Korey Hines

Korey HinesMajor: Nursing
Hometown: Ocala, FL

Describe your current job role:

I am a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, FL. I also have been blessed to be a clinical adjunct professor for the School of Nursing, teaching critical care clinicals. In addition to that, I am also a Doctorate of Nursing Practice student here at Palm Beach Atlantic University. 

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I actually had several professional experiences before I went to work as a graduated professional. I was a Resident Assistant and then Assistant Resident Director on campus, which was an invaluable experience. And then I was fortunate enough to work as a nurse extern in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wellington Regional Medical Center. I also had the opportunity to precept with a nurse in PICU at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. Because of the professionalism and work ethic PBA had instilled in me, I was offered jobs at both hospitals upon graduation.

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

It is always go-time. There is never a useless moment. Every single opportunity you get, love on someone. Show them how compassionate and driven you are. Whether it is a co-worker, patient, client, or boss, always show that you have your game face on. You never know when your next job interview begins. I used to think there were moments at work where you needed to be on your toes and then there were moments when you could relax. Then I realized as I have had the chance to move up in my department that the job you are currently in is a stepping stone somewhere in the timeline of your career. You should always make it count. 

"You never know when your next job interview begins."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

PBA taught me to care. No job is just a job. Every job is a chance to serve someone. And Palm Beach Atlantic University embodies that. There was never a moment at PBA that I did not feel loved and served by someone on staff, and I work every day to make sure my patients feel that way as well. 

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Own it. Whatever it is, whether it’s your dream job or you’re still a waitress at the restaurant you have worked at for years. Again, you never know when your next job interview starts. People are always watching and every moment is a chance to show them how wonderful you are. 

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? 

I have been fortunate enough to be mentored by many at my place of work. The two women I have in mind are full of respect and knowledge. They strive to be the best in their fields, truly respecting the field of nursing and desiring to play an integral role in the industry. They are resourceful and caring, while always being willing to mentor and raise up the new generation of nurses. Those that pour into other people are always worthy of looking up to. Learning to pour into others is one of the best traits you can bring into a workplace.

Spotlight posted in February 2018. For current updates from Korey, visit her LinkedIn page.