So You Want To Be a Nurse When You Grow Up?

Written by Pat Wooten, RN, BSN

You're interested in becoming a nurse. How do you get intorepparttar field? First of all, you need to assess your basic interest. Why do you want to get into nursing? Are you getting ready to graduate from high school and always wanted to be a nurse? Do you want to go into nursing, because a relative is inrepparttar 109380 profession or your family has a tradition of graduating nurses, and it seems likerepparttar 109381 right thing to do? Nursing seems like a nice secure profession-the pay attracts you? You've always liked helping others and you care a lot?

Have you worked in another career field and want a change for various reasons? Doesrepparttar 109382 "nursing shortage" make you feel like you need to be a part ofrepparttar 109383 "gold rush," because you have read and heard about all ofrepparttar 109384 wonderful sign on bonuses? Thorough research still needs to be done, beforerepparttar 109385 decision is made to embark upon a nursing career.

There are many resources which provide information on getting into nursing school, studying for and passing boards, getting into new graduate employment programs, summer exploratory programs, etc. But for traditional nursing work (bedside nursing) in a hospital or long term care facility (traditionally known as a nursing home), it really would do some good if you had a reality TV type experience. Reading books and articles exclusively, won't prepare you for whatrepparttar 109386 profession is like.

During my first nursing clinical rotation, I knew instantly that I didn't like hospital nursing. However, I loved research, collecting data, writing papers, and so forth. Since I had a science background and had worked in various laboratory settings (e.g., a dairy plant testing milk to biotechnology company testing, human sera, a county environmental health lab testing water sample on a mass spectrophotometer, a food plant testing spaghetti sauce), going into nursing research seemed like a natural progression. The rude awakening: No one ever told me aboutrepparttar 109387 5-6 years of med-surg hospital experience needed, before an employer would even look at me. It was not anyone else's responsibility to tell me this. Clearly,repparttar 109388 lesson is to do all of your homework.

After graduating from nursing school, I combedrepparttar 109389 Internet, help wanted ads, journals, and even enlisted a network of friends to be onrepparttar 109390 lookout for any nurse research employment opportunities. Positions in nursing research were scarce. My diverse science background, along with my Bachelor of Science degree fromrepparttar 109391 University of Rochester, weren't a powerful enough combination to hurry me intorepparttar 109392 interviewing seat. Hence, I never landed an interviewing spot for any nursing research positions.

There are simple, invaluable, economically efficient ways to thoroughly research nursing as a profession. Of course, nothing can substitute forrepparttar 109393 actual onrepparttar 109394 job experience. But you are not there yet, and you want to investigate to see if you want to get there. Here a few suggestions to include on your career research things to do list: (1) utilizerepparttar 109395 Internet torepparttar 109396 fullest, (2) userepparttar 109397 services of your ISP (Internet Service Provider) such as AOL, MSN, etc., (2) make contact with potential employers in your area, (3) try volunteering, (4) and find student mentors at your local college and university. Start with an open mind before you use any of these resources.

Many prospective students have their specialty title etched in stone. "I want to go into pediatric nursing, because I love children." "I want to work in trauma." Moreover, they don't want to discuss or research anything else. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a vision of which practice area you'd like to specialize in, but it is a good idea to keeprepparttar 109398 door open for other possibilities. The turn over can be high and many nurses change specialty areas for various reasons, from burnout, boredom, needing a change of pace, advancement reasons, to unforeseen circumstances. The good thing about changing specialty areas is your skills are transferable.

Utilizingrepparttar 109399 Internet yields a wealth of information. There are many contacts to be made onrepparttar 109400 Internet. Let's hypothesize, for reference purposes, CRNA (Certified Nurse Anesthetist) will be used as an example specialty area, and hypothetically, you are interested in becoming a CRNA. Keep in mind you have already researched nursing schools, salary ranges, employment outlook, and in addition to becoming a registered nurse you're aware ofrepparttar 109401 advanced degree requirement. This part of your research has already been done.

There are many organizations where you can make email contact, or get other contact information from nurse professionals who are retired CRNAs, or those who currently work inrepparttar 109402 field. Go to to do a search. Try Google's advanced search feature and type in keywords "email" and "CRNA" without quotes, onrepparttar 109403 first line.

