Today we’d like to introduce you to Aileen. Registered nurse of 5 years from San Diego, CA.

Can you walk us through your story and how you decided to get into this field of work? 

I decided to get into this field of work through my personal experience. As a child, my grandfather was hospitalized due to a heart attack. From visiting and staying with him at the hospital, I was inspired by the staff, particularly the nurses. Their work ethic, beside manner, and ability to take care of multiple patients at once was admirable. I was at the end of my college career when I decided that I wanted to switch my major from Biology to Nursing but decided to finish my Biology degree. Shortly after, I pursued a second degree in Nursing.

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

Being able to just see a patient get better as you take care of them for several days is rewarding to me. Being able to see them and their families smile and find comfort in knowing that you will take good care of them is even more rewarding.

Were there any challenges during the process of pursuing your career? Such as the training, education, schooling and other preparations involved:

What I found challenging was being able to find the time to fit in a workout routine. I was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing but it was an accelerated program. It was a struggle to find the time and balance school at the same time. It took time to adapt and be okay with not working out for a couple days cause of the amount of schoolwork and clinical that I had to get done.

As a health professional, do you feel it’s important to take care of yourself as well as others? And Why?

As a healthcare professional, I definitely believe it is important to take care of yourself. If you are sick, it hinders your ability to take care of others and put them as your priority when you are sick.

What advice would you give for others wanting to pursue this career?

For others, I would advise that they put their all into this career and work hard no matter how tough things can get. Nursing school was definitely not an easy thing to do, but the end result was rewarding. Make sure to always ask questions, help each other out, and try to have fun in the process.

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