Job Title: Registered Nurse
Education: AS in Nursing, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH
Previous Experience: I entered the nursing program directly out of high school with little to no knowledge of what a nurse does. Since graduation I have worked in Radiology, Obstetrics, Intensive Care and Emergency before becoming a Hospital Supervisor
Job Tasks: As a hospital supervisor, I am responsible for arranging adequate staffing within all nursing departments of the hospital. I respond to emergency situations such as cardiac arrests, delivery of babies when there is a problem delivery, or arrival of trauma victims into the Emergency Department.
I am fortunate to work in a smaller facility, under 200 beds, so I often have the opportunity to provide direct patient care, help my fellow staff and meet the family members of our patients.
I am also crosstrained as a nurse in the Emergency Department where I triage patients to decide which patients will be treated in what order, assist physicians with suturing, examinations of patients with various medical problems, including all age groups from small infants to the elderly.
In the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as well as the Emergency Department, I can be monitoring for sudden changes in cardiac activity which could indicate worsening conditions such as an extension of a myocardial infarction (heart attack), or rhythms which, if not acted upon quickly, could cause death. For example, ventricular fibrillation causes the heart to pump completely ineffectively so blood can not circulate, atrial fibrillation can cause the development of clots which in turn may be pumped to the brain causing strokes.
As with all nurses, I am responsible to identify abuse, provide a helping hand and ease the pain of a dying patient. I provide education to patients and families. I teach them how to care for themselves and loved ones at home. I teach young adults about their health and the impacts of life choices. Hopefully they are more knowledgeable and will make wiser decisions as they mature.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best is the feeling of doing something worthwhile and to know that I helped someone to not hurt or to learn more about a disease process.
The worst is the continual phones asking for me to pick up extra shifts when my children are home or have a special event.
1. You have life and death decisions to make, it is a serious and very important role you will play.
2. It will make you feel very proud and worthwhile when someone says thank you for being here for my mother, father or other loved one.
3. Before you go into nursing school, be sure you want to give of yourself on a daily basis
Additional Thoughts: I feel it is the best most rewarding career in the world! I am proud to be a nurse and strongly encourage anyone (no matter your age) to think of nursing as a lifetime of learning and giving.
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