"The most rewarding part of my job is feeling like I made a different in someone's life at the end of the day."

Role Model Photo Jennifer Ransier

Health Field: Registered Nurse

Number of years in the profession:
13 year

Years in College: 4 years

Professional Credentials:

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
As a child always wanted to become a doctor, but did not have the time to do it. Decided to become a nurse instead.

What other careers did you consider?
Wanted to join the air force.

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
Watching my grandmothers die from illnesses.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
Became an LVN then decided to move forward and become an RN.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
Went to LVN school when my first child was 2 years old. I was a single parent and with the help of my family was able to acheive that first goal. Graduated in 1996 with LVN. Went back to school to get my RN. This was also hard because now I was a single parent with 2 children. Had to work at night and weekends to pay for college and my other bills.

How did you overcome these challenges?
Worked very hard and with help of my family.

Was your family supportive of you through your college (or other training) years?

Did you have a job and work while you were going to college or other training? Yes

Present Career as a Registered Nurse

Describe an average work day for you.
I usually work 3 twelve hour shifts per week. And an extra 5 to 8 hours per week doing education for the department.

How many hours do you work in an average week?

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
Rural hospital in the emergency room.

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Feeling like I made a difference in someone's life at the end of the day.

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Don't give up!

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?
Yes, I have enjoyed being a nurse. I love my job!

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
I have thought about going back to school to obtain my BSN in nursing.

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