Staff Nurse, ICU (Female, Age 30) in Louisville, MS

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleStaff Nurse, ICU
Salary$55,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week
Company Size(not answered)
LocationLouisville, MS
Years Experience1.5 years

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I am currently employed as a staff nurse, working the night shift in an approximately 90 bed community hospital in rural Mississippi. I care for a variety of medical, surgical, obstetric and pediatric patients in our 6-bed intensive care unit.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I care for critically ill adult medical/surgical, obstetric and pediatric patients in a small community hospital intensive care unit. I provide direct patient care as well as performing basic clerical duties such as order entry. I am required to maintain licensure and hold specialty certifications.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
403B, health/dental/vision insurance, reduced price health club memberships, 60 hours sick leave/year, 100 hours vacation/year

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I feel I am well compensated at this time, but cost of living is always increasing and raises are not guaranteed.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I work closely with professional on many different levels – physicians, other nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists and unlicensed assistants. It is important to be able to work well with others and as a member of a team to be employed in healthcare. I also work very closely with patients and their families, providing direct bedside care as well as patient education and emotional support. At times, these aspects of the job can be very stressful and trying.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
In order to provide the most cohesive and best possible care for all our patients, I and the other healthcare providers must work seamlessly and cooperatively as a team.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 7
Benefits: 2
Hours: 3
Co-Workers: 5
Supervisors: 6
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 4
The Actual Work: 1

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
I did clinicals at the hospital as a student, but I received my current position by word-of-mouth.

What was the application process?
I provided both a paper copy of my resume and was required to fill out a general application and reference form. Additionally, fingerprints, background checks and a drug test/physical were required.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
I interviewed three times, once each with the Director of Nursing, Human Resources Director and my departmental director before being offered a job.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
I was asked a variety of questions, mainly such things as “Why do you want to work here?” and “What makes you qualified for this position?”

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
I was offered both departmental and hospital orientation.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
I graduated from an accredited Bacclaureate of Science Nursing program and then took national board exams to become a registered nurse in the state of Mississippi.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
I felt that my college education prepared me well for the workforce. However, as a healthcare professional, there are always many new things to learn with ever changing research and technology affecting our daily practice.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
I would certainly recommend someone interested in pursuing a degree or career in nursing to spend some time either working in a healthcare facility or shadowing a licensed professional. Nursing can be a very stressful occupation and one should be prepared for both the positives and negatives of this career well before investing a significant amount of time and money into it.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Reliability, honesty and integrity are crucial skills in being a healthcare professional. Good technical and organizational skills are also important, but many things can be learned and improved upon with practice. A solid education will provide many skills but is only the beginning for a nurse. Someone who desires to become a nurse must wish to work closely with the public and other healthcare providers as a team. They must also commit to lifelong education, keeping up with current practice standards and certification requirements.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
In order to practice as a licensed nurse, one must graduate from an approved and accredited program of training and pass national and state licensure examinations.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Do not be afraid to ask questions or admit that you don’t know something. Seek out the older and more experienced nurses and let them serve as mentors to you. Never quit learning! Immerse yourself in as many educational opportunities as your employer will allow!

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Student Nurse extern3 months3000Temporary position assisting a registered nurse in the intensive care unit in all patient care duties such as ventilator management, hemodynamics and titarting vasoactive drips as well as general patient assessment and care
Prior Job 2Engineering clerk7 years30000Assisted engineers in maintaining and cataloging an intricate parts list for every equipment designed and manufactured in a large facility, routine clerical tasks

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.6Mississippi University for WomenBSN – Nursing
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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