The University of Texas at Arlington
I care for the sick.
My work combines:
My work combines:
Learning / Being Challenged
Day to Day
My typical day kicks off with a team huddle. A meeting where we get our patient assignments and also discuss other pertinent issues. Next we meet with outgoing nurses to get shift report. Essential information required for patient care is exchanged during this time. At the conclusion of which I take responsibility and must do everything I can to provide stellar nursing care including getting information from the medical record or contacting other members of the healthcare team.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
Critical care nursing requires attention to details and an ability to independently take initiative when caring for the critically ill. Accurate documentation of patient symptoms, medical treatment procedures, and changes in condition. The ability to perform nursing duties in accordance with the State Nurse Practice Act while adhering to facility policies and procedures. Effectively communicate with patient/family, and other healthcare professionals. Must have a passion for what you do.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for high school students
Volunteer or intern at a hospital to gain exposure and guide your decision to choosing a preferred specialty. Don't worry you can change your specialty down the road. Get a head start and save by enrolling in your local community college and take prerequisite classes. Try not to "C" your way through these classes. Exceptional grades and a good understanding of the educational content is important. You will be saving lives.
My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:
The Noise I Shed
"You are not good enough to do that."