Staff Nurse 

(Female, Age 56) from McCook, NE

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Staff Nurse
Salary $45,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 44
Company Size (not answered)
Location McCook, NE
Years Experience 30 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
not for profit 25 bed hospital

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Med-surg nursing, post parteum and post-op nursing care. Also LDR and ER. Some computer working designing charting for nurses

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
3 weeks vacation, Blue Cross Blue shield insurance (hospital pays 70 %), 7% pension provided by hospital without matching it, life insurance 1 1/2 times my salary.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
well compensated

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes, I work with many people. My co-workers are some of my best friends and some of my patients that I take care of are life long friends.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
I have worked at the hosptial long enough that I feel like a mentor to many and have ventured out into different areas of the hospital over the years.

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

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?

What was the application process?
submitted resume and interview

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
IT was 30 years ago, so I just visited with the Director of Nurses, who I had worked with before. She knew my work ethic and hired me on the spot.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
When can you start.What hours can you work.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
No, my orientation was minimal. I was lucky to pick up the routine fairly quickly.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, I had graduated from a licensed school just a couple years before working here. I also worked at a clinic before that.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes,I graduated from a very good school. clinical experience was a lot of it and I was comfortable with what I did.

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?
Yes, it is very rewarding work. It can be very labor intensive and troubling at times, but mostly, it is a very good career choice.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Organize- you have to be able to multi-task and still be very efficient. Caring- If you were to go into nursing only for the money and benefits, you would not last long and hate what you do.Patient. Sick people can be very frustrating to take care of and you need to be able to take your time and do a good job. Put yourself in their place.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes, you need to be up to date with the various drugs, equipment that you use. It changes frequently

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
have a positive attitude, be caring and patient. You have to keep up to date, reading journals and going to inservices and workshops to stay in the game

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes. I intend to work until I retire. Varying what I have learned over the years has made it interesting enough to want to stay here.

What are your current career goals?
Continue to learn more about computers and help with that part of the work and make more relationships at work.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
This is a very good career for those that are organized, patient and caring. Just going into it for the money and always knowing that you will have a job is not a good reason.

Prior work history

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

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Staff Nurse 30 years 45000 Med surg- nursing, as well as LDR, post op, post parteum. I do general patient care. Pass meds, chart, do procedure, etc.
Prior Job 2 staff nurse 2 yrs $25,00 General patient care and helping the Dr.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.8

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.75 McCook Comm. College Pre Med
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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