"Nursing has been a great profession. I have never had a problem getting a job. And people treat you as a professional and respect you."

Role Model Photo Victoria Bordelon

Health Field: Registered Nurse

Number of years in the profession:
30 year

Years in College: 10 years

Professional Credentials:
Diploma In Nursing, Advanced Certication in Inpatient Obstetics

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
When I completed High School, women had very few professional opportunities--Teaching and Nursing. I did not want to teach so I chose Nursing. It turned out to be the very best choice.

What other careers did you consider?

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
I had a cousin who was a Register Nurse.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
Living in a small town I did not have the opportunity to do any job shadowing or volunteer. In school I took advance classes like chemistry.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
Nursing education was and is a very hard couse of study. Even though I did well in high school, college was very hard. I did not know how to study, to prepare for class or use my time wisely.

How did you overcome these challenges?
Study groups

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? No

Present Career as a Registered Nurse

Describe an average work day for you.

How many hours do you work in an average week?

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
Academic, Community College

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
kindness, compassion, patience and love of your job. Willing to continue to learn new information everyday.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
helping patients and families

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Nursing education is not easy---study hard and prepare for your profession. Remember that you are taking care of people at the worst time of their lives-- be patient and try to undestand the needs of your patients and their families.

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?
Yes, nursing has been a great profession. I have never had a problem getting a job in the area that I prefer. People treat you as a professional and respect you.

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
If I were younger I would go back to school for my Masters.

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