This week’s guest in The 2RNs Who’s Who in the Hospital series is a well versed pediatric nurse. She has worked in many departments throughout the children’s hospital where she has worked her whole career. No matter what department she works in, she always joins, and often runs, committees to advance, encourage, and empower nurses.
Excellence is what she always strives for not only for herself but for her patients and colleagues. Her vivacious and upbeat personality leaves you feeling uplifted. Find out what she has to say about nursing and much, much more.
*1) What drew you to your specialty? “Nursing is a calling. A fun fact. I wore a nursing outfit in kindergarten. I have always gravitated towards nurses.”
*2) Is there something that you do to connect with your patients? “I try to be open and accepting with the child and their families. I try not to minimize the situation.”
*3) What is a complaint you have about patients in general? “The hardest thing is when the family dynamics are off and it affects the child. This makes it difficult to treat the child the way you want to.”
*4) Do you have a patient or case that touched you the most? “I had a patient who had a spinal chord injury. She had mild use of her upper extremities. The biggest challenge for me was she was hard to please. I finally got her to laugh one day. I can still hear her say to me, ‘You’re so crazy!’ I wonder where she is today?”
*5) What is one thing that you still have on your bucket list? “To take a grand tour of the U.S. by car.”
*6) If you couldn’t be a nurse what would you want to be? “An actress.”
Part II: Specific Questions for a nurse
1) Why did you pick the area of nursing you work in? “When I was in college at UC I felt I wanted to do pediatrics. I started at Children’s Hospital Oakland and have never left.”
2) How do you prioritize taking care of more than one patient? “I make sure basic criteria are met, i.e. survival – airway.”
3) What is the best and worst part of your job? “Humanity is the word that comes to mind. I am a service to others. The worst part of the job is bad things happen to good people.”
4) How many steps do you take a day? “6000.”
-A Pediatric Nurse With Many Certifications.
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