dcsimg

Career Story: Registered Nurse In A Hospital Neuroscience Unit

Registered Nurse In A Hospital Neuroscience Unit

Job Title: Registered Nurse

Type of Company: Non-profit hospital, founding member of one of the largest health care systems in the country.

Education: Bunker Hill Community College •• (Boston, MA) •• Salem State College (Salem, MA)

Previous Experience: I worked in a law office and decided to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse and furthering my career. I did not see a future for myself working on personal injury claims.

Job Tasks: I am a staff nurse in a busy neuroscience unit in a major Boston teaching hospital. I work permanent nights and serve as a charge nurse on a rotating basis. I care for a wide variety of patients undergoing neurology or neurosurgery work-ups, as well as patients from other units when they have to be boarded on our floor: an orthopedic surgery patient recovering from a hip or knee replacement, or a patient undergoing a work-up for a cardiac problem or a patient with a pulmonary problem.

I typically care for 3-5 patients on my shift, which are 12 hours long, 7PM-7AM. I take vital signs, do a complete patient assessment, including neurological, cardiac, pulmonary, etc. I dispense medications, assist my patients to perform their activities of daily living, including toileting, mouth and skin care, chest physiotherapy, walking around, etc.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is that I'm truly autonomous. Over the years, I've developed assessment skills and I am confident in my patients' condition. I collaborate with the doctors in the unit to ensure the best patient outcome. I also make a decent living, with the night and weekend differential. There are fewer people around at night and that makes for a kinder, gentler workplace.

The worst part of the job is always being tired and knowing that I will probably never truly catch up on my sleep.

Job Tips: Work hard, study hard, try working in different areas of nursing. Pursue the highest degree that you want and know that you truly make a difference.

Always remember that the person you are caring for is somebody's child or a parent, and you are their advocate while they are under your care. It is your responsibility to give 100% when you are caring for them.

Popular Schools offering Rn Registered Nursing Programs

quickinfoClick the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .

Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school

Matching School Ads

Do you aspire to fulfill an evolving healthcare role as a highly-qualified nursing professional? Apply to GCU!

  • Programs: Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership, M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge), Doctor of Nursing Practice, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Certificate, Master

We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and complete your degree as quickly as possible.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration, Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator
  • Degrees: Master
West Coast University
Anaheim, North Hollywood, Ontario

West Coast University

  • Programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, MSN - Informatics (Online), MSN – Advanced Generalist (Online), more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master
Brightwood College
San Diego, Vista

About Brightwood College

Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

  • Programs: Nursing , Vocational Nursing
  • Degrees: Associate, Diploma
Unitek College
Fremont, Hayward

Unitek College™ is a privately held vocational school dedicated to helping you gain the skills needed to advance your career or begin a brand new career. 

  • Programs: Associate of Science in Nursing, Vocational Nursing
  • Degrees: Associate, Certificate
Platt College
Alhambra

Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

  • Programs: Vocational Nursing Program*
  • Degrees: Associate

Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning.

  • Programs: Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership Track (MSN to DNP), Online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN-FNP), Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Track (BSN to DNP), more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Sacred Heart University Online 

  • Programs: MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN - Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
  • Degrees: Master

The University

With over 80 years of academic achievements, Jacksonville University is a traditional, longstanding institution consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best colleges.

  • Programs: MSN Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Registered Nurses

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Registered Nurses, including:

Back to Top