For this assignment, I had the opportunity to interview Mrs. White, ADRN. Alesha is a lifelong resident of Elizabethton, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband Bill and son Chance. Mrs. White was more than happy to take part in the interview, for she is a recent graduate of the Walters State LPN to RN program. Mrs. White is a full time nurse working for Mountain States Health Alliance. She is very fortunate to have had the opportunity to move to the new community hospital in our area, XYZ Community Hospital. As mentioned above, Mrs. White was a Licensed Practical Nurse for roughly 13 years before deciding to go back to school and become a Registered Nurse. She did her continuing studies in Morristown, Tennessee, at Walters State Community College. Her title is now Mrs. White, ADRN. Walters State does not offer a Bachelors of Science, but they do offer an Associate s Degree. She, like many of the second degree students, got finished in just a year and a half. In asking Mrs. White what type of health care setting she currently works in, she explained her change from QRS Hospital Emergency Department to XYZ Hospital. Mrs. White says she is responsible for an array of things on a daily basis. Some of the current responsibilities Mrs. White has include the following: triage, assessment, transport, developing a plan of care, follow up care, and seeing patients that range from the neonatal age to geriatrics. One of the things Mrs. White did mention that she loves about being a nurse is her schedule. Her schedule normally consists of 3 days per week working from 7am to 7pm. Each day she always arrives early and clocks in prior to her shift. She explained to me that in the emergency department each nurse is on call once per schedule. Their schedule is made out for one month at a time. Mrs. White will also occasionally pick up overtime when other coworkers need time off or when wanting to add extra to her paycheck for the period. Mrs. White is also acting as a preceptor for nursing students that come from King College. To go along with the statement mentioned above, Mrs. White is paid hourly. This is
why there are great incentives that come along with picking up others shifts when she can. Mrs. White has been in the medical field for sixteen years, thirteen of those being a LPN. After her son became a freshman in high school, she felt the time was right to go back to school to further her education. While in school, Mrs. White worked full time for Mountain States Health Alliance. She is now a 16 year veteran with MSHA and the ED. To stay current in the field, she has had some continuing education classes as well as certifications that are required for her position. Mrs. White is certified in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), ENPC (Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course), TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Course), and BLS (Basic Life Support). Alesha says each of these certifications comes into play daily. When asking Mrs. White what advice she would give me as a new nursing student, she replied without hesitation, Take it all in. She explained to me that in the grand scheme of things, while some classes did not seem too important at the time, they really were and would benefit you greatly when taking the NCLEX. She really wanted to reinforce that while not all information we are learning right now will actually be used in the clinical aspect of nursing, it is very important for practical care of individuals. Both nursing school and clinical rotations helped Mrs. White out tremendously in the fact she sees patients from every age, race, socioeconomic status, etc.. daily. Mrs. White has personally cared for my daughter who, at the time, was 7 months old with RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) to my 80 year old grandfather who was rushed to the Emergency Department for what later came to be diagnosed as Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia. She must be able to adjust quickly to the patient at hand to adequately care for them. As I mentioned, I have seen her first hand, and Mrs. White s bed side skills are hard to beat. When asked what involvement do you have with health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention, Mrs. White jokingly answered with, E. All of the above! Mrs. White says that any patient coming into the ED with a disease, she is in charge of their plan of care, their preventive care, their discharge instructions, along with follow up care to the patient. I asked Alesha, towards the end of our
interview, what she saw as the greatest challenge facing nurses today. Mrs. White clearly had been asked this before, because without hesitation, she answered with the following statement: Nurses/Nursing is supposed to be a professional job. In years past, nurses were always very much respected, trusted, and looked up too. Now, as a nurse, I am always disrespected by the majority of patients I see. I have been cursed, spit on, and verbally attacked. Because of the great deal of drug abuse in our area, I have to spend a lot of my time dealing with frequent drug seekers in our ED who take time away from the patients who really need my care. Another thing that is a personal challenge to me is to not get burnt out. Because I do see just about the same thing day in and day out in the ED, I try to remind myself why I am in the profession I am in. Finally, I asked the golden question to any mentor, which was why did you want to be a nurse. For Alesha, she knew no other way. Mrs. White smother, Debbie White, has been a nurse for over 25 years and is currently working for Wings helicopter. Mrs. White s older sister, Shonna, is also a nurse and is currently overseeing the new ED at XYZ Hospital. I appreciated Mrs. White s honest answers and advice throughout our interview. I hope to be able to multi-task my family, school, friends, and faith as eloquently as Alesha did while finishing school to become a registered nurse.