HCA 210 Week 7 CheckPoint Interview a Health Care Professional

HCA 210 Week 7 CheckPoint Interview a Health Care Professional

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CheckPoint: Interview a Health Care Professional
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Kendra Cochran has worked as a registered nurse in a local hospital for fifteen years. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and then took her state’s National Nursing Licensure Examination, the NCLEX, to obtain a license to work as a registered nurse. Her state does not allow any RN or LPN to work without a license. Kendra must renew her license every two years and, in order to be able to renew her license, must complete a total of 24 hours of continuing nurse education. Kendra works in the maternity ward of her hospital. She is a staff nurse and normally works three twelve hour shifts per week. While on the floor she is responsible for the care and assistance of mothers who have given birth. This involves helping them care for the child and teaching them how, helping them care for any stitches or staples that may have been used on
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Unformatted text preview: them after a C-section or a vaginal cut, and she also helps diagnose and treat any infections or other problems that may occur. Often, she says she helps mothers lose their fear of caring for their newborns and tries to help detect any early warning signs of post-partum depression. A nurse’s role is to support doctors and provide care to patients. It is often not a glamorous job, but it is rewarding. Nurses must follow not only hospital procedures but also adhere to doctor’s instructions and make sure patient’s are comfortable, properly medicated, eating and otherwise doing well. They often need to care for the whole person, not just their symptoms or illnesses. In many ways nurses act as the backbone of a hospital because they conduct all of the support work needed to help patients heal and balance patient, hospital, and doctor demands....
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HCA 210 Week 7 CheckPoint Interview a Health Care Professional

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