Back to school
I have been on the fence for a while about this. Do I want to take the time out of my schedule for more studying? Do I want the financial burden of paying tuition, again? Do I want to lose time from my family?
Ultimately I decided, in the long run this would be good for my family and my career. It would open new doors for me that may not present themselves otherwise. I chose to study Nursing Informatics. I definitely didn’t want to do anything clinical like a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist or a Mid-wife. I wanted something that would allow me to continue and grow in management, but also to move into different areas of nursing/health care. Also…..it’s all online classes, no going to campus and sitting through lectures.
Still, the thought of papers, tests, and especially clinicals is horrifying. I am not as young as I was when I did it the first time. I can barely stay awake past 9:00pm, and now I have to stay awake after my daughter is in bed to study. I can barely remember to post my blogs each week and now I have to do research and write papers.
Well, I will load up my backpack and hit the books and just hope I can stay awake.
Rob Cameron is currently a staff nurse in a level II trauma center. He has primarily been an ED nurse for most of his career, but he has also been a nurse manager for Surgical Trauma and Telemetry unit. He has worked in Med/Surg, Critical Care, Hospice, Rehab, an extremely busy cardiology clinic and pretty much anywhere he's been needed.
Prior to his career in nursing, Rob worked in healthcare finance and management. Rob feels this experience has given him a perspective on nursing that many never see. He loves nursing because of all the options he has within the field. He is currently a grad student working on an MSN in nursing leadership, and teaches clinicals at a local university.
Away from work, Rob spends all of his time with his wife and daughter. He enjoys cycling and Crossfit. He is a die hard NASCAR fan. Sundays you can find Rob watching the race with his daughter.
By Rob Cameron