“I’ve always been interested in the human body and how it works and my mother is a nurse, so I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a nurse,” says new nurse Amy Belanger. She’s been working as a nurse for just a year. Amy is a Registered Nurse and has certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
But Amy went one step further, and also trained to be an Emergency Medical Technical. “I mainly work as a Nurse on a medical-surgical unit in a local community hospital but also pick up shifts in the Emergency Room. I work as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Fire Department ambulance in my town,” she states. In her small town in Massachusetts, that makes her twice the hero.
But her goal wasn’t to be a hero—it was to have a great career. “As a career choice, I liked the flexibility of the job. I’ve chosen acute care nursing, but if I were to get sick of that I could easily become a school nurse, work in a nursing home, be a travel nurse, or work in home care, etc.” Nursing not only presented a highly valued and flexible career, but financial security as well. “Another factor in my decision was the decent pay,” Amy says. “I’m single and it has given me the opportunity to buy my own home and live fairly comfortably.”
But the greatest gift of nursing, of course, is the fact that Amy loves her job. “I could give you a million reasons why I love being a nurse, but I’d say the things I find most enjoyable are having the opportunity to help people who are sick feel better, or providing comfort to dying patients and their families. I meet a wide variety of people and love talking to my patients and learning about their lives,” she says.
When asked what advice she’d give to a prospective nursing student, she laughs. “I would tell a prospective nursing student that the job can be difficult and stressful but it is also very rewarding. There is a shortage of nurses in many areas and the job market is great!”