Registered Nurse (Female, Age 49) in Cottage Grove, NY

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleRegistered Nurse
Salary$87,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week40
Company Size(not answered)
LocationCottage Grove, NY
Years Experience11 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

Table of Contents

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for a multiple hospital Healthcare organization in a major City of MN. This organization has >2000 employees

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
provide direct care, give medications & manage their care while they are hospitalized for various illnesses.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
401k, Pension plan, 140 weeks of vacation

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
under compensated for the amount of care & management of an ill patient in the hospital & skills needed to manage technology, equipment & physical care a person needs.

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 with a variety of people every day..Dependent on the type of interaction & negative attitudes

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.
I work in an acute care hospital setting. The ergonomics of where I document & use the computer & height of rolling chairs are poor.

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: 3
Hours: 2
Co-Workers: 5
Supervisors: 6
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 4
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amget to staffing office to find out the unit I am working at, report to that unit, get my assignment, info about my patients & start prioritizing my day.
8am to 9amAssess my patients, start giving meds, give nursing aides I am working with report.
9am to 10amMorning break, finish meds & assessments. Start looking @ charts for lab follow up, new orders, start calling Doctors as needed.
10am to 11amstart morning documentation, interact with pts at least hourly & update physicians as needed
11am to 12pmstart meds for lunch, help pt’s eat, get right food,
12pm to 1pmlunch break, gather information for afternoon documentation
1pm to 2pmFinish meds for day, gather intake & output information, follow up & resolve patient related issues & start gathering information for shift report.
2pm to 3pmcontinue to gather shift report information, clear IV pumps & document Give report to oncoming shift Nurse.
3pm to 4pmfinish day, shift ends @ 3:30pm
4pm to 5pmI am home, review mail & start supper
5pm to 6pmhomework with son, read emails
6pm to 7pmstart son’s bedtime routine
7pm to 8pmstart getting lunch & uniform ready for next day, get son’s backpack ready for am
8pm to 9pmI wind down to get ready for bed
9pm to 10pmI get to bed
10pm to 11pmsleeping hopefully
11pm to 12amsleeping

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
My younger sister worked at the hospital I now work at & encouraged me to apply.

What was the application process?
filled out a paper application, submitted in person to Human Resources & waited for a call from HR/Manager for an interview

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
yes. I met with my current Manager initially for a different position than i currently have now.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
I don’t remember. Probably my skill level & experiences as an RN

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes. I just needed to know how each unit ran & specifics for the day/night shifts I would have been working & the equipment I would be working with.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
I oriented with another RN to all the units I would be floating to between the 3 hospitals within the organization I work for.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes. I am a 2 yr RN with then 12 yrs experience as an RN with previous hospital and supervisory experience.

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

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
First you need a Nursing degree, either Associates in Nursing or Bachelors Degree in Nursing. Then you apply on the system web site.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Good positive people interaction skills, willingness to learn & be respectful. Have good common sense & be able to trouble shoot difficult situations based on knowlege. Using resources available is a good skill to know.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Minimum Associates Degree in Nursing.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Be willing to accept that you do not know everything. If you think you do know everything, you’d probably kill a patient.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
yes. I am happy doing what I am doing right now.

What are your current career goals?
Eventually I’d like to teach to Nursing STudents.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
long hallways & standing too long to chart is exhausting.

Prior work history

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

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Registered Nurse11 yrs85000STaff RN
Prior Job 2Assistant Director of Nursing8 yrs45000Staff R, Care plan coordinator, Assessment Documentation Coordinator & anything directed by the Director of Nursing

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.6Inver Hills Community collegeAssociate Science Degree in Nursing
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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