For this paper I am interviewing my friend’s mother who lives down the street from me. Her name is Kimberly Addison and she is a registered nurse in the State Of California, who acquired her registered nursing license August 31st 1987. She has experience as a hospice nurse, Charge nurse, trauma nurse, Head nurse of the ER and Director of Nursing. One of the first questions I asked Mrs. Addison was that if I wanted to take up nursing what should I do and what are the primary requirements. She responded by saying, “perspective nurses should complete a diploma program or an associate, bachelor’s degree program in nursing. She told me all nursing programs require students to take courses in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, psychology and social behavioral science”. When you have completed completion of state approved training programs and the passed the national Council licensure examination for register nurses you will be recognized in the medical community as an entry-level registered nurse.
She also mentioned when you first start out you will be evaluating and implementing care also administering medication according to the orders by the doctor. She also mentioned that when she was training as a nurse’s aide her nurse that was training her taught her that assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation are the core principles then you will carry with you no matter what type of care you provide as a nurse or a physician. She is currently practicing at Gardena memorial Hospital as an ICU bedside nurse. The ICU or the Intensive Care Unit is an extension of the emergency room. The intensive care unit caters to patients with the most severe in life threatening injuries or illnesses they are mostly staffed by highly trained doctors and critical care nurses with experience with emergency trauma patients.
How Mrs Addison describes her working experience she says working i requires careful assessment and monitoring, patients and to watch for some changes impatient medical conditions that might require emergency interventions. Mrs. Addison also describes the teamwork required to cater to one patient me in her team she will usually have a Nurse’s Assistant, a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the primary Physician, and herself as the primary bedside nurse. The four of them will collaborate on the next step of the patient’s care following an assessment of the patient’s vitals, a review of the incident report, applying immediate wound care, and xrays. After the patient has been evaluated Mrs. Addison, the primary doctor, the family, and the insurance agent will collaborate to see what would be best for the patient’s care intensive care unit can be described as a darkish dim lighted room where the most critical patients are on Morphine, Demerol, Vicodin and any other pain medication distributed it by the primary Doctors, and recommended by the primary nurses.
When I ask a question what is the relationship like between nurses and doctors, she responded by saying “doctors can sometimes allow there ego and position in the hospital to affect the way they practice medicine. The reason is because Doctors will sometime communicate to nurses in a condescending sometime dismissive attitude which can sometimes bring down the morale of the team the Hospital set forth”. She also preference her comments by saying she knows some of the most highly reputable Doctors in the industry who’s work and respect amongst the community is well deserved and they are the hardest working people in the hospital, however maintaining a high morale in a highly stressful environment is important we are trying to maintain healthy team relationship.
When I asked what did you make of your working environment Mrs. Addison said, “what makes the intensive care unit a unique department is that if you were in the medical industry it is an open secret that most young nurses are more likely to go work in the ER because of the adrenaline rush and the chaotic environment that comes with it and as a former ER nurse that’s what she wanted to do when she finished nursing school”. She also said she found herself wanting to slow down after she’s gotten older and the ICU department what is a way for her to still be a part of that excitement but at a slower pace. One of the last questions I asked Mrs. Addison was what do you feel is the current state of the medical field and what it could look like for years to come? She said, “that young people now with all the technology in all the resources that kids have at their disposal there is no excuse for kids not to know”.
When I asked her what that meant she retorted, “It means, that the resources that I had at my generation gave me hope that in the future my kids generation would not have to endure the heartache and struggle of the lack of information that I had during my career as a student, nurse, and a mother”. She closed by saying, “absorb as much information as you possibly can before making a decision about entering into any field let alone the medical field it is a long , hard, and tedious journey that requires a sound mind and a strong resolve”. After the interview was over the most meaningful things that I got out of the interview was that the road to the medical field is a long and tedious process that requires a lot of focus and plenty of patience.
I can see how people immediately can get excited about being a doctor or a nurse. How Mrs. Addison described a successful, healthy, and working hospital is that it requires patient people ,strong leaders, and a humble heart for hospital to run smoothly especially in the ER. Nursing would not probably be something that I would want to do however, I learned that having a nurse’s hustle can almost guarantee you a spot in society because people are always looking for somebody who wants to work hard and who wants to be dedicated to helping the community. In closing I would say that I took away a positive experience from the interview that I know I can carry with me for years to come like ambition, dedication, and leadership.