- Work History
GoalsMy goal as a healthcare provider is to provide the highest quality care possible to the most people I can. I want to bring back the patient-provider relationship in a way that supersedes taking histories and talking about their chief complaint. Patients should be able to go to their healthcare provider and expect true, honest, and unbiased answers in a compassionate manner. In my personal life, I want to become a nurse practitioner helping underserved populations receive health care in my spare time. The most rewarding part of healthcare for me is seeing people live to their full potential, regardless of their own means. I always pride myself on learning more all the time, which is why I intend on also attaining a PhD after many years of practice to help understand the dynamics of the healthcare team and how our healthcare system can better serve its patrons (our friends and families).
TalentsMy most important talent in my opinion is my ability to adapt and learn new things on the fly. This trait has evolved over my time in school and has helped me immensely thus far. I believe that this trait, along with my positive attitude and demeanor help make things around me more enjoyable for everyone.
StressStress is one of those things that can either ruin a person or cause them to do more than they ever imagined possible. When I first started college, I was completely overwhelmed and stressed out with all the new responsibilities of just being on my own. As I matured, I learned that this stress meant I was pushing myself to my limit, and making my limit just a little farther every time this happened. I now know that my limit is whatever I want it to be, and that stress just means that I need to devote myself to my goals in order to become a better person and a more effective learner and worker.
Self-DirectedReading is a mainstay of education, although it seems to be falling through the cracks as social media seems to be taking over our everyday lives. If I find a topic of interest, or know there is something I need to become more educated about, I try to read as much about it as possible. My curiosity helps this drive along, and before too long, I have delved farther and farther into the original material and am eons past the minimal knowledge I originally needed to learn.
Graduated with Highest Distinction (students with GPAs above 3.885)
Completed Accelerated Nursing program in which the program time is condensed down to one year.
During my time on the Short Stay Unit, I was responsible for handling up to six patients at a time. My work involved completing full patient assessments for a completely unique set of patients. Most of these patients were post or pre-surgical but some were admitted into our Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) due to chest pain, syncope, possible TIAs, among several other reasons. The CDU involved helping patients with possible myocardial infarctions or other problems by monitoring telemetry rhythms, assessing breathing patters, oxygen saturation, and chest pain. The assessments were based on their possible diagnosis and any changes in condition were immediately passed on to the physician. I was responsible to prep patients by ensuring that troponin draws were done on time and that they were ready to undergo the stress test that was most suitable for them as sometimes the initial stress test was not appropriate for some patients and was needed to be clarified with the admitting physician.
The four most crucial and important parts of my job in my opinion are as follows: controlling patient's pain; preventing nosocomial infections and things such as bed sores and pneumonia; performing a thorough and complete assessment of the patient both physically and mentally; and educating the patient and the patient's family and friends about their procedure, medications, and discharge information. Pain control in my eyes is extremely important as pain is the fifth vital sign for many nurses including myself. As a former athlete that had to undergo several surgeries due to sports injuries, I can empathize completely with patients that had all sorts of pain. I took it upon myself to make sure that the patients' pain was manageable with both pharmacological and non-pharmacological methodologies as appropriate for their pain and condition.