Ashley O’Donnell, CNM
I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in the medical field. I remember telling my mom I was going to be a nurse in the military. I was drawn to every medical show out there and would get in trouble often for sneaking to watch Rescue 911. After high school, I joined the United States Air Force and trained as an EMT. I got out of the service to focus on starting a family of my own but struggled with infertility like many others.
After years of traveling the world and exploring different career paths, I realized my calling was in the medical field and started taking prerequisite classes. During nursing school, I worked as a certified nurse aide at Vanderbilt Medical Center Surgical ICU and enjoyed caring for the family as much as the patients in my care. I completed an ASN at Tennessee State University in 2016 and was hired as an ICU nurse before graduation. I worked in the ICU for 1 year but realized that was not where my heart wanted to be and quickly transitioned to L&D. I loved working bedside but knew I wanted to be able to offer my patients more.
In 2018 I applied for Midwifery school; If I can not have children of my own, I will work the rest of my life ensuring that families get the experience and deliveries they desire. I completed my MSN with Frontier Nursing University in 2022 and plan to finish my DNP in the near future.
We moved to Omaha in October and have enjoyed it thus far. When not at work, we are chasing around our daughter and 3 dogs. We love finding new paths to walk on and parks to play in. We can not wait to explore Omaha Zoo, which we have heard so much about.