RN Professions

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December 17, 2019 Season 1 Episode 1
RN Professions
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RN Professions
Pilot Episode
Dec 17, 2019 Season 1 Episode 1
Alli Merrell

Hi there and welcome to the first episode of the RN Professions podcast! 

I am so excited you are here, and I can’t wait to share with you all that’s in store. In this episode I am going to discuss why nursing is the best job ever and I’ll be sharing a bit about my own journey.

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Hi there and welcome to the first episode of the RN Professions podcast! 

I am so excited you are here, and I can’t wait to share with you all that’s in store. In this episode I am going to discuss why nursing is the best job ever and I’ll be sharing a bit about my own journey.

Alli Merrell:
00:00
Hi there and welcome to the first episode of the RN Professions podcast! I am so excited you are here and I can’t wait to share with you all that’s in store. In this episode I am going to discuss why nursing is the best job ever and I’ll be sharing a bit about my own journey.  
Alli Merrell:
10:59
So, this podcast is called RN Professions because it is a celebration of  (Dun-dun-dun!) RN Professions. And because we’re going to hear from amazing nurses, learning from their stories along the way.You are listening to this podcast because, like me, you believe nursing is the greatest career choice ever. And here’s 3 reasons why we know that to be true: 1) We will always need nurses. That’s job security. 2) We will always need nurses. That’s steady income. 3) We will always need nurses. That’s flexibility.
Alli Merrell:
10:59
I was a nursing student 13 years ago. Since graduating at the age of 23, I have worked in 7 different roles. Seven different specialties. To be honest, up until recently I had always considered that to be a weakness, a character flaw that pointed to a lack of dedication. However, my current role as a Nurse Educator in the pharmaceutical industry has brought clarity to all of that motion. What I once viewed as impatience or lack of dedication I now see as Positive Progression Toward Purpose. 
Alli Merrell:
10:59
Some things about me: I love to explore. I love to learn new things. I love to solve problems. I love big picture. Learning these things about myself has helped me to understand my desire to excel quickly, to lead, to propose change and has afforded me the freedom to move away from roles that didn’t suit my strengths. I now have a job that not only suits my interests, but helps me discover them. And I’m still a nurse. I’ve been a nurse this entire time. And my value keeps rising. Finding your purpose in nursing is a process that gives you the power to decide who you want to be as often as you grow and change and progress in life. I mean, that’s a beautiful sentiment, right. But let’s get practical. What does this actually literally mean? I’ll tell you what I know from my own experience.  
Alli Merrell:
10:59
My first job out of nursing school was in Med-Surg, the most general form of hospital nursing. (I highly recommend starting here if you don’t have a specific field of interest, but more on that and a deeper look into Medical-Surgical nursing later). I definitely knew that I did not love Med-Surg, but I also knew I still needed experience before I could start exploring specialties. So I picked something I liked within my med-surg role and focused on honing in that one skill. That skill was starting IVs. I really enjoyed it. Not long after, I became an IV resource, which ultimately lead me to landing the PICC nurse role. I was soon recruiting and training my former preceptors and had become a hospital-wide IV resource. I was able to wheel around my own ultrasound machine, work closely with physicians, radiologists, nurses in other departments and had the opportunity to beta test new-to-market technologies all within my first year out of school.Following my interests and strengths led me to become Department Chair of the largest unit in the hospital on the house-wide committee. But even then I wasn’t hooked. I did not like working in the hospital all day long. I felt trapped.  
Alli Merrell:
10:59
So, on to my next role...I found a nice, quiet aesthetics clinic to settle down for my childbearing years. Normal office hours, weekends and holidays off. It was the perfect, low stress placeholder to transition to part time and then to per diem during those years I spent at home with my 3 precious babies. 
Alli Merrell:
10:59
Aesthetic nursing was also the perfect opportunity to get back into the field, which I did for a year and a half before I went crazy. My first few months back felt like a total whirlwind. I was hired as the Nurse Director at a dermatological spa. I knew pretty early on that I was actually quite  miserable there so while searching for my next opportunity I systematized the training process for onboarding nurses, established policy and produced procedural manuals...which made for an amicable separation.  
Alli Merrell:
10:59
