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When we as college students are looking for a career to join it is important to grow and make contacts in that field rather than just going to school and not building a network. One way to help build and grow a resourceful network is to communicate with those who either are currently working in your planned field or have had previous experience in that field. In doing this not only is one able to gain a lot of insight, but they are also able to get a better idea as to whether this is something they want to pursue as a career. By talking to or interviewing someone you can find out the ups and downs and all the aspects that go into working in the designated career field. For the career I am currently trying to pursue, Nursing, I felt that it was best to talk with someone with a lot of prior experience as a Nurse. The person I chose to interview was Dr. Sheryll Scott who is currently head of the Nursing program at Wisconsin Lutheran College but has acquired a huge amount of good and varying experiences.
During my interview with Dr. Scott we talked about a lot of the big questions when choosing a career as well as questions that are specifically directed to Nursing. When she looked back on her decision to join the medical field it was quite an easy response. She recalled advice from her mother. She loved to work with people and the sciences but could not pinpoint what career she would like to pursue. Her mother was in a position that was very similar to a nursing assistant and she would often talk to her about what to do. She told her that if she liked to work with people and enjoyed the sciences that maybe a career in Nursing could be something that she pursued. As well as talked about what encouraged her to join the field we also discussed some of the things she knows now that she wishes she would have known when she first started. One of the things she said was big for this career was a good surrounding and coworkers. Building a bond with other coworkers in any career is very important however she said for Nursing it is even more important. She talked about how her very first job as a Nurse she didn’t have a strong community bond with her coworkers and that they didn’t have a strong manager figure to help build these bonds between them. Not having support was something she wish she would have known but she also wishes she would have went to school earlier to advance her degree. Right after Nursing school she started working and kind of pushed of pursuing an advanced degree. She waited approximately 10 years to return to school and get an advanced degree. My mother also agreed with her. My mom is currently a Registered Nurse and wishes she would have went to more school before she had kids and started working full time as a Nurse.
After looking at her personal choices and decisions with her career we talked more about the actual events in the hospital while being a Nurse. When she was a Nurse she worked on the surgical floor for the recovery after surgery for patients. We talked about how stressful this could be. At the beginning of the day she would receive her number of patients and make a tentative plan for the coming day. She would prioritize the patient based on their needs and plan from there. However, with people moving in and out of surgery it can be a lot to keep up on and very stressful. It was very fast paced and required physical abilities for picking up and moving patients. Just like the schedule in the hospital could be messed up so can the schedule of outside life as well. Based on your shifts it can mess up things like your sleeping schedule. For example, if you work night shifts some days you must sleep the whole day while on your off days you can go to bed at night like someone normally would. We also talked about how with the growing equipment and technology most people are living longer but they are also living while being very ill. This creates a lot more patients as well as an increased need for Nurses. One of the crisis’ currently in the Nursing field is the lack of Nursing instructors to teach the future Nurses which can cause shortages in a position that’s needs are ever growing. The lasting advice she gave me and any other students or new grads entering the Nursing field was quite simple. She advised all of us to stay dedicated to our studies. The curriculum is very challenging and can cause problems but if you stay dedicated you can achieve great things. She also advised to continue to seek out good mentors that can help guide and support you on your brand-new journey.
Talking to the Dr. made me open my eyes even more to what being a Nurse is. It made me realize how much I do want to help the people of America and how much work I must put in to achieve this goal. Although the physical and mental aspects can take a very big toll on the Nurses themselves I feel as if God has gifted me with the ability to persevere through all the trials and tribulations this career may bring forth. As a growing individual I, will greatly accept the challenging curriculum and accept the challenging career because I feel as if it is my vocation to do so. I learned a lot from the experience of interviewing Dr. Scott and I am glad it has opened my eyes to what I must do and what I will be doing as a career.
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