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Hello! My name is Urooj and I am a current high school student. I'm conducting an interview with any professional in the nursing field for a Foundations in Health Science class project about careers! I have created a total of 13 questions. Comment on this post, answering all 13 questions to be a part of my assignment.

1.) What profession did you choose?
Why?

2.) How many years of college did you
need to go through?

3.) What jobs did you work before you
landed your present professional
job?

4.) How can I decide if I should earn a
Ph.D. in this field?

5.) Were you in a college program?

6.) Did you have to pivot and go back to
school at a later date?

7.) Did you shadow another
professional in the field?

8. ) Did you join any school clubs
related to your current profession?

9.) Was there a particular subject you
struggled with during your school
years?

10.) What skill sets did you learn or
gain while pursuing your career?

11.) What are some hard and soft skills you need for this field?

12.) What would you do differently if you could go back in time?

13.) Did you do any internships? If so what did you do and how were you able to get the internship?

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Alaina’s Answer

1) I chose nursing as my career because I’d always wanted to help people. I loved to watch ER trauma shows and never got bothered. It was thrilling to me. I wanted to make a difference. It can be very rewarding.
2) It took me 4 1/2 years to go through my basics and nursing school. I went to college right after high school.
3)Prior to my job now I worked different jobs to support myself but nothing that would distract me from school.
4)You would know if you want to further your education and get your Phd if you found the specialty you love and see yourself helping people. You want to know and master the knowledge you learn.
5)Yes I was in a bachelors program
6)I did not have to go back to school so I still currently have my bachelors degree. If there was another area of nursing I wanted to explore or do then advancing my education might come in handy for me.
7)yes I shadowed many professionals in my nursing program and after when starting my first job. They were very helpful in learning hands on. Definitely benefited.
8)I did join a nursing sorority and also kept myself involved in student council.
9) I struggled with statistics and also pathophysiology which is the study of diseases and how they develop. Super hard courses for me.
10) I learned my basics in med surg, then learned more and different skills in surgery, got some great training on my IV skills and now I am doing Infusion. Lots of skills to learn if you want.
11) Hard skills would be learning how to use the computer for charting, learning and giving medications, critical thinking at all times
Soft skills would be working with a team and independently, communicating with staff, and knowing your why which keeps you going every day
12)I would not change anything. I am happy with my outcome and my nursing career at this time.
13) no internships unfortunately
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is really helpful. Urooj
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Char’s Answer

Hi Urooj,

Great questions! Here are my answers.

1.) What profession did you choose? Why?

I chose nursing because I had a desire to help people. I originally wanted to be a pediatrician, but changed my mind and decided to pursue a nursing career instead.

2.) How many years of college did you need to go through?

It should have only taken 4 years of college, but it took me 7 years mostly because I struggled to pay for school.

3.) What jobs did you work before you landed your present professional job?

Before becoming a registered nurse, I worked as a caregiver in elderly people's homes and a certified nursing assistant in nursing homes.

4.) How can I decide if I should earn a Ph.D. in this field?

Find out what kind of nurse you want to be first. Depending on that, you'll know the degree that's required. Most nurses do not need a Ph.D. Some do if they want to teach nursing at a college.

5.) Were you in a college program?

Yes I was in a bachelors degree nursing program at a college before becoming a nurse.

6.) Did you have to pivot and go back to school at a later date?

Yes, after graduating with a bachelors degree in nursing, I worked as a registered nurse for 4 years before going back to school to get a masters degree in nursing.

7.) Did you shadow another professional in the field?

Yes, I shadowed a pediatric nurse at one of my local hospitals during my last year of nursing school.

8. ) Did you join any school clubs related to your current profession?

No, I did not join any school clubs related to my profession.

9.) Was there a particular subject you struggled with during your school years?

I really struggled with chemistry. I got a C in high school chemistry and also in college chemistry.

10.) What skill sets did you learn or gain while pursuing your career?

I learned time management and communication skills. In college, I took many classes at once so I had to learn how to manage my time better. I also had to learn how to communicate well with patients during nursing school and when I became a nurse.

11.) What are some hard and soft skills you need for this field?

Hard skills: computer/typing skills, handing medical equipment, and preparing medication.

Soft skills: teamwork, attention to detail, and remaining calm under pressure.

12.) What would you do differently if you could go back in time?

I would go to an affordable college so I could finish in 4 years instead of 7. I also would work in a variety of nursing settings. I primarily worked at a hospital for the majority of my nursing career.

13.) Did you do any internships? If so what did you do and how were you able to get the internship?

Yes, I did an internship with a pediatric nurse at a hospital for a about 3 months in my last year of nursing school. I shadowed the nurse and helped to give medicine and do checkups on babies. My nursing program set up the internship for me so I didn't have to do anything to get it.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much! Urooj
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Marie’s Answer

1. I chose a career in nursing specifically neonatal intensive care (NICU) straight out of nursing school. In the old days, you were able to work on a permit , before your license came in.

2. Initially I took a 2 year nursing program at a local community College.

3. I was a stay at home mom before nursing school. During school work on peds oncology unit. After went straight into NICU.

4. PhD degree is used primarily for nursing research and teaching. There is another doctorate nursing program. Doctor of nursing practice (DNP). This degree is used to teach high level nursing programs.

5. The only program I was in is nursing

6. I graduated in 1990 with my ADN. In 2012 I went back to school for my BSN then MSN, so that I could teach.

7. I never shadowed anyone in the NICU. I did shadow a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) to see if I could do the examinations.

8. Since I started school at an older age, I did not join any clubs or groups .

9. Statistics was my Achilles heel. I took 2 lower level classes, before my graduate level Statistics.

10. All the basic nursing skills like venous blood draws, IV placement., nasal gastric tunes, Foleys, and critical thinking skills. Also there are different skills/task you learn depending on specialty unit you were in.

11. Hard skills : computer, typing, electronic medical records(EMR) , and charting software systems(which can vary at different hospitals).
Soft skills: critical thinking skills, teamwork, copying skills, and work/life balance.

12. If I went back in time I would change how work/life affected my life. I would start school sooner. I would also continue on from ADN straight through to MSN, without breaks in between. Also maybe stay at one hospital longer than my 5 year limit.

13. I did not have the opportunity to shadow anyone in nursing school. I feel like it is a wonderful opportunity for nurses these days.

Best of luck. ME
Thank you comment icon Marie, thank you! Urooj
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