Hi, I wanted to help if I could to get another response.
1. How long have you been a nurse?
11 years. First as an LPN, then RN. I am currently working on my BSN (will grad in April) and will hopefully be starting Graduate school this summer for NP.
2. Why did you choose nursing?
I chose nursing when I was little, my father was diagnosed with cancer when I was 8.
3. Was your journey through training difficult?
Yes, it was. I had a family to take care of and my mother was sick as well while I was in nursing school
4. Where do you currently work?
I currently do home care. I see an average of 5-6 patients each day.
5. Do you like your job? Why?
I love my job. I get to see patients in their own home and their environment. I teach them how to manage their disease from diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, lung disease, strokes, wound care, IV medications. Just about everything that you would find in a hospital we see in home care. I help them control their symptoms and teach them how their medications work.
6. What do you like most/least?
Most: I become part of the family. I can build a relationship with each patient. Least: the politics of home care. Tons of rules and regulations.
7. What is difficult about your job?
You drive in every weather condition imaginable, you can go into bad neighborhoods. Then there is always that pt that will not do what is asked of them, and not do what the doctor has instructed them to do.
8. Have you ever been disappointed in your job?
Yes, sometimes I find certain situations that I cant change or help. Things that the pts need, they are unable to get due to certain rules or guidelines.
9. Does your work always stay at the hospital?
In home care, nothing stays at work. Its a 24/7 job. Tremendous amts of paperwork, phone calls to MDs, keeping up with when certain things are due. Alot of it can be done in the home, then alot of it is done away from the patient.
10. Do you feel your job is stressful?
Its stressful, but a different kind of stress. Driving in the rain I hate. Meeting deadlines, keeping up with the ever changing rules of Medicare.
11. Does being a nurse create stress in your everyday life?
No. I have been doing home care for so long, that my family knows when Im working, that it has to be done.
12. Describe your typical week as a nurse.
LOl, how much time do you have? This past week.....
Monday: Admitted one patient with CHF, approx 2 hour visit, taught some new medications, inst to diet to help decrease edema, 1 hr of paperwork..... 2nd pt Amission for physical therapy only...... 1 hr visit, 1 hr paperwork. Last pt was a wound vac change... 1 hr visit. Day took approx 9 hrs of paperwork and visit time.... drove 135 miles.
Tues: 6 visits, one CHF, one COPD, one wound, 2 teaching visits, one IV. 7 hrs and 130 miles
Wed: One recertification on a wound care pt. visit 45 min, 1hr paperwork, 2 admissions..... paperwork and visits combined 4 hrs...... 2 regular visits. 9 hr day and 100 miles
Thurs: 3 admissions: One was a pt with severe PVD, with multiple necrotic areas that were for wound care.... 2.5 hr visit, 1 hr paperwork, next admit: Viet Nam vet with recent hospitalization for a blood sugar of 1700. Massive wounds to feet. 3.5 hr visit, 1 hr paperwork..... last admit: therapy only 2 hrs paperwork/visit. One regular visit that was anything but regular.... sent him to ER for extremely low BP and HR. 2 hr visit. 145 miles.
Fri: 5 regular visits.... each visit 30-45 min.... drove 100 miles.... done by 3 pm.
Mon- Thurs after I get home about 2-3 hrs on computer finishing chart. Fri afternoon talking with MDs and following up on lose ends from all the admissions.
And some people say that home care is not "real" nursing. :uhoh21:
13. How do you think your life differs from that of another individual not affiliated with the medical field?
I may not be paid as well as the mechanic down the road, but my job is more rewarding when I see the light bulb go off.
14. What do you think are the benefits of being a nurse?
I can make a difference in someones life.
Hope this helps some. Good luck in school