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Career Story: Gastrointestinal Nurse In A Hospital

Gastrointestinal Nurse In A Hospital

Job Title: Gastrointestinal Nurse

Type of Company: My company is a non-profit 1000 bed hospital providing level I trauma service to the region.

Education: BS, Neuroscience, University of Scranton (Scranton, PA) •• BS, Nursing, Southern Connecticut State University •• Family Nurse Practitioner Student, Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT)

Previous Experience: I worked on a surgery/trauma unit for five years, had a baby and wanted to return to work part-time

Job Tasks: I am responsible for keeping patients safe and comfortable during gastrointestinal procedures. As a nurse, I assist the doctor during the procedures by taking biopsies and providing adequate sedation to the patients to keep them comfortable. After the procedures, I am responsible for taking frequent vital signs to insure adequate recovery from sedation received during the procedure. In addition, I explain to patients and their families what to expect when they go home and when to call the physician if there is a problem.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I enjoy being a resource to patients and helping them to cope with an uncomfortable situation. The job schedule is very family-friendly and flexible. The worst part of the position is that it is not always challenging.

Job Tips: It is helpful to work as a nursing assistant through school if possible. I believe that this provides the student with exposure to the healthcare system. The clinical time given throughout schooling is not always enough to make sure you are comfortable handling people in very vulnerable situations. If it is something that you really want to do, then stick to it... It is very rewarding.

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