I love that every day is different. I love that I’m meeting new people, but I’m not just meeting them, I’m taking care of them and helping them get better and go home to be with their families and live the rest of their lives.
I’m a second career nurse. I used to work in fairly entry level corporate jobs, HR assistant, receptionist, things like that. I was fairly unstable, and I was let go a lot. One day, right before a meeting where I was going to be let go, I went to the dentist. Looking at the dental assistant who was cleaning my teeth, I suddenly had this idea—I wish I had her job. How did she get that? How did she get into medicine? Because she is taking care of people and that’s what I want to be doing.
The benefits of being a Telemetry Nurse
Hear why being a Telemetry Nurse is so worth all the hard work and dedication from Victoria, BSN, RN-BC.
I work as a Med-Surg Telemetry Nurse in Critical Care.
What a typical work shift is like for me
A typical day in the ICU is busy, but I like to call it organized chaos. Anything can happen. Your patients may be relatively stable, or you may have a code blue or an admission that comes in that needs a lot of rapid treatments.
Usually, we start with two patients, sometimes three. We get our report from the outgoing nurse and then I go right in to see my patients. A full assessment of the patient, the history of the vital signs, the medications. You’re looking at your patient and seeing what they may need now, but you’re also anticipating what they need throughout the day, and in the future. You’re even looking towards a discharge plan.
How I make a difference
It’s a very different lifestyle from a 9 to 6, Monday to Friday job. And I love it.”