Published Apr 14, 2014
Hello! My name is Jasmine and I'm currently in a paramedical biology class. I'm very much so interested in Nursing. My class has a project where we need to interview someone in or who was in the medical field. I have a few questions that will only take a few minutes to answer. If interested please respond with an email address I can contact you through.
nurseprnRN, BSN, RN
1) Jasmine, never, ever post your real name or picture on an internet site. You can change it by asking the mods to help you, and that will automatically change all your past posts too.
2) I know you're not a nursing student yet, and if it interests you we hope we'll see you on the Student boards soon. This is what we tell nursing students who ask us these questions-- this will give you a leg up on your classmates fer sher!
We get these requests a lot, so if there are any other students out there who might get this kind of assignment, listen up:
Part of your faculty's reason for giving you this assignment is to get you to go out there and speak to someone face to face. A big email blast is not a substitute for shoe leather. AN is not Google.
See, in nursing and in all of healthcare, you have to learn to speak to a lot of people you would not otherwise encounter; you might find yourself out of your comfort zone. This is part of nursing, a huge part. An anonymous respondent online, well, you don't really know who we are, do you? We could be the truck driving guy living next door for all you know.
So if all you do about learning new things is "Go to the keyboard and hit send," then you are limiting your chances of actual learning a valuable skill you will need all your working life. Also, your faculty will not be impressed by your citation of an anonymous nurse on the internet.
That said: Where will you find a nurse? Think outside the (computer) box.
Local hospital: go to the staff development/inservice education office and ask one of them. They value education and will be happy to chat or to hook you up with someone who is.
Go to the public health department downtown. Ditto.
Go to the local school and ask to speak to a school nurse. Ditto.
Go to a local clinic / physician/NP office. Ditto.
Go to the local jail and ask to speak to the nurse there. Ditto.
Notice all of these say, "Go to..." and not "Email..." Remember that part about meeting new people face to face and comfort zone.
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