An excellent introduction into Public Health Nursing because of the exemplars I learned from.
Public Health Nurse (Former Employee) – Lake County, IL – September 23, 2013
I chose a Public Health job because of the hours: I needed week-day hours because I had three young children and my husband was being deployed. We needed my income; I had to work and I like being a nurse. My co-workers were all more experienced than I and were willing to discuss cases and give me pointers. I learned a new format of charting. Our supervising nurse was one who was a nurse-midwife and had ridden horse-back into the mountains of in Eastern States to deliver babies and care for the mothers after delivery. She had such an air of competence, we could go to her with any problem. She used my personal financial circumstances to argue before the county board for raises for all the nurses. The hardest part of the job was feeling i needed to do more to improve lifestyles. The most enjoyable was working with mothers and their newborn babies.
Supportive colleagues, allowed to have independent thinking and actions, co-workers respect my knowledge and problem-solving skills, ability to work with mothers and newborn babies
Leaving my own children to teach others how to be better mothers. poor pay, long commute times to client's homes.