In October, I will commence a nursing career at Emory Healthcare’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I am specializing in Neonatology and will complete a two-year NICU residency program where I will be taught to take care of critically-sick babies in their nationally-recognized Level IV NICU.
I became experienced through my nursing school clinical, and through precepting in the Intensive Care Unit at Bethesda West. While there, I was proficiently trained in assessments of critically ill patients, efficient time management skills, direct and empathetic patient communication, practice of technical skills, and proficient documentation skills. My preceptor, along with other ICU nurses, physicians (Intensivists, Specialists), and the Critical Care NP, were constantly teaching me the appropriate anticipations and interventions for treatment of multiple complex pathophysiological disease processes of critical patients. I am very thankful for this experience, which I am confident has prepared me for an easier transition from Student Nurse into Critical Care RN. I also learned to use proficient pediatric therapeutic communication through volunteering as a Sunday school teacher for all ages and taking care of the babies in my church’s nursery.
I now know that it requires incredible patience, and often many multi-tasking skills. It requires balancing a work life and social life, to avoid burnout. There are so many things that you learn from simply experiencing them with time, and you must be patient with yourself as you experience these things in the workforce. Dependence on the Lord’s guidance and strength has become what I lean on during this season. In fact, my current go-tos include: hard work, perseverance, patience, faith, (and a lot of coffee).
" ... hold fast to God's promises, and to work hard toward achieving [your] dream."
I learned valuable skills that prepared me to be a compassionate, caring, and critically-thinking nurse. Above all, I was taught through the example of my professors and community to be a servant-hearted and faith-filled healthcare provider in today’s generation.
I would advise them to hold fast to God’s promises, and to work hard toward achieving their dream. If they are still unsure of what their purpose is, I would encourage them to spend time in prayer, trusting that God will guide them where He wills. I would also encourage them to balance working hard in school, and also making time to do what you love. Everything is a balance. Enjoy college! It definitely flies by!
Apart from family, I have been mentored by my nursing professors and clinical instructors. Their love for the Lord, nursing, and people was truly inspirational. Also, they very evidently cared about their students as more than students. They prayed for us, took us under their wing, and advised us during 4 hard years of nursing school. I was also insanely blessed by the community of believers that exists at PBA and in PBA’s School of Nursing. I always felt encouraged and like I wasn’t facing the stresses of college alone.
Spotlight posted in September 2018. For current updates from Amanda, visit her LinkedIn.