Bold Voices - August 2017 - 13

NURSE VOICES

What is the most meaningful
moment you've had as a
nurse?
My most meaningful moment
was when I took care of a patient
who had cystic fibrosis. She was
15, very smart, actually ended
up testing out of high school
and then was admitted to our
pediatric ICU at the time. She
did end up passing away, but
the relationship I built with her
because she was in the unit for
so long, I almost felt as though
she was my little sister. We
would talk about colleges, she
would show me her friends on
Facebook, and I ended up going
to her funeral. Preparing her
body prior to leaving the unit was
so fulfilling. I think that really let
me know being a PICU nurse was
worthwhile.
There can be a high turnover
of younger or newer nurses.
What keeps you in nursing,
and what do you say to new
nurses who might be struggling to find their way?
I had to figure out what it is
about being a nurse that gives
me that drive to come back every
day, because I've had terrible days at the
bedside. And I think a lot of times when
people say terrible - since I'm an ICU
nurse - they always assume it's when
a patient dies, and that's not always it.
Because death might be the outcome
that patient wants. Sometimes it's interference with a co-worker, a colleague of
another discipline and how to figure out,
you know, "Things didn't go so great, but
I've got to get up the next day and just
keep going because this is a profession
that I love."

when you don't feel so great. And stepping away is not always
the answer, because you can run away from a lot of things
in life, but that doesn't always mean that you are going to
have better outcomes. So stick it out, and find a mentor or
someone who can really guide you through those hard times.
Because I think having mentors
helped me overcome those
boundaries when I felt like this
may not be something that I
want to stay around for.

"I feel blessed because
every experience I have
wanted as a nurse I have
been able to fulfill. I know
that is not always the case,
but if you're passionate
about a particular area in
nursing you want to work
in, don't give up on that."

I would also encourage them to stay educated, challenge
yourself, find a group of nurses that really can fill you up

A healthy work environment and a healthy
life outside of work are
important. What do you do
to balance the two?
Sometimes it is difficult to
be completely 50/50 when it
comes to work-life balance,
but what matters is knowing
how to say no to projects when
you really cannot give your
all, or randomly scheduling
a day off just to give yourself
some mental rest. Nursing is
not an easy profession, but it
is rewarding. That being said,
it is impossible to perform
at the top of your potential
without the right amount of
rest or relaxation you really
need. My relationships with
God, family and friends are my
biggest relievers when it comes
to keeping stress down. Also
watching reality TV helps. My
job is so serious sometimes that
I need that "reality" ridiculousness to give my brain a break.
Anything you'd like to add?
To me, nursing really is about finding
the unit, population, setting or
specialty you feel called to. When I
went to graduate school I was able to
complete the pediatric primary care
nurse practitioner certification as
well, and even though I had excellent
preceptors and great clinical rotations,
leaving the ICU is just not something
I see myself doing for a long time.
There's something inside telling me
critical care is where I need to be.

Interview by Paul Taylor, paul.taylor@aacn.org

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human body is capable of ... it's mind blowing! And then to
add to it a patient who was near death from a car accident;
a year later they come back to the unit walking and talking
like nothing ever happened. It is a rewarding career that
never stops feeding my hunger for new research or change.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - August 2017

Another Angle
Pres Note Front Teaser
Masthead
New Online Toolkit Shows Crucial Roles of Nurses in Serious Illness Communication
Oct. 31 Deadline to Apply for AACN Research Grants
PCCN or CCRN: Which Certification Is Right for You?
Failed Resuscitations May Increase Stress for Nurses
Updated Cardiac Nursing Course and CMC Review Course Online
New Behavior-Based Pain Assessment Tool
Hospital Rooftop Is a Hive of Activity
Former ICU Nurse Collects 100K Objects for Medical Mosaic
Interventions Reduce Wrong-Patient Orders in NICUs
Increasing Acceptance of Pediatric Telemedicine
The Privilege of Nursing
Effects of Dexmedetomidine
Seizure Risk Much Higher for Sepsis Survivors
Studies Provide Insights Into Reducing Opioid Use
Short-Term Oral Corticosteroids Increase Risk of Adverse Effects
Hospital Staff Becoming Product Innovators
Addressing Barriers to APRN Practice
Survival Rates Higher During Joint Commission Surveys
Effect of Rudeness on Pediatric Team Performance
Glasgow Coma Scale Stands the Test of Time
ECRI Introduces Patient Identification Tools
Reducing Risk Factors in Pediatric Delirium
Bundle Compliance Increases Survival, Reduces Delirium
Fostering Resilience in Healthcare Professionals Who Are Also Moms
Members: Enhance Your Career With an AACN Scholarship
In Our Journals
Transitions
President’s Note
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Cover1
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Cover2
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Pres Note Front Teaser
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Masthead
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Oct. 31 Deadline to Apply for AACN Research Grants
Bold Voices - August 2017 - PCCN or CCRN: Which Certification Is Right for You?
Bold Voices - August 2017 - 7
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Updated Cardiac Nursing Course and CMC Review Course Online
Bold Voices - August 2017 - New Behavior-Based Pain Assessment Tool
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Former ICU Nurse Collects 100K Objects for Medical Mosaic
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Increasing Acceptance of Pediatric Telemedicine
Bold Voices - August 2017 - The Privilege of Nursing
Bold Voices - August 2017 - 13
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Seizure Risk Much Higher for Sepsis Survivors
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Short-Term Oral Corticosteroids Increase Risk of Adverse Effects
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Addressing Barriers to APRN Practice
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Effect of Rudeness on Pediatric Team Performance
Bold Voices - August 2017 - ECRI Introduces Patient Identification Tools
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Bundle Compliance Increases Survival, Reduces Delirium
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Members: Enhance Your Career With an AACN Scholarship
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Transitions
Bold Voices - August 2017 - President’s Note
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Cover3
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Cover4
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