This week marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the tremendous work nurses countrywide are putting in.
In honor of Nurses Week, here at Soliant we are celebrating by sharing with you a small group of nurses who have not only been inspiring their patients, but who have also been inspiring others far and wide through their blogs.
Today our inspiring blogging nurse is Joyce Fiodembo who runs internationalnursesupport.com, a resource that gives nurses support and strategies to help them succeed in their career.
Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse?
I have been a nurse for over 20 years. I loved helping people even as a child, and growing up I knew I would be in the helping profession.
I migrated to America in 2002 from Kenya. I was a registered nurse with over ten years’ experience by that time. It was not the easiest transition, but I succeeded despite the enormous challenges. Transitioning from another country to working as a nurse in America can be an uphill task.
There are exams to be done, paperwork to be processed, boards of nursing to apply to and the whole process can be intimidating.
After succeeding and working as a foreign-nurse here, I was inspired to start this website to help other international and minority nurses thrive and succeed in their career.
What do you find the most satisfying thing about your profession?
Knowing I have made a difference in someone’s life. Knowing I have added to their health and wellbeing.
Knowing I am adding value to humanity, and adding positivity to the world.
And the most frustrating?
Being overworked and seeing nurses stretched too thin. This takes away from the individual patient care. If institutions were better staffed, nurses would spend more time with patients and give more care, instead of running around multitasking here and there.
Is there anything that stands out as the most memorable moment in your career?
Passing the NCLEX was memorable. This is because I had been a nurse in Kenya prior to coming to America, and worked as a nurse assistant for several months before I could take the exam, while waiting for the board of nursing to process my paperwork.
What inspires you to continue blogging?
Many nurses from all over the world send me emails telling me they read my blog, and tell me they get inspiration and comfort as well as answers to issues they face at work. International nurses planning to migrate or already in America tell me my blog answers a lot of their questions.
Is there one piece of advice you would give to nurses at the start of their nursing career?
Please do not enter the nursing profession if you are not passionate about helping people.
You may join nursing because you want job security, but if it is not your passion, you will complain, be depressed and unhappy and have very little tolerance for any challenge you face.
If it is your passion, you will love nursing and learn to handle any challenge that comes your way.