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Hey all,

I am in need of a little help. I need to do an interview with a nurse for my nutrtion class and if anyone can help me out I would greatly appreciate it. All I need is a brief answer to the following questions:

Name:

Education:

Position:

How long in position?

Previous background:

What would I expect to start out making as a nurse in your position?

Who do you report to?

Who reports to you?

Job responsibilities?

What type of patients do you see?

How far can you go in your field?

What do you like best about your job?

What do you like least?

How difficult was it to find a job?

Would you recommend your job to others?

*The important questions*

Please list any professional organizations you belong to if any

Are you required to take any additional nutrition education?

Do you read any professional journals? Any nutrition related?

In what ways does nutrition education counseling interact in your job?

Any replies would be very helpful! Thank you to anyone willing to help

ErinS, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice.

Name: Erin

Education: BSN, getting my MSN (education track)

Position: Hospice RN

How long in position? 2 years

Previous background: Float pool for 2 years as cna, 1 year as lpn, 1 year as RN, 6 months as travel nurse specializing in cardiac stepdown

What would I expect to start out making as a nurse in your position? It is difficult to get into hospice as a new grad with my company, but our pay is $22.60/hour and $37/visit

Who do you report to? My manager, the hospice director, my medical director

Who reports to you? I work on an interdiciplinary team, so no one really 'reports' to me, but I work with a chaplain, social worker, CNA's, and volunteers.

Job responsibilities? Managing care for those with a terminal condition, particularly developing a plan of care that assists in keeping my patients safe and comfortable.

What type of patients do you see? Pt's with a terminal illness, from pediatrics through geriatrics. Common patients are those with heart disease, alzheimers, pulmonary disease, and cancer.

How far can you go in your field? I could try to go into hospice management, but that is not my interest. I hope to go into nursing education and inspire future nurses to strive to provide comfort for people across their lifespan.

What do you like best about your job? I have a lot of flexibility, autonomy, and I really make a difference in one of the most difficult times of most peoples lives.

What do you like least? It is incredibly stressful, and sometimes terrible things happen to good people, and I see it everyday at work.

How difficult was it to find a job? It was easy for me to get a job, although when I was hired there was generally less nurses being hired.

Would you recommend your job to others? If you have a personality that allows you to distance yourself from stressful, emotional situations, than I would. I think you just need to be realistic about how difficult it really is to see people die every day.

*The important questions*

Please list any professional organizations you belong to if any

Utah Student Nurses Association

Are you required to take any additional nutrition education?

I had to take a nutrition class for nursing school, and have to do annual education regarding enteral and parenteral nutrition for my job.

Do you read any professional journals? Any nutrition related?

I read professional journals, mostly hospice and palliative care related. None are specific to nutrition, but there are quite a few articles on nutrition, particularly as the hospice community wrestles with what kind of nutrition should be offered at the end of life.

In what ways does nutrition education counseling interact in your job?

Many of my patients are facing decisions about tube feeding and use of tpn. We work with the nutrition clinic at the hospital to assist these patients with the difficult decisions.

Thank you so much! You are a great help! God Bless