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Hi Ken, I just completed my associate degree in pre-nursing and looking forward for the nursing program in WA state. When I was a young child, I had a dream to be a doctor, but financial had turned my way to became an accountant. Now, I have two sons and married a great man who is serving the military.I decided to pursue my dream and dedicate my time to help people in need and become a nurse. clearly as a nurse we help people in hospital, nursing home, other health care facilities, now my question is what is an RN ? what does an RN do that make it different ?
thank you.

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Sirfiati:

The Registered Nurse is the center of their patients universe. You are a micro and macro manager of all aspects of your patients care. They manage and coordinate their patients care from admission to discharge. As a primary care nurse nothing happens to your patient without your knowledge and control. You are also your patients advocate and will go head to head with other ancillary healthcare departments and the doctor to be sure your patient gets the best care they deserve.

On a personal level you will care for your patients physical, emotional and nursing/medical  needs throughout their stay. That means from personal hygiene and bathing to psychosocial support and the administering of medications and procedures.

A registered nurse can change the future of every patient they touch.

Good Luck!

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Expertise

I can answer questions regarding all aspects of Nursing as a career in general. If you need help deciding if nursing is a career for you, then let me help you with your decision. As an added bonus, I can answer your questions from the perspective of being a man in nursing who has a wife that is also a nurse. Men is nursing is more accepted today than it was when I began in 1993. Regardless of your gender, Nursing has so much to offer and is among the most respected professions of our time. I have been a registered nurse since 1993 and have been certified in Critical Care nursing since 1996. I am currently a full-time Critical Care Ground Transport Nurse/Mobile Intensive Care Nurse(MICN). I am working per diem as a night Shift Administrator/Nursing Supervisor.

Experience

My experience over the years since 1993 have been spent between the Emergency Room and the Critical Care Units. More recently since 2007 I have been working in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a Critical Care Transport Nurse/Mobile Intensive Care Nurse(MICN)/Emergency Medical Technician(EMT). This unit is known as the Specialty Care Transport Unit(SCTU). I transport all age populations with critical medical problems from Hospital A to Hospital B in the back of an ambulance. My job is to make sure this patient remains in the same or better condition and to handle any emergency that may arise during the over the road transport. BLS/ACLS/PALS/NRP/ITLS Certified Provider.

Organizations
American Association of Critical Care Nurses Honor Society of Nursing, Upsilon Rho Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International

Education/Credentials
BSN,Nursing/Pursuing MSN in Nursing Administration Critical Care Registered Nurse(CCRN)/ Mobile Intensive Care Nurse (MICN)/ Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/ AAS Business Management

Awards and Honors
American Ambulance Association-2009 Star of Life Recipient

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