WHERE DO YOU WORK, AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
I work at a couple of different facilities and hospitals as a perioperative nurse (pre-op and post-op).
HOW DO YOU START YOUR DAY?
Wake up, wash my face, start the kettle, feed the dogs, get my coffee then head straight to my yoga mat to mediate. It’s still new for me, but I feel great about it.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE A NURSE?
I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was 6 years old, probably because I love helping people. I’m the type who runs towards what most people run from – that’s why trauma / burn ICU is still my favorite job I’ve had to this day. But nursing in general is fantastic for life. You’d be hard-pressed to find any other college degree that allows you to change focus as many times as you’d like. Get sick of ICU? Go to PACU. Need a change again? There’s peds, ER, school nurse, company wellness nurse, nurse coach, L&D. Need a new schedule or new hours you can find times and hours that fit your life too. It’s pretty awesome.
WHAT IS A STEREOTYPE THAT’S TRUE ABOUT PEOPLE IN YOUR PROFESSION?
There are stereotypes within each sub-specialty of nursing. ICU is very detailed, very involved, very clean and type A. For ER, they’re going to get the job done, but it’s not clean or straight forward and you likely won’t have a report from the nurse who originally had the patient … it’s quite funny how that’s the same all over the country where I’ve worked.
DESCRIBE LAST YEAR IN ONE WORD?