Bryant & Stratton College
COMM150: Introduction to Information Literacy
November 6, 2012
My name is Shannon Burkett. I am a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) currently enrolled at Bryant and Stratton College to acquire an Associate degree in nursing. My dream job would to be to hold a position as a Trauma Nurse. As a Trauma Nurse, I would enjoy working in an Emergency Room setting, in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), or as a Life Flight Nurse. With the interest in becoming a Trauma Nurse, I have performed the necessary research covering the responsibilities, working as a nurse in today’s job market both for the State of Ohio and Nationally, and the salary of a Trauma Nurse in a variety of settings. Challenging Job Duties
Some of the most important and challenging job duties of a Trauma Nurse include documentation, administering medications and treatments, and consulting with the doctors (Bureau Of Labor Statics [ BLS], 2012, para.2). I interviewed an instructor I had when in school to obtain my LPN, Karin Sassio. Karin was one of my in-class instructor and my clinical instructor. She has since moved to Michigan and is now the Director of Nursing at a Long-term care facility. I choose Karin for this project because she is very knowledgeable, she has been a nurse for a long time, and has worked in a variety of healthcare settings. I asked Karin “What is the most rewarding part of being a nurse?” Karin replied, “The most rewarding part of being a nurse, to me, is to help someone and see them improve so they can go home, and back to a normal life” (Sassio, 2012).
National Job Market and Trends
The number of Registered Nurses employed in the nation is 1,737,400. According to Roma Lightsey, “falls, medication errors, pain management, and patient education are just some of the areas that are neglected due to a shortage of nurses” (Lightsey, 2012, ¶ 5). Job opportunities are expected to be excellent. Some employers report difficulty in keeping enough RNs on staff. The demand for RNs is expected to continually increase 26% from 2010 to 2021. The national average compensation is $64,690 annually (BLS, 2012, para.2).
Ohio Job Market and Trends
The number of RNs working in Ohio is 124,790. The average compensation in Ohio for an RN is $60,818 annually. There is every reason to expect this growth will continue. In Ohio the job market is expected to grow 15% by the year 2020. Advances in medical technology and the aging of the population will generate continued expansion (Ohio Outlook Handbook, [OOH], 2012, para.9). The overall job outlook in Ohio for an RN is excellent. Personal Analysis
Being Trauma Nurse appeals to me because of the fast-paced environment. I would be working with a variety of people and situations. I have the ability to maintain my composure and operate effectively in an emergency environment. Secondly, I can communicate well with others, such as with patients and co-workers to carry out an assigned task. Finally, I am amiable and able to function well in a team setting. Education
The education that a Trauma Nurse needs first is to obtain an RN license. A person can choose either to get an Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Science. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the NCLEX-RN examination. After obtaining an RN license the facility may require the nurse to obtain additional certifications and/or experience to work in an emergency department, ICU, or as a Life Flight Nurse. Additional training may include basic life support, and advanced life support for both adults and children. A Trauma Nurse must be able to assess changes in their patients concerning their health and take proper actions (Alexander, 2012, p. 193). They also must be responsible and detail oriented to ensure patients get the correct treatments and medications at the...