From hospital volunteer to CCU nurse, RN5 Joules shares her wisdom and insights; her story of study and work challenges, what keeps her motivated, and how care and compassion to her core, along with research, good networking, and mindset (oh! and uPaged!), means you can always find a great paying nursing job.
So Joules, tell us … why did you choose nursing as a career?
Did you always want to be a nurse?
When and where did you do nursing training?
What was the best thing about your training?
What was the worst thing about it?
What specialty did you start your career in?
Did that change? If so, why? Was the change for the best?
Yes, it changed as the hospital did not give me a placement in the ward due to high competition. And yes; it was for the best as I am now in a place that gives me flexibility.
What is a common myth about your job or field of expertise?
That nurses are not paid enough. With thorough research, good networking and mindset, you can find a nursing job with great pay.
Which has been your best nursing job ever, and why?
Tell us about your favourite / most memorable patient?
What do you love about being a nurse?
What is your proudest nursing moment?
What do you like least about your nursing job?
What gives you the ‘ick’? What is your biggest nursing pet peeve?
If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
What’s an “insult” you’ve received that you’re proud of?
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
What is your advice for nurses considering a career pathway like yours? What is your top tip for someone wanting to do the same?
In your opinion, what is the most important personality trait/strength someone would need to work in your industry/be successful in your job?
What’s one thing about your job/field of expertise that almost no one agrees with you about?
What is something about you that your nursing colleagues don’t know?
What is your side hustle / other job / passion outside of nursing / life like outside of nursing …?
What’s the biggest challenge you face in your nursing job?
What’s the single thing that annoys you most that you see other nurses do?
What’s the best nursing advice you have ever been given? Who gave it to you and why? What else was going on at the time that prompted the advice?
How do you de-stress from the juggle of everything you do?
If you could go back and give your 18-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
What underrated tool(s) are indispensable for your job?
If you could change one thing in nursing, what would it be?
Finish this sentence: If I could start over again, I would …
Quick 10 with Joules:
A: Live every day like it’s your last
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