1. Demographic information about the nurse you interviewed. Do not include nurse's name. You may use initials or the terms "interviewee" or "the nurse": Gender Age Ethnicity How long have you been a nurse? What educational preparation for nursing do you have? Do you have any specialty certifications? I am female, 34, white, and I have been a nurse for 2 1/2 years. I have an ADN along with NRP, ACLS, BLS and currently working on STABLE certification.
2.What type of setting (e.g., pediatrics, Intensive Care, community health, medical-surgical) do you practice in? What other type of settings have you practiced in? Which setting has been your favorite and why?I currently work in OB. Previously I worked med/surg/tele. Ob is my passion, I worked med/surg/tele for the experience then moved onto my dream job. And I still love going to work everyday!
3. Why did you become a nurse?
I became a nurse because I like to figure out the answers to difficult questions. I mulitask well and I wanted a job where I could do many different things each day. I didn't want to sit at a desk and push papers.
4. What do you believe are the advantages to choosing a career in nursing? I don't think it's about advantages... if you love what you do, there will be advantages, but if you hate it... do something else. My personal advantages are: working 3 days a week and still being full time, scrubs (I hate dress clothes!), no day is ever the same as the last, and I feel like I make a difference.
5. What do you believe are the disadvantages to choosing a career in nursing? I work holidays, weekends and some evenings. I take call for my unit. It is highly stressful at times and I spend my day in blood, vomit and goodness knows what else...
6. How has nursing changed since you became a nurse? I don't get worked up about the small stuff. It takes a lot of blood to worry me... I am honest and to the point (no time to beat around the bush!). I go home every night and am thankful that my kids are healthy and happy!
7. What are your professional goals for the next five years? To become RNC in OB, complete my BSN.
8. What are the most important issues in the nursing profession right now? Health care reform... who knows what it's going to look like. The concern is that nurses will have more patients, less resources and less pay...
9. Describe an incident in your nursing career that made you question your decision to become a nurse. I don't question my decision.
10. Describe an incident in your nursing career that gave you the most professional and/or personal gratification. Back when I worked med/surg/tele. I had an elderly pt die. Which wasn't unusual or unexpected but his family all resided out of state, so I had spent several shifts on the phone keeping them updated on their dad's condition and it was very emotional. I ultimately had to call the son and tell him that his father had died... It was difficult in the moment but then I moved on to my pts... a few days later the son and his brother came to my hospital to personally thank me for being with their dad and for being so kind to them... I was touched that they took the time to come and find me, in the midst of a difficult time for their family. I never underestimate the impact that my actions may have on someone. And I can't think of that son without a tear in my eye...
I hope this helps you! Best of luck!