"I always had an interest in the biological sciences. My mother suggested health care. The minute I stepped into the field, I knew it was for me."

Role Model Photo Randy Hudson

Health Field: Registered Nurse

Number of years in the profession:
29 year

Years in College: 4 years

Professional Credentials:

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
I always had an interest in the biological sciences. My mother suggested health care. The minute I stepped into the field, I knew it was for me.

What other careers did you consider?
I thought about a career in business simply because that was what my father did. I was completely bored in the retail sector and I knew that was not for me.

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
While I was a senior in high school, I was enrolled in a cooperative health education program. That was an excellent introduction to the field of health care. After high school, I enlisted in the US Navy and became a Navy Hospital Corpsman. That provided outstanding practical experience in health care.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
My experience in high school cooperative health education and my Navy experience as a hospital corpsman provided early preparation for my present career as an RN.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
Nursing school was very challenging. It was academically challenging and required many hours of study and time away from family and friends. It was very time consuming and there was not much of a life outside of the classroom.

How did you overcome these challenges?
I always looked ahead at the ultimate goal. I kept the dream alive by knowing that the time invested would eventually pay off.

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 have an excellent job now. I work Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. I oversee staff development for a small specialty hospital. I either plan education or present education to our staff members on a daily basis. Being a small facility, I wear other hats as well. I oversee a portion of our safety program and am currently directing a leadership development project.

How many hours do you work in an average week?

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
I work in a small specialty hospital (Long Term Acute Care)

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
One must be well organized and a good manager of time. Time management is essential for any nurse. In clinical positions (like hospitals), a nurse needs to realize that care has to be provided 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Sometimes nurses have to work on holidays and weekends. If this is a problem, one should consider other careers as a Monday through Friday job is hard to come by. A nurse must keep abreast of all new technology and the newest trends and developments. A nurse leader must be aware of how politics and power work. A nurse leader must be cognitive of health care finance and budgeting principles.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Having the opportunity to be creative. I am in a unique position requiring minimal supervision. In teaching, I have the opportunity to create and implement various programs and projects.

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Anyone considering the nursing career should know up front that it is not like what is presented by the media or pop culture. Nursing is much different than what is depicted. It is a highly professional role that can be very demanding. Nurses are not the physician's servants. They have specific roles different from physicians and have a very equal contribution to the health of the community. In addition, nurses are employed by many different types of organizations besides hospitals. More education and training means more responsibilities and diversity. It is a demanding yet very rewarding career.

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?
Without a doubt. This career has provided me with a comfortable lifestyle and challenging work.

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
Yes. I am presently applying for graduate school at Texas Tech University where I plan to earn a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with an Administrative track. I will probably pursue an additonal related degree after that. Education and training is imperative in order to assure success in the field of nursing.

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