SpecialtyCritical Care Nurse
GroupMen in Nursing
Last week I coded a 30 year-old patient for three hours... 3 HOURS! Three hours of CPR and pushing drugs. When the code was over I was mentally and physically exhausted, and I wanted to collapse, but that would not be possible. You see, I saved the patient and it was only three hours into my twelve hour shift! Welcome to my world... During my career, I have specialized in ER, NICU, PICU, all Adult ICU, Cardio thoracic ICU for Neonates, Pediatrics and Adults, PACU, and HIV/AIDS Nursing. That took some planning, right? You would think. I must admit that my broad expertise was 100% coincidental and had nothing to do with planning. I'd try something, learn it and move on to the next thing. My family and friends say that I have adult ADD. All these years later I look back on my nursing career and cannot believe all that I have learned and done. Working as a nurse I have traveled to Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Alaska, Nevada, California and New York. I've been honored by the Filipino Heritage International as Nurse of the Year for 2005. I've been a medical consultant for many of the shows on television. I've even starred on a reality show for nurses. I've been able to pursue other interest like traveling, athletics, performing and most dear to my heart, my volunteer work for Camp del Corazon (a residential summer camp for children with heart disease). None of these things would have been possible if it were not for my nursing career. A career with stability, pay, scheduling flexibility and coworker support that only nursing has to offer.