ok so i have to write a report about the career field i want to go into and im supposed to intervew a professional, experienced nurse. well since i don't personally know any, and i figured i can't just walk into a hospital, grab a nurse and start an interview with him/her, i figured why not turn to allnurses.com!
anyways i need you to answer as many of the following questions as possible.
i really would appreciate it :heartbeat
thank you in advance
(1) how important is writing in this profession? it's paramount if you plan on being respected and successful.
(2) how often do you write a day, a week? about 100+ paragraphs per shift.
(3) for what occasions do you write? notes, care plans, notes to physicians, surveys, reports, reviews, evaluations, classes, etc.
(4) who do you write to? patients, physicians, supervisors (reports, etc), other staff, patient notes.
(5) do you write and/or give presentations? both; classes are given in written format backed by the presentation so the content is understood by administration and stakeholders.
(6) how important is it that the writing be clear and correct for this profession? grade school should take care of spelling and grammar (save the occasional error). continued communication errors are unacceptable in this profession. typically when staff encounter poor communication skills “go back to grade school” (and similar) comments are common (often out of earshot). remember, this is not a high school issue; it’s a grade school issue. holding a degree and license in charge of the lives of others when one can’t be bothered to master their native tongue is inexcusable.
(7) does clear organization in writing matter in this profession? it is important to make your point and be succinct. errors are common with individuals who have difficulty communicating precisely what is intended. miscommunication costs lives; many (literally).
(8) are high school and college english courses essential for this career? grade school english should suffice (if the student is paying attention). basic grammar and spelling are covered in grade school and are perfected thereafter. why do you or don’t you think so? in career ads, you will see "excellent communication skills are a must." this is typically code for " can you read and write the native language of the land? if english is your native language, it is inexcusable not to be able to master your own tongue (especially since most americans are uni-lingual).
(9) do you do research? rarely, yes.
(10) do you have to write performance reviews? yes.
(11) if so, is it important these are written well? it's expected why? if this is not the case, the supervisory position held is undeserved. how would you like your career to be judged by someone who couldn't spell?
errors are common, especially in haste (which is understandable). you never want errors on employee reviews, patient records or hospital records. errors are ridiculed in court and continued errors often discredit the author even going as far as accusing them of incompetency. poor communication it is not a disability, it is a choice. effective communication says volumes about who we are.
i never hire people who cannot bother to master their own language, especially if that’s the only language they use for a couple decades. i do make exceptions if they are foreign born, still motivated to learn the language and intelligent.
i take it the person who wrote the questions has a pet peeve about communication issues. i have noticed in my new geographic location that communication is lacking which immediately gave me a low opinion of the area.
also in addition to that any kind of advice about preparing for nursing in general would also help round out the report.
thanks a million! :)