Careers: Nursing/Nursing

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Hello, I will be a junior in the fall and I have been thinking a lot recently about what I want to be. I have pretty much always known I wanted to do something in the medical field, and lately I have decided that I would like to be a nurse. I enjoy being busy, and am good with people. Giving shots and seeing blood doesn't bother me, Im just worried if I can handle other things I see such as open wounds etc. Does a nurse see that a lot? Is it something I can get over? I really hope this doesn't hold me back from being a nurse, but Im not sure. Thanks ahead of time for you're help.

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Nicole:

There are so many specialties in Nursing that you can move around until you find your niche. Many nurses work in areas with minimal blood ang guts.. so to speak.  What I  am more worried about is the future of the 2 year RN. The economy is so bad that jobs are hard to come by .... even in Nursing. My hospital in NJ is not even hiring 2 year RN's anymore. If you decide to go into nursing, I would increase your chances by going go a 4 year RN program. Hospitals pay 2 and 4 year nurses the same out of school so most are opting to take the more educated nurse right off the bat. Hospitals are doing more with less nurses due to many patients who cant pay due to not having a job and/or no insurance. However, they are not turned down for medical care as long as they come through the Emergency Room. I dont see the nursing shortage that the educators are forecasting.
Good Luck!

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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

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American Ambulance Association-2009 Star of Life Recipient

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