Licensed Practical Nurse: Rhiannon McCully
1. Why did you choose to become a licensed practical nurse?
I have always, even when I was young, loved helping people!! I knew this was the job for me. I started out as a certified nurse’s aide and did that for two years, then started college right out of high school!!
2. What is your typical work day like?
I clock in to work and record our quality check to make sure our supplies are correctly dated and acceptable for use. I then register donors, who come willingly to donate blood products, into the computer system. From there (if they pass the physical exam) I take them to the bed/cot and start the donation process.
3. What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most challenging?
I love that I work with healthy people every day because sick people can’t donate blood. The most challenging thing is that not everyone’s vein is the perfect size or sometimes we have donor reactions.
4. What is the biggest myth or misconception about your career or field?
The biggest myth is that the Red Cross and other blood banks are all connected. For example: Blood Center of Iowa is different than The American Red Cross!
5. What steps did you take in high school and college to help prepare you for your career?
I took a lot of advanced placement classes. This was nice because my high school paid for them and I also received college credit.
6. What did you find difficult during your career preparation? How did you overcome these obstacles?
I found that I didn’t really seek my college options like I should have.
7. What do you see as the strengths and skills needed to succeed in your career?
I keep up on my nursing skills. In my current position, I don’t perform tasks, for example catheter cares and passing medications, like others LPNs do.
8. What advice would you offer to students interested in pursuing a career as a licensed practical nurse?
Nursing has SO many different options! I never saw myself working with blood and I am glad I broadened my horizons and called Kaplan University. I received a great college education and followed that up with a dream career!