This week’s guest in The 2RNs Who’s Who in the Hospital series is a nurse with many years of experience in pediatrics. She has spent much of her career as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and now is a charge nurse in the preoperative area. When she’s not being a nurse she is training hard as a masters swimmer.
She is a woman of integrity and has earned respect from her colleagues and friends because of her strong work ethic, quiet demeanor and not talking badly about others. Any of us would be lucky to have her as a nurse.
Let us introduce you to this kind and gentle nurse:
*1) What drew you to your specialty? “I have always enjoyed working with kids. I knew in high school I was going to be a nurse. I volunteered as a candy striper.”
*2) Is there something that you do to connect with your patients? “I introduce myself to my patients and families. I always try to make the child feel special in the moment.”
*3) What is a complaint you have about patients in general? “The hardest part is when kids are not prepared and haven’t been told why they are at the hospital.”
*4) Do you have a patient or case that touched you the most? “I was caring for a school age child with cystic fibrosis. She was in and out of the hospital multiple times. I was her primary nurse and she passed away. This was years ago. I still think of her often.”
*5) What is one thing that you still have on your bucket list? “To travel both nationally and internationally. I want to learn conversational Spanish.”
*6) If you couldn’t be a nurse what would you want to be? “A musician. I don’t even play an instrument.”
Part II: Specific Questions for a nurse
1) Why did you pick the area of nursing you work in? “When I was in nursing school I had an incredible pediatric nursing instructor. She cemented it for me.”
2) How do you prioritize taking care of more than one patient? “This can be so overwhelming. You have to mentally get yourself prepared. I get myself in that space and prioritize based on airway, breathing and circulation.”
3) What is the best and worst part of your job? “The best part of the job is humility mixed with the human condition. The worst part is that I embody a fair amount of the human element.”
4) How many steps do you take a day? “Not sure of steps, I know I walk a couple miles a day.”
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