Quote from rosebud086
Hi! My name is Gayle, and I am a first year college student. I am enrolled in a research writing course and I chose nursing as my topic. I will narrow it down later of course, but for right now I need to interview an RN (or a few) so I can brainstorm on ideas. If you have time, PLEASE HELP ME! I am not sure if this will give your name and a way to contact you by e-mail or anything.... but that would be great if you could include them. I need some proof of consent. Here are the questions. THANK YOU!
1. How long have you been a nurse?
I have been a nurse for going on 21 years. I started as an LPN and then went for my RN and am now trying to complete my BSN and graduate degree.
2. Why did you choose nursing?
Initially I chose nursing because of the job opportunities available and the fact that I felt compassion for the ill. As I grew in the profession, I discovered that I had a passion to provide care and nurturing to people that were less fortunate than I am. Today, I stay in nursing because of the diversity and flexibility it has offered me across the years. I hope to finish my degree so I can spend my older years between teaching and clinical practice.
3. Was your journey through training difficult?
It took me a while to finish my RN due to family obligations and work commitments. The actualy educational portion of my training was tough, but enlightening. I discovered a great deal about myself and my abilities. Overall, I think nursing education has changed over the years and I have developed into a very strong clinician. Nursing is a life-long learning profession and your learning and development never end. Just because you are a graduate or out of school does not mean that your learning or education end. There are many things to learn with changes in health care and advancing technology. In addition, as nursing changes, the educational requirements for certain types of positions change and that requires additional education and/or training. So, my jouney through my nursing education continues even to this date.
4. Where do you currently work?
I work for a small rual hospital in Western North Carolina.
5. Do you like your job? Why?
I love being a nurse. There are days I wonder why I do it, but overall, yes, I do enjoy working with patients and the activities of being a nurse very much.
6. What do you like most/least?
Most - I enjoy working with the patients and knowing that I had something to do with their healing process. I think it is a very humbling experience to work with people. Patient's trust nurses and allow them into their lives because they are sick and need care. It is a very vulerable time for a patient and being a nurse and knowing that I can help with their healing is very rewarding to me.
Least - I wish nurses were more unified as a profession. We can accomplish a great deal if we worked together to solve the staffing problems and some of the issues that nursing face.
7. What is difficult about your job?
Time management and balancing the care and needs of many different types of patients.
8. Have you ever been disappointed in your job?
A resounding yes .. this disappointment stems many times from my inability to provide the type of care that I wish I could provide to my patients. I am always disappointed that money plays any role in someone getting services they need to live a better life.
9. Does your work always stay at the hospital?
I have a very diversified background and have had the opportunity to work in many different environments as a nurse. I love acute care and think I will be there for several more years (if my poor old body can manage the med-surg unit)
10. Do you feel your job is stressful?
Being a nurse is very stressful. We are responsible for another human life and that is an emense responibility.
11. Does being a nurse create stress in your everyday life?
In the beginning of my career, I took much of the stress home and sometimes I still do. But over the years, I have realized that I must leave the stress of the job there and come home with a sense that I did everything within my power to meet the needs of my patients. But there is a great deal of stress. Some nursing jobs are less stressful, but being an acute care nurse is very stressful these days!
12. Describe your typical week as a nurse.
There is not enough room on this response to descibe all I do as a nurse in a week. Sorry!
13. How do you think your life differs from that of another individual not affiliated with the medical field?
Probably less stressful .. that is for sure and I think not as fulfilled. My life as a nurse is very fulfilling for me. I know that I am contributing not only to the individual patient's wellbeing, but to the community as a whole and that is very fulfilling to me.
14. What do you think are the benefits of being a nurse?
I have always felt very proud to be a nurse, knowing that not everyone can do what I do on a daily basis. That is probably the best benefit of all.
Good luck with your project and I hope my response has helped a little.