sorry i didn't answer sooner - work has been very busy... okay here goes:
your name: (last name initial is fine)
1- how did you decide to become a cns?i bacame an adult health cns because after finishing my masters degree in nursing (concentration in management and leadership), i realized that i really didn't want to be a manager. i wanted a more clinical focus.
2- how did you get your first job in the field?when you do your cns, you have a minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience. i was fortunate that i had some wonderful experiences. i heard about this job via the grapevine and interviewed and got the job over five other candidates.
3- is continueingeducationa requirement?yes, in both il and for continued certification, continuing education is very important. it is also important that you never stop learning because you risk becoming stagnant.[color="dimgray"]
4- what aspects of your job do you find to be rewarding?[color="sienna"]i enjoy helping people so am most rewarded when i can help a patient better deal with their diagnosis or find them a medication or combo of meds that works.
5- what aspects of your job do you find to be most challenging?i work with an indigent and often homeless clientele and i find the sense of "you gotta help me" wears me out! you have to do to get in this life and nothing is handed to you. for instance, today had a patient ask for $20. told him that was the reason i went to work everyday!
6- how has this kind of work changed since you first entered the profession?i graduated with my cns in may 2006 so nope, nothing has changed - i still have the same job.
7- what do you do during a typical day/week?my job is in a large nephrology group and i do dialysis patient rounding. my typical week is spent seeing approx 200 patients at two separate dialysis units.
8- what are the most important skills( or knowledge, or attitude) necessary to be succesful in your career?i think the most important skill for any nurse is to have a sense of humor and not take yourself too seriously. other attributes: compassion, common sense, ability to multi-task and prioritize care
9-if you had any advice to give to a high school studetn considering your profession, what would it be?i would advise a high school student to go straight into a bsn and then gain several years of experience, including just general life experience so that you can decide what you want to do with your grad degree.
10- what reading/resreach would you suggest that would help me to learn more about your profession?i always advise people to get a job in the hospital, any job will do in order to better observe nurses and decide just exactly what they want to do.