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Biggest Surprises

"In my current position as an RN Educator, I am surprised by how much I've had to be available from my home. My position is supposed to be only 2 days a week, however, it is expected that I respond to emails and needs on my days off. It has become such an issue that I am considering leaving the position so I can stay home full time with my son and new baby that is due to be here in 3 weeks." (RN Educator; 2013)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in Michigan, female
School: Studied Nursing at Excelsior College in New York; completed Associate degree in 2010

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Nurse Practitioner: "The best parts of the job are the relationships that I form with both patients and co-workers. It can be really rewarding to see people feeling better or helping them to optimize their health. The most difficult part is the paperwork. After I finish seeing patients, the work is never done. I have many office visit notes, forms to fill out for insurance companies and employers." (2011)

Nurse Practitioner: "I love it when someone tells me that I have really helped them feel better, mentally, physically or both. There are a lot of psycho-social issues that have to do with wellness or illness and you have to be able to think about those issues and ask the patient hard questions. Being able to constantly educate is the best part of the job, which is decidedly physical and can be tough for people with bad backs, bad knees, or other physical ailments. Even in general nursing there's lots of lifting, pushing, pulling, but not as much in my nurse practitioner job." (2010)

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Career Tips

"Ability To Work In Collaboration With Others...
Pursue a well-rounded education. It helps to be strong in math, science and the liberal arts in this field. You really need to be both patient and empathetic to work in healthcare. Try working as a nurse's aide or medical assistant first if possible. This will give you some idea of whether you will like the work. You must also be a team player. You will need to be able to work cooperatively with a lot of different providers - nurses, doctors, medical assistants, physical therapists etc. It helps to be able to think on your feet and have good communication skills. You need to be able to explain a patient's history using a description that is concise yet complete." (Nurse Practitioner; 2011)

"Organization Is Crucial...
Study hard! You must be good in the sciences, anatomy, physiology, chemistry and psychology. They all are important pieces of the puzzle. You must be good at multi-tasking. You must be able to think about several people, treatments and plans at the same time. You must have an organized brain!" (Nurse Practitioner; 2010)