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Career Story: Triage Nurse At A Regional Hospital

Triage Nurse At A Regional Hospital

Job Title: Triage Nurse

Type of Company: I work for a large hospital in a suburb of Boston.

Education: UMass-Dartmouth, Quincy College (Quincy, MA)

Previous Experience: I worked as a hospital office manager and that led to my nursing position.

Job Tasks: I have been a triage nurse for a year now but a nurse since 1999.

I triage several phone calls a day and I administer vaccinations and EKG's when i am called upon to. I am a team player and always ask my colleagues if they need help with their duties if I am familiar with them.

I also brief diabetics on the effects of insulin and help them to better understand the food pyramid and the foods they're permitted to eat. We see many young adults who have eating disorders as well, and it is very difficult to see the damage that they do to themselves without suspecting it.

We do flu clinics which are open to all our patients, but we try to make sure that the patients who are at higher risk are among the first to get the shots: diabetics, those with weakened or compromised immune systems, patients over 60 and patients with young children.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the feeling I get at the end of the day for helping people and knowing that I made a difference in their lives.

The worst part is probably seeing that a patient has been diagnosed with cancer or a terminal disease.

Job Tips:
1. It's never too late to become a nurse. So if it's in you, don't give up!

2. Try to do the best you can and be a team player, while always thinking about the patient first.

3. Get all the experience you can in this field.

Additional Thoughts: People look at me with a lot of respect but if I could change one thing, I'd get my masters before I decided to have an emotional relationship with anyone. Otherwise, "Never late, always willing to learn and be a team player": these have beenmy mantra and the keys to my nursing success.

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