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Nurses Week: Educating, Empowering, & Enhancing

This week we celebrate the nurses who educate, empower, & enhance the nursing profession. Each day this week we will showcase a nurse interview. With this blog, we hope to bring nursing closer together by uplifting each other through personal stories.

How long have you been a nurse? Is it your 1st or 2nd career?

I have been a nurse since 2001 (eleven years). This is my first career. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education/Human services.

What is your highest degree? Are you currently in school?

Bachelor’s degree, Yes, I am currently in school.

What is your current position/specialty?

Prior Authorization/ Utilization Management Registered Nurse

What areas of nursing have you worked in?

Adult Medical/Surgical, Neonatal ICU, Pediatric Medical/Surgical, Adult Neurosurgery, Newborn Nursery, Day care for medically fragile children.

What have been your fondest memories during your nursing career

Working in pediatrics and neonatal ICU, It is very rewarding when the babies and children come back to visit the nursing staff.

What are your professional nursing goals?

To obtain a master’s degree in the area of Family Nurse Practitioner and someday establish a clinic for the care of children and adolescents.

How do you feel about the “BSN in 10” law?

I am not familiar with this law.

Where do you see yourself in nursing in the next 5 years?

Working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a pediatric practice or clinic.

What do you think are challenges facing the nursing profession? Current and future?

Current challenges would be the nursing shortage, long hours, non competitive salary. Future challenges: Nursing shortage, not enough nurses in research.

How do you feel about the new graduate nurses and their transition from nursing school to the field?

I think that new graduate nurses need more structure and classes instituted in their transition from the classroom to the workforce.

If you weren’t a nurse, what would be your profession?

I would be a health education teacher.

What is your personal and/or professional mission statement?

To use my God-given talents as a nurse, to give the best care.

S. F., R.N, Georgia

Nursing Knowledge….

Happy Nurses Month!!! My gift for you today dedicated to my nursing students:

They often say, “Knowledge is power.” However, knowledge is not power. Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action and directed to a definite end” ~Napoleon Hill~

Nursing school gave you the potential power (knowledge). Now it is time to use your knowledge to create your plan of action. With positive attitude and your knowledge, you will pass your exam and be a successful addition to the nursing profession.

Sylette DeBois, BSN, RN, HTC

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Nursing First

Nursing First……everything else will follow!

So what does “Nursing First” mean exactly? When a nurse or member of the nursing team is educated, motivated, mentored, and inspired, everything else falls into place. The focus on nursing education should be at the forefront of health care. We must begin to place an emphasis on education of the new nurse beyond traditional schooling. Programs should be offered to prepare the new nurse with the tools to succeed in her first year. “How to Survive Your First Year in Nursing” is a workshop designed for the new nurse and the nursing student. It provides the participant with answers to questions that so often go unanswered. Everything I wish I was taught in nursing school but wasn’t is packed into this 6 hour workshop. So if the question is “how do I survive my first year in nursing?” The answer is simple……education, motivation, inspiration and mentoring from seasoned nurses.


Sylette DeBois, RN

The Image of Nursing

Nursing is “The Most Trusted Profession” according to the Gallup survey of public perceptions for 2011. Yet we continue to have so many negative images in the media that plague our profession. Most trusted profession? Tell us what you really think? Would you trust the “naughty nurse” to start your I.V.? Or would you trust the nurse who commits adultery and steals drugs from patients to give you health and wellness advice? I am sure you would answer no to these questions yet this is the image of nurses in the media today. I am honored that the public has voted our profession as the most trusted. It says to me that what we do every day, one on one, with our patients does not go unnoticed. So, why doesn’t the media portray the same image our patients have of us? What is the solution to the negative Hollywood image that makes us appear as doctor’s pets and doctors as life saving professionals? Truth is, the best doctors could actually be nurses 🙂

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