Registered Nurse: Belinda Richards
1. Why did you choose to become a registered nurse?
Job security. Job flexibility. I want to help people and there are a variety of areas you can specialize in.
2. What is your typical work day like?
I arrive at 7:00 a.m. and receive reports, then care for my patients. I interact with doctors and ancillary departments to educate and care for my patients. I give meds and treatments and monitor vitals and cardiac rhythms. I work until 7:00 p.m., then hand over care to the next RN.
3. What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most challenging?
Being there for patients and their families. I feel best when I know I have made a difference in their life. But it can be hard when you have a very ill or terminal patient.
4. What is the biggest myth or misconception about your career or field?
That you just work in a hospital, clinic or nursing home. You could be anywhere — a nurse on a cruise ship, for example.
5. What steps did you take in high school and college to help prepare you for your career?
Biology and anatomy classes in high school. Lots of nursing classes.
6. What did you find difficult during your career preparation? How did you overcome these obstacles?
There was tons of reading — lots of things to memorize. I just tried to split up the reading and make it fun.
7. What do you see as the strengths and skills needed to succeed in your career?
Flexibility and caring about people.
8. What advice would you offer to students interested in pursuing a career as a registered nurse?
I feel to be a nurse you really need a desire to help and care for patients. People can be difficult to deal with at times and you have to want to help them despite this.