Get to Know Erlinda S., RN, MN, COHN-S, an Occupational Health Nurse in Chandler, Ariz.
Q: When did you decide to become a nurse?
A: I was born in the Philippines and moved to Arizona after high school. Growing up, I aspired to become a teacher, but by the time I reached the USA, my desire to become a teacher had faded. Knowing that I still wanted to be in a profession that helps people and because of the nursing shortage, I entered nursing school.
Q: What was your experience with obtaining a nursing degree?
A: When I was 18, I received my LPN degree- and earning my degree confirmed that I had chosen the right profession. Becoming a LPN allowed me with financial independence, but I knew there was still much more to learn about nursing in order to become an effective nurse who could deliver high-quality nursing care. So, in 1989, I received my Associate Degree in Nursing; I then received my BSN in 1991, and in 1997 I obtained my Master of Nursing Management.
Q: In what areas of nursing have you worked?
A: I have worked in nursing for more than sixteen years and have worked within five different nursing specialties- hospital-based nursing, clinical instruction, home health, community health, and occupational and environmental health. Ten of these sixteen years I have worked in occupational and environmental health nursing.
Q: Why do you think your nursing specialty is so important?
A: This specialty allowed me to develop health and safety programs, which aide in promoting good health and positive well-being for the working population. I strongly believe that by engaging in primary prevention programs, we can alleviate our country’s escalating health care costs.