I love to help people. It’s a natural thing to be able to talk to them, find out their needs, find out what they want, find out what’s their problem, and be first-line in being able to help solve the issue for them.
I became a nurse because I naturally like to help people, and because of my mom—she is a nurse midwife. I saw the way she dealt with her patients and how she deals with us, and because I idolize my mom, I decided to be just like her and become a nurse, too.
A day in the life of a Family Nurse Practitioner
Tasheima, MSN, RN, RNC-NIC, FNP-BC, explains why she loves every minute of being a Family Nurse Practitioner.
I am working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, even though I am a Family Nurse Practitioner—I cover the span of 0 to 21 years old.
Then the patients start rolling in. A lot of the patients are newborns, so the moms have tons and tons of questions. You have to answer the questions and make them feel comfortable.
And then I just answer questions. I go back to the review box, I answer phone calls, and the cycle continues until it’s time to go home. Busy day, different situations, but it keeps the excitement going every day.
My innovation story
The social worker was gone, and there was nobody else there. So, I had to figure out how to call social services, get her temporary housing, and get her sons help. I followed up with her, made sure she was comfortable. I even gave her some money so that she could get them some food later on in the day. I gave her my number, and to this day she still contacts me, and she still checks in with me.
Ask questions. Sometimes it’s difficult or challenging when you deal with a more seasoned nurse. You can come with maybe not feeling as equipped as they are. I’ve been through it, we’ve all been through it. Just ask questions. Because nobody knows everything. I don’t know everything. You’ll be better. You’ll do better.”