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Why I Quit Medical Device Sales To Become A Nurse

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Sarah Jividen has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency Room & Neuro Trauma.

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Why did you become a nurse?

I began my first post-college career as a traveling medical device sales representative selling medical equipment to hospital operating rooms.  Then after a decade in the field, I went back to college and earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Here is why I left my successful career as a corporate business person to pursue a career as an RN - and the valuable lessons I learned along the way. You are reading page 2 of Why I Quit Medical Device Sales To Become A Nurse. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Sarah Jividen has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency Room & Neuro Trauma.

1 Follower; 3 Articles; 9 Posts; 748 Profile Views

2 hours ago, Nurse Beth said:

I love your story, thanks for sharing! And now you're a writer as well!

Thank you, Nurse Beth!  I appreciate that you took the time to read it!

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Sarah Jividen has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency Room & Neuro Trauma.

1 Follower; 3 Articles; 9 Posts; 748 Profile Views

47 minutes ago, myoglobin said:

I would be curious as to how the experience of being a nurse has differed from your expectations (if it has)? 

Becoming a nurse was nothing like what I expected.  As a business person working in the medical device field I thought I knew so much more then I actually did about what it is really like to be a nurse.  I learned that you don't know what it is really like to be a nurse unless you are an ACTUAL nurse.  This is one reason why I believe there is such a large disconnect between the business side and the clinical side of nursing.  I think there are too many non-clinically educated business profession making decisions that directly effect patient care.  Another great reason to have more nurses in business!

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myoglobin has 12 years experience as a ASN, BSN, MSN and specializes in ICU, trauma, neuro.

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How would you achieve this? More RN's becoming NP's and establishing their own practices, HMO's ect? Or perhaps requiring or encouraging nurse managers to have a certain amount of bedside experience?  Encouraging the non profit (hospital model) over for profit?

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