Your first 100 search results will include some email addresses for people who are actually CRNAs. You will find some with university addresses, who may be professors or alumni, company addresses of CRNAs who are employees, and personal email addresses. Select a CRNA's email address from these four different areas: (1) university employed, (2) hospital employed, (3) military employed, (4) and other areas, such as a physician practice group. To narrow your search you may type in "email" & "CRNA" or "military" or "physician practice group" or "retired."

Click onrepparttar 109404 web page links to view email addresses listed. Send each nurse professional a simple introductory email, about your interest inrepparttar 109405 profession and ask them three open ended questions: (1)"What are some ofrepparttar 109406 things I should consider before deciding to go to nursing school to become a CRNA?" (2)"What is your outlook onrepparttar 109407 future of CRNAs?" (3) "What arerepparttar 109408 positive and negative aspects of working as a CRNA?" Nurses are a kind body of professionals and most won't mind that you tookrepparttar 109409 time to contact them. It is always a good idea to get feedback from someone who is currently inrepparttar 109410 field (new graduate and seasoned professional), as well as retirees. Your email should be composed of a very brief note. Don't forget to thank them for their responses.

But How Can I USE Emotional Intelligence?

Written by Susan Dunn, MA, Emotional Intelligence Coach

I’m sure you’re hearingrepparttar term Emotional Intelligence. It’s being talked about a lot these days. For most people there’s an immediate “click”. We recognize it asrepparttar 109379 missing piece!

It’s like that cartoon ofrepparttar 109380 girl saying, “Oh, I knew I forgot something. My career!” Well, in this case, we become aware that someone, somewhere alongrepparttar 109381 line forgot to tell us how to be smart about our emotions. At least in words we could understand!

But then again are you or are you not “smart” about your emotions? You see we don’t even know how to assess how we are with our emotions. It simply hasn’t been talked about it ways that makes sense and would allow us to userepparttar 109382 information we receive.

If someone says, “You’re too reactive,” what does that mean? In relation to what or to whom? And aren’t they usually talking more about themselves? Usually they mean “You’re more reactive than I am” or “You’re more reactive than I’d like you to be.” They may berepparttar 109383 kind of person who could have a firecracker go off next to them and not “react,” but what does that mean in relation to their ability to function and relate? Not much!

And thenrepparttar 109384 next day you’ll have a pounding headache, or have been up all night withrepparttar 109385 baby, and fail to respond immediately to a comment someone makes and they’ll say, “Why don’t you respond? You just sit there.”

One standard would certainly be how well things are going for you at work and at home, because our EQ is more important to our happiness, success and health than our IQ.


The people I’ve worked with in Emotional Intelligence take to it immediately. There are immediate applications to their life they try, andrepparttar 109386 results are positive, so there’s an excellent and immediate feedback loop that keeps you motivated and improving.

One ofrepparttar 109387 best things about it is that you learnrepparttar 109388 tools, and thenrepparttar 109389 applications are all around you. No matter what situation you’re in, or what circumstance, increasing your Emotional Intelligence skills will help. You’ll become more aware of what’s going on around you –repparttar 109390 things you couldn’t quit “grasp” before. You’ll also become far more knowledgeable about what’s going on with other people, and isn’t that alwaysrepparttar 109391 most difficult thing to figure out?


Here’s is an example. One ofrepparttar 109392 Emotional Intelligence competencies is emotional expression. It’s important to understand that 90% or more of any person’s emotional expression takes place nonverbally. That means – ta da – you need to increase your skills in being able to notice and INTERPRET nonverbal behavior. This meansrepparttar 109393 expression onrepparttar 109394 person’s face, how they sit, how they walk, their tone of voice, their silences, and other important “cues” as to how they’re feeling.

Why is this important? They may be telling you how they think, but how they feel is what’s going to influence what action they take, whether they buyrepparttar 109395 product, whether they hire you, or whether they marry you.


If you are charged with motivating others, you must be able to communicate well, and you must be able to read their nonverbal communication. Motivation is a feelings thing, not a thinking thing. If you can connect with what’s important torepparttar 109396 person you’re dealing with, or connect everyone to an idea or mission they can feel strongly about, you will have your motivation.

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