"Embrace the learning process. It will all come together at the bedside as you are taking care of patients."

Role Model Photo Yvette Woody

Health Field: Registered Nurse

Number of years in the profession:
20 year

Years in College: 4 years

Professional Credentials:
RN,BSN working on MSN in Education

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
The way nurses made me feel as a child made me want to be in this field.

What other careers did you consider?
Teaching and Accounting.

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
Childhood abuse.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
None.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
Finances and being a single mom.

How did you overcome these challenges?
Listening to the words of my mentor and once I finished LVN school I was unstoppable. I wish I had met a mentor like my instructor in high school. People are very judgemental of those who when in reality have no choice who thier parents or how they were raised.

Was your family supportive of you through your college (or other training) years?
No

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 work 8-5 now as a Risk Manager for a rural hospital. On weekends I work as a house supervisor until they can higher enough nurses to cover the position.

How many hours do you work in an average week?
40-50

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
Hospital.

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
Education and experience are key. I have been in nursing for 20 years and worked hard to get my education to become a managment member. I look at it like giving back to nursing because I have worked at the bedside and can represent staff in this position.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Making a change to increase better patient healthcare. I love teaching new nurses and students things that will help them be a better nurse one day. Experience is a great teaching tool for those eager to learn. I am always open to new view points and embrace those who think outside the box.

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Embrace the learning process it will all come together at the bedside. Helping others is no greater self worth on earth.

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?
I would have went on to teach nursing way before turning 40 years old. Life and money can sometimes delay a dream but it can never erase your dream.

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
Yes I am currently working on my MSN in Education. I want to give back to nursing and teach nurses.

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