1.whats a typical day at work like? My typical day may not be what you're looking for. I am a pediatric private duty nurse. So I go to people's homes, help with their disabled, medically fragile children. My duties may vary, depending on the client. My day could consist of Ongoing Assessment throughout shift, vital signs, AM care, suctioning, support/teaching to the family. Administer meds., feedings, treatments, if any, skin care, etc... this list could go on. ...
2.what are the major skills,knowledge,and abilities necessary for success in the nursing field? The obvious -- caring, compassion and understanding.
3.what type of experience is helpful for entering this field? Anything people related, whether it be secretarial, customer service, or previously working in the healthcare profession
4.what college courses helped you the most? math and psychology
5.how did you enter the profession? I needed something with a little more flexibility. I was working as a legal assistant, and was having some serious problems with my daughter at the time. Nursing just "worked" for me
6.what do you like least about this job? Paperwork!! There are just not enough hours in the day to fill out a thousand forms.
7.what are the most important personal satisfactions connected with your field? Feeling as if I'm making a difference in somebody's life, and actually HELPING. The families really do appreciate your help and knowledge.
8.what trends do you see impacting this field? Medical / health care coverage. Some of these families have to fight for necessities to properly care for their child.
9.what advice would you give people entering this field? It is not for everybody. Know YOURSELF first, to be sure of what YOU want to do. Kids can sense, even if they can't speak. They know if you're happy with your job, if you're frustrated with them, etc.