"I would do it again in a heartbeat! I have worked in many different settings as a registered nurse. Each job offered me something different and allowed me experiences that afforded me a knowledge base that has made me a better person overall."

Role Model Photo Ann McAdams

Health Field: Registered Nurse

Number of years in the profession:
30 year

Years in College: 4 years

Professional Credentials:

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
I always knew I wanted to be a nurse.

What other careers did you consider?

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
All my family members were in the teaching field, so I wanted to pursue something different. I decided to enter the field of nursing to be different.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
I was a volunteer at the hospital when I was in High School. I delivered flowers and mail to the patients.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
Finances were difficult, but my parents did not ever let me know that it was hard on them.

How did you overcome these challenges?
I worked while I was in college to help my parents out.

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 teach Health Science Technology in High School.

How many hours do you work in an average week?

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
I teach in High School, and then supervise the students when they go out to do their clinicals in the Long Term Care Facilities.

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
A background in many different health care settings has been a great strength in teaching the students. I am able to offer them many experiences that help illustrate different careers, because of 30 years experience in the health care field.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
One of the best rewards is hearing stories that my 2nd year students share after they have been in the Long Term Care Facilities and working with the geriatric residents. At the beginning of the year, they just cannot imagine themselves visiting with these Senior Adults, and then in a few months, they just love listening to their stories!

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Go for it, as it is a very rewarding career choice!

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?
Yes, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I have worked in MANY different settings as a Registered Nurse. I have had so many different jobs as a nurse, including home health, hospice, clinic settings, doctor's office, hospital nursing, teaching childbirth classes, and now teaching high school students. Each job offered me something different and allowed me experiences that afforded me a knowledge base that has made me a better person overall! I have shared my experiences with my students to illustrate how a person can be a nurse for over 30 years, but never get tired of nursing! They have loved to learn how I worked in many settings so varied, but still remain an RN! This allows them a real opportunity to see that they can do it also!

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
Not at this time.

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