This is an interview of a Master’s- prepared nurse who has recently assumed an Assistant Director of Nursing position. The intend of the interview is to show how a graduate of a Master of Science in Nursing would adequately prepare a nurse to assume a higher role in the field of nursing practice, education or administration. This achievement offers the individual with many opportunities for growth and opens the door to different career possibilities. I chose to interview B.A., a fellow instructor at the Anaheim nursing school where we teach. Aside from knowing that she is optimally qualified to fill her post, I am also impressed by how she rose from the ranks, and how she values education as the tool to reach for her dreams.
Overview of Career
B.A. started her career after graduating as a Medical Assistant at Everest College (formerly Bryman College), La Palma in 1991. She worked from 1991 – 1993 at a surgical group practice clinic in Cypress, and was responsible for the back room. She gained clinical experience while assessing patients, taking vital signs, assisting doctors and performing venipunctures and injections.
Not content with her work, she continued with her studies and became a Certified Nursing Assistant from Long Beach City College in 1993. She worked at the Skylight Convalescent Home at Long Beach from 1993 – 1996. B.A. cared for and coordinated with nurses regarding her clients’ physical needs and these reinforced her desire to learn more so she could be of better service.
And so, while working as a CAN, she pursued her Licensed Vocational Nurse program at Long Beach City College and graduated in 1996. She studied fulltime on weekdays and worked two jobs on weekends, to make both ends meet. From 1996 – 2000, she worked as an LVN at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach, where she refined her technical skills on medication pass, intravenous therapy, irrigations and catheterizations, as well as
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