1. I wanted to be a nurse as long as I can recall. My mother is a nurse.
2. I graduated from nursing school and became an RN in 1973.
3. Lack of depth in staffing. Lack of training for updates. We utilize telehealth and that is helpful, but hands on is best. Having to be a jack of all trades. That means from knowing how to turn on the xray developer to running a code to unplugging a toilet at 0100!
4. I do not believe any specific training is needed. Experience is most helpful for both employee and employer. A good course in assessment skills is necessary-something along the lines of nurse practiioner level. And all those certifications are a must--ACLS, PALS, TNCC.
5. Yes, due to the limited resources and time involved in gathering additional assistance the nurse is often the sole provider for short periods of time.
6. Hopefully it is equvilant to the more developed areas in their region. Otherwise it is almost impossible to get and retain nurses. We have the same starting wages and comparable wage scale as the next largest city.
7. Well that depends on which area you work in. Most RN's in the building respond to an emergency, so that can blow a hole in your best laid plans for the day. Never a dull moment! I am wandering,,,I believe there is no typical day! What with outpatients, and ER's, and walkin's for blood pressure checks or employees with health concerns or inquiries for care for a loved one and meetings and committee work...
8. As I said above, we utilize teleconferences a lot for education, but it's just not quite the same. We go out some, but the budget does not allow for much of that. We read and share material. We rely on whatever freebies we find,,,we get really good at that. We may have to drive to it, but if it's free when we get there, we go. Places like Eastern State offer us free workshops, we try to go to all the workshops offered free by DSHS or DOH, things like that.
9. We will take someone with no experience, but for your own growth, eventually you must go out into the other world. Otherwise you just won't be as well rounded as you need to be to be a really good rural nurse.
10. You go!! I just recieved this, so hope it is helpful. I stopped accessing this web site as I did not recieve responses from my inquiries. I just completed by BSN in December (yes after all these years, I now tell nursing students to do it when they are younger not wait as long as I did!)
I am an RN, BSN and my main job is Resident Care Coordinator for our long term care facility within a rural health care system that includes a critical access hospital, clinic and nursing home.