Pros: gained invaluable knowledge of multiple modalities in the hospital, was able to attend many conferences and inservies which enhanced my nursing career.
Cons: during a time of incredible stress, the hospital terminated me instead of offering me assistance with my issues.
I began my nursing career with DRMC in the Emergency Department, which provided me with invaluable critical care experience. I honed my critical thinking skills as well as my ability to stay calm under high stress/trauma situations. I transferred to another Tenet Hospital, JFK Memorial, where I gained experience in the PACU/OR before transferring to the radiology department, which was my true passion. I worked as a nurse in the interventional radiology/cardiac cath lab for a little over three years, and again, gained invaluable experience in management, both client and employees, inventory control, ordering supplies and working with outside vendors to ensure we were using the most up to date equipment and supplies in our cath lab. Towards the end of my tenure here, I assumed many of my supervisors responsibilities, which put undue stress on me, as I was also working as the only RN in the department, but was also working as a clinical instructor for the college. One of the highlights of my career here was implementing a PICC program hospital wide, which saved our patients undue pain and suffering from mulitiple IV starts, but also saved the hospital money by cutting out the cost of having to use mulitiple IV kits on patients. The lines were started in the ER when the patient was admitted, depending on diagnosis and length of stay and then maintained during their hospital stay.