Read Between the Lines with Allison G, Cardiac Telemetry Nurse
A special thank you to Allison G for giving us a preview of what it is like to be a lead nurse in pediatric/adult mixed telemetry.
What type of nurse are you?
Charge nurse on a busy fast-paced, mixed adult and pediatric, cardiac telemetry and medical/surgical unit
What are your credentials?
Why did you decide to become a nurse? And why did you choose your particular field of nursing?
I wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a little girl, long before I really even new what the job entailed. Then as I grew up and learned more about the profession, it was clear that it was perfect for me. I’ve always had a desire to take compassion to the next level and to be a part of a team. I truly enjoy everything about the type of unit I’m a part of. It is incredibly diverse, which has given me the broadest scope of nursing knowledge and doesn’t allow for boredom. I’m able to care for an infant with respiratory problems, at the same time as consoling the patient and family of a comfort care hospice patient next door, and a post-op patient down the hall, and another patient being closely monitored on cardiac telemetry.
Tell us about your field of nursing.
My unit is unique due to the fact we have both adults and pediatrics. And both med-surg and cardiac tele patients. These types of units tend to be rare since both are there own specialties. The nurses I work with all understand the incredible diversity in our patient population and must be able to switch gears and ways of thinking with each patient.
What do you love about your job?
I’m absolutely in love with my job. It is my passion. I love being there for people during their most difficult times. I love the incredible amounts of knowledge that I’ve achieved – not a day goes by when i don’t learn something new! I love the rush, urgency, and pressure of emergencies, when a patient is going downhill fast. I love being a part of a team – we are a family and know one another’s strengths and weaknesses and use them to make our unit a successful work-flow.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
I find the emotional aspects of the job most challenging: being a part of patients and families lives during their most stressful and vulnerable times. It can be difficult to find a balance of deep compassion and emotional separation because patients and families often develop a bond with us nurses and rely on us for support in every aspect of their difficult times.