Quote from KaraBear1121
Hey everyone! I'm in my first semester of my ASN program and our assignment is to interview a practicing RN.. I don't know any so I figured I'd post on here! (My other option was walking into a hospital and just grabbing somebody until I found one that would talk, and since I figured that wasn't great, here I am)
If anyone could help me out I would greatly appreciate it!
The questions are:
1.) What is your educational background? ADN-Nsg, BA- Biology.
2.) What field are you in and how did you decide on this area of nursing?
CCU - I was 'burned out' working a medical floor for 3 yrs and the hospital asked for people interested in Critical Care Orientation Course. I did it and have never looked back. Critical Care is where I want to be.
3.) Was it hard to find work in your area and how did you go about it?
Not hard at all. My first job in this area, I applied with HR, found out who the NM was for the floor I was interested in, sent HER a copy of my resume directly with a nice letter explaining that I'd love the opportunity to sit down with her and discuss how we could be mutual allies and help each other meet our goals, and then I interviewed positively AND sent a f/u card thanking her for her valuable time.
Job was mine. Probably would have been, in any case: but - I think it would have been mine even if I was highly competing for it.
Since then: I've changed jobs twice and both times, I was already on a personal, first name basis w/ the new managers. The key for career mobility is networking.
4.) What areas are related to your work? I'm not sure what you want answered: ER and PACU are related units. My area is related to lots of areas of nursing: I work on a general Critical Care unit. I work with medical, surgical, CV, Neuro, and peds pts. Although, peds are normally shipped to a higher level of care.
5.) Do you ever have students work with you? Yes. We have both nursing students and new grads orienting into CCU that work in and around us. Also, EMTs come and do some training rotations.
6.) Can I contact you later if I have more questions? Sure, PM me here and I can give you contact info for chat, etc.
7.) Can you think of any helpful advice that you could give me on my journey?
Stay positive. Live your contribution and be proud of it.
8.) How long have you been a nurse? 13 yrs.
9.) What are your future plans? CCU nursing for the time being. Maybe a lawyer someday, which shouldn't surprise anyone that knows me on this site.
Once again, THANK YOU! - you're welcome.