1. To assist in the provision of "care" to a population (patients) that seek/need, services that you can provide. (Wait - that sounds funny - not HA HA either
- but, thats the best I can do.
2. Nursing throughout the last 30 years has changed (but I've not been a nurse that long - just observed). My mother was a nurse and I always thought that she held a compassionate but not "professional" job in many ways - salary, educational preparation, essentially a handmaiden to the doctors - (plus she ALWAYS had nice white uniforms, hat, shoes and was just beautiful when she went to work). I, however, am rarely a "handmaiden" to any doctor, have an amazing amount of education & technical training, I am expected to fully participate in patients care and feel generally respected by other healthcare providers and the public (to some extent), and I (although I do iron scrubs
) am certain that I am a bit less presentable than my mother was!
3. I think the future of nursing will have nurses doing more than ever, needing more education and "taking" on more (formal) responsibilities for patient outcomes. And I think the shortage will increase dramatically over the next 10 years.
5. ER/Critical Care
6. Beauty Queen (felt like a JOB!), Real Estate Agent, Tourism/Public Relations Coordinator, Firefighter, Paramedic, Registered Nurse (Odd combo!)
7. As a paramedic, I used the Excelsior (Regents) fast track to a nursing degree to augment my ff/medic salary (30K)
10. Go on to your BSN with another major (education/business) - it will increase your options in the "nursing field". After a really bad "day" - I might even tell 'em to go into accounting.
11. That in 6 months you'll be amazed at what you DID NOT know at the start! And in 2 years that "amazed" feeling will start to go and you'll be then really be amazed at just how much you know. Oh, and take every educational opportunity that comes your way. For the ED - ACLS, PALS, TNCC, ENPC, NRP, BTLS, ATLS (audit). Also, if you can get any pre-hospital experience (EMT-B or Paramedic) it will be as good as GOLD in the ED/CC/Transport environments (and will change your thinking). Also, keep up formal education - go ahead with BSN/MSN and get active in professional organizations and work toward "board" certifications - CEN/CCRN in your nursing speciality.
ACLS-Advanced Cardiac Life Support
PALS-Pediatric Advanced Life Support
TNCC-Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum
ENPC-Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (Curriculum)
NRP-Neonatal Resuscitation Program
BTLS-Basic Trauma Life Support
ATLS- Advanced Trauma Life Support
EMT-B, Emergency Medical Technician Basic
Paramedic-Advanced provider EMT either National Registry(NREMT) or EMT-P
CEN-Certified Emergency Nurse
CCRN-Critical Care Registered Nurse
12. My husband "hates" it. He used to lovingly tease my "mail order diploma" until he saw my nursing paycheck. Since money was never really an issue - he, now, just wants me away from the healthcare "industry" (due to shift demands, germs, potential for violence-injury) and into an more independent line of work! (heading to law school)
13. Yes. The best defense is a good offense! Practice SAFE, stay SAFE. And document, document, document. Stay current and know the "why" behind every action or inaction! You'll do just fine.
14. I do, on occasion, get a "warm fuzzy" from a patient or family (but its not the ones you'd think you'd get it from most of the time). These are nice, but usually make me uncomfortable for some reason - ?
On a basis that is more rare, but has greater value, will leave the shift KNOWING that my action REALLY did save a patient!
15. I think the ED issue with lack of respect from the "population that seeks my services" has been the single most NEGATIVE factor - and the biggest reason I'm seeking an alternate career.
16. Excelsior College
17. Have to take only BLS (CPR) ACLS. PALS. For the real answer - ACLS, PALS, NRP, TNCC, ENPC, ATLS (audit), NREMT-P, CEN, CCRN - and various instructor disciplines. Don't have to, but working on the MSN too!
GOOD LUCK HeatherRR!
Use the answers if you want and (this is GOOD ADVICE) Keep ahead of the "project/essay/paper" game, otherwise it'll drive you mad!