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YON 2020 Day 138: Edwin Pouncival Smith, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNEcl, CEHRS, RMA

Currently a Nurse Educator with Ursuline College, Edwin Pouncival Smith, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNEcl, CEHRS, RMA, serves as the Health Assessment course coordinator in the BSN program. He is seeking a DNP at Northcentral University and looking forward to a new position. He offers advice to other nurses about the essence of nursing..

I have been a nurse for over 4 years and also have over 8 years of allied health teaching experience to adult learners. My nursing background is in critical care nursing and I have practiced nursing at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in the Medical ICU for my entire nursing career. Earning certifications in both adult critical care nursing and clinical nursing education is a point of pride. In May 2020, I will transition from my role as a fulltime educator at Ursuline to a new role as the Clinical Nurse Manager for critical care at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, I am currently a School of Health Sciences Doctoral Scholar, pursing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a focus in Executive Leadership from Northcentral University.

If I had to offer advice to other nurses I would say, know your worth and know that you can do anything that you set your mind to. Try to avoid making excuses for not doing something, and just go out there and do it! Times will be rough, but we all can get through them. Make sure that you have a support system that will cheer you on because this will be key in your success. You make the call! Make sure that you are in nursing for the right reasons, which are to provide a caring service to those individuals in need! You must not judge others. Our jobs as nurses require us to support every individual with whom we cross paths, and we must encourage and provide the path for those individuals to get back to optimal health. Nursing is a service of caring and we need to do just that, CARE!

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