On to the next med-spa of which I was the only nurse. I was really excited about working for this company. I had shown interest in working there for a while, had introduced myself to the staff and stopped in occasionally to check on job postings. The CEO of the company had also just opened a few cryotherapy and infusion spas and I thought working for him could be really exciting. It was not exciting. It was very lame.We had the oldest and slowest technology. We had ludicrous pricing. And we had the absolute worst marketing strategy, meaning none at all. It was all wrong and I wanted to fix it. However, my proposals and projections fell on deaf ears. This was a penny pinching company, not a company interested in growing it’s business. My creativity was stifled and I was going crazy- again. It was time to start looking elsewhere.  
Alli Merrell:
10:59
So, this is the crazy part of my story. At this point I’m feeling like I hate everything about nursing. I wonder why I even became a nurse. I feel like maybe I’m just too impatient or I lack empathy or I live in a fantasy land to even consider purposeful work. I felt like there was something wrong with me. And my phone rings. It’s my awesome friend Megan. (Awesome like she learned Portugese and moved to Brazil for a couple years. Awesome like she went to help children in Africa. Awesome like she plays the drums and guitar. And she has red hair). She just happens to be a nurse too. See, awesome.Anyways, Megan tells me about this job opening in her company.A Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Educator. Something about me: My mom has Primary Progressive MS and has had it most of my life. She is now a quadraplegic, but will tell you that she’s grateful because she doesn’t suffer from pain, only numbness. She’s a wonderful woman and everyone loves her. ...So something to do with MS. I’m intrigued.   
Alli Merrell:
10:59
An MS Nurse Educator is a nurse who specializes in caring for people with MS. In my particular case, I am contracted by a pharmaceutical company to provide support to the patients taking their medications and am part of a project with a dedicated staff and large suite of services. I work from a home office and travel in my company vehicle to visit patients in their homes or at educational luncheons. A couple times a year I travel to various locations across the country for continued training and team planning. I have independence, but am part of an amazing team. I am given the opportunity to propose and lead projects. I am given the tools to grow my career and professional tool kit. It is such a great fit.  
Alli Merrell:
10:59
But I was so scared. Remember, I thought something was wrong with me? I knew I would be a perfect candidate for the position, but I worried that I would lose enthusiasm quickly as I had done so many times before. Also, I had never flown alone. I was so fearful. I wasn’t even sure I was grown up enough to work in a corporate setting. I’m a little bit silly. I’m a tad sarcastic and irreverent and not super PC. And there was a metric.crap.ton of guilt… Would being a good nurse educator make me a bad mom? But my husband encouraged me. He supported me. He rebuked all of my fears. He reminded me of my strengths. And then he asked me, “What’s the worst that can happen?” But he really made me think about it and answer truthfully. And the worst thing I could think of suddenly felt pathetic. The worst thing wasn’t what if I’m not good at it. The worst thing I could think of was what if I don’t like it? What if we as a family don’t like it?Well, I’d been there before. I knew that territory well and this new challenge began to sound more like a new adventure. And honestly, it has been. Granted, I have supportive management, the most amazing team and the kindest patients. But I have wiggled my way into this role that suits me well. I am now a MS Nurse Specialist, and Leader of Professional Development & Creative Problem Solving. And I am afforded the time to host this podcast. 
Alli Merrell:
10:59
I never expected the kind of opportunities that come with a BSN. And my story is just one example. I’ve met so many wonderful colleagues, each on their own amazing nursing adventure. Nursing school offers only a glimpse of what’s possible, because “NURSE” is a title with endless possibilities.I don’t even want to imagine what it would be like if I hadn’t fought for purposeful work.
Alli Merrell:
10:59
Nursing is the only job that allows you to have any job you want. And that is the reason for this podcast. I want you to know what is possible. I want you to know there is a right spot for you.I want you to be curious, to feed your strengths, to hone in on what makes you special. And I want you to be able to share that with the world. Can you imagine going to a job you love every day? Can you imagine how that could dramatically change patient experience? We’re going to learn about specific nursing roles and responsibilities, advantages and disadvantages, credentials and training, promotional ladders, compensation, and a whole lot more. I’m also going to share personal and professional development tools to help you excel in your current role. It’s gonna be a good time. So, subscribe to the RN Professions Podcast, follow me @RNProfessions on instagram and please join in on the conversation...We’ve got a lot to talk about.
Alli Merrell:
10:59
And if you would like to be on the podcast to share your specialty and nursing journey, we’d love to hear it. Please connect with me at ALLI@RNPROFESSIONS.COM.Thanks for tuning in!
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