Now that Booyarn's given you a serious response, I can now exercise my mischievous tendencies....
1.How do you know nursing was the career for you?
2.Did money influence your decision to become a nurse or was it based soley on your passion for nursing?
Neither, I wanted a nurses uniform so I could play doctor/nurse with Hubby
3.What is the most difficult part of your work day?
Getting out of bed.
4.What is your specialty, and why did you choose it?
Slapping people awake after surgery. As for why, see answer to #1
5.How important is Math in nursing, and what would you say to students who struggle with the subject.
The only prayerth we thay during work hourth are thingth like "Oh Lord, pleath don't let thith patient crash.
6.How long did it take you to find a job after graduating, and where was it? ( hospital, nursing home, etc... )
Didn't look for a job. Was so frazzled, didn't want
a job. Eventually, the job found me....
7.Death is a part of life and is most often the most feared. Have you ever had a patient die and if so how did you handle it?
Now this one I get serious about. I've never lost a patient in PACU (says she, running to the nearest wooden artifact and squeezing it so tight it almost breaks) and those deaths which I have seen were, for the most part, welcome releases for people in pain for which living was a daily hell. Although sad, you are relieved and grateful that their suffering is over. For someone who wishes to specialize in pediatrics, be warned-children, too, can die, and this can be soul-destroying if you don't have either particularly thick skin OR a level of faith that can carry you through that particular grief.
8.One negative thing I've heard about nursing is you don't get breaks. Is it true, and do you agree with the practice?
Nonsense, you get plenty of breaks! Broken thermometers, broken dynamaps, pulse oximeters - you name it, nothing is nurse-proof!
9.Currently I am student pursing my ADN. How important is it to continue on to get a BSN?
Currently I am pursing my lips while considering the question
Those with ADN will probably tell you it's not important, while those with BSN will tell you it's vital....
10. I want to specialize in pediatrics or labor and delivery. What advice to you give to reach my goal?
Sorry, can't offer much advice here - your training programs are so different to the one I did, I have no idea whether you get any peds experience during your training. Now, the first ward I worked back in 83 was pediatric surgery, and I did a stint in pediatric medical later; all in all I did three months, one of which being night duty when I was the senior student, running the ward under supervision of an RN. Same applied to gynaecology, but obstetrics was a separate course, and only those actually doing the course got to work in that dept.