Registered Nurse Interview

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For my senior project I job shadowed a registered nurse on the Acute Rehab floor at Mercy General Hospital. My goals for senior project were to learn the basic skills a nurse needs to help a patient and to learn how to interact with different types of personalities. My mentor for my project was Michelle Whitten, she has been a nurse for two and a half years. Michelle has a B.S in nursing and a B.A in human development. She is certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR, Basic Life Support BLS, Advanced cardiac life support ACLS, Pediatric Advanced Life Support PALS, Cardiac Monitoring, MPR, and Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse CRRN. Brieanna: What kind of training or education would I need to continue in this field? Can you describe the classes/training that I might expect? Where did you receive…show more content…
Brieanna: What does a typical day at work look like for you? Michelle: First thing in the morning I have assessments, than I pass out morning meds. I have hourly rounds, chartting all day, med passes all day, usually a discharge and an admission, make sure the patients go to the bathroom regularly and I treat symptoms as they arrive. Brieanna: What are the best and worst parts of your job? Michelle: The worst parts of my job are the aggressive patients, when the patients treat the hospital like it is a hotel, and the patients who do it to themselves and aren 't willing to change. It is hard to be compassionate to those patients. The best part is when you see a patient go from not being able to walk, talk and eat to being able to do all of that and more. Brieanna: What advice would you give to a new nurse? Michelle: Start on a med surg floor so that you get every experience possible before you switch to something specific. Don 't work to much overtime because you might get burned out. Be open minded to every unit during nursing school, give every discipline a chance. Brieanna: How competitive is your job? How can I set myself apart from the

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