This week marks National Nurses Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the tremendous work nurses countrywide are putting in.
In honor of Nurses Week, we are celebrating by sharing thoughts from 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 Beth; an acute care Staff Development Educator, Professional Writer, HealthStream Subject Matter Expert, Career Advice Columnist, and Blogger at nursecode.com.
Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse?
I’ve been a nurse for over twenty five years. I chose nursing because I’m a helper and a teacher. My energy comes from connecting with others and helping them.
When I started my nursing career, I thought that I was choosing nursing but now I believe that nursing chose me.
What do you find the most satisfying thing about your profession?
Simple things. Being able to identify early signs of a worsening condition and intervene. Pulling a patient up in bed and tucking pillows in securely around them. Helping a new grad learn to compose a resume.
And the most frustrating?
The disconnect between what nurses actually do and what the public perceives.
Is there anything that stands out as the most memorable moment in your career?
My career has been a continuing series of memorable moments. One of them was when a very ill inpatient got married on our MedSurg unit. It was beautiful. I wrote about it on my blog, nursecode.com. Another is when I sat down and helped a nurse study to pass her Basic Arrhythmia Test. She was about to be taken off the schedule without pay for not meeting this required competency. She was so grateful that she hugged me and teared up.
What inspired you to start blogging?
I combined my passion for helping new nurses with my passion for writing. I love new nurses and their fresh energy and high ideals. Much of what I blog about is how to land a nursing job- how to interview, write a resume letter, and so on.
Is there one piece of advice you would give to nurses at the start of their nursing career?
First, congratulations! You worked hard to get here.
Be prepared for an amazing journey. Be sensitive to both doors that open for you and those that close. Ask for help when you need it and give back to others when you can.