My Education: AD, Science, Quincy College. certification, Laser Procedures
My Prior Experience: I worked as a staff nurse at a rehab center, which led to my becoming a unit manager and then Assistant Director of Nursing. More recently I have worked in a GI office administering IV medications to patients. I am a part owner of a laser skin clinic.
My Company: A laser skin clinic that offers laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, vein removal, botox and dermal fillers. I also work in a doctor's office doing telephone triage and administering IV medications.
Job/Career Overview: In my first job in the doctor's office, I have two patients scheduled at a time for the infusing of their medications. I take their vital signs, start an IV, and start running fluids to give the patient some hydration. Then I mix the medication and hook it into the tubing for administration. It flows in over two hours and I take vital signs every 30 minutes during this time. After the infusion is completed, I schedule the patient for her next appointment and she goes on her way.
My second job is at the laser skin clinic. This position has many facets. A typical day consists of greeting clients coming in, going to the procedure room and performing whatever procedure is required. Sometimes a client comes in for a consultation and we go to the conference room and talk things over. Together we work out a plan for what would be best for the client.
I am also in charge of keeping the books for the company. I record transactions in our Quickbooks, balance bank statements, pay bills, etc. The end of the day consists of cleaning up the procedure room, stocking supplies, maintaining the cleanliness of the laser and cleaning the procedure chair.
More Insights: A misconception many people have about nurses is that they make a lot of money and don't work very hard. That is so wrong! Nursing is hard work no matter what kind of nursing you do. There is a lot of responsibility and not always a lot of thanks.
Some important personal qualities for success are having the ability to laugh at yourself, be humble, honest and hard working. You shouldn't take yourself too seriously while climbing the corporate ladder. A good leader is well-rounded and even-tempered.
I rate this career 7 out of 10.
The worst part of Job One is having difficulty starting an IV line on my patients and having to stick them more than once. The best part is meeting nice people and knowing that what I am doing is improving the quality of their lives.
The worst part of Job Two is waiting for a client who never arrives and doesn't bother to call. The best part of this job is also meeting nice people and also learning a different type of nursing, learning new items about skin care.
No matter what job you chose to pursue, I have one code I live by: "Treat people as you would want to be treated."
Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand something. There is no such thing as a stupid question.
Help someone who doesn't understand something. You never know when you may need help and that person will be there for you.