"Almost like a calling, as a child I wanted to know where the ambulances were going."

Role Model Photo Belinda Deal

Health Field: Registered Nurse

Number of years in the profession:
30 year

Years in College: 15 years

Professional Credentials:

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
Almost like a calling, as a child I wanted to know where ambulances were going. I loved sciences in high school.

What other careers did you consider?

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
I had a neighbor who was a nurse. And science classes.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
Took chemistry and physics in high school.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?

How did you overcome these challenges?

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.
Come to school early, any needed preparations before class, phone calls, emails to students or faculty. Teach class, grade papers, prepare for exams.

How many hours do you work in an average week?

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
BI teach nursing in a Bachelor's degree Nursing program

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
Critical thinking; Caring and likes people; Some assertiveness; Able to perform tasks, give medications, start Ivs

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Working with students, helping them see the light bulb go off, impacting their life in a positive way

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Teaching nursing is a very flexible career with many rewards. Work as a nurse for a few years then get a masters degree in nurisng and explore academia.

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
I just completed my PhD

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