Currently, Laura Brison, RN, PMHNP-BC, MSN, VOED, MAT, works part time as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and full time as an educator, teaching BSN students. She shares her views on the opportunities available in the profession of nursing and relates an experience with a client she was able to help.
Since receiving my BSN, I have changed my educational level many times, seeking additional education because my interests changed as my life unfolded. I went to school on a full-time basis, while pursuing my BSN. My additional credentials were all achieved while I was married, working full time, and raising a family.
I would tell a person interested in nursing that this profession is very diverse and offers many opportunities. Achieving a bachelor’s degree and taking some continuing education, allows a nurse to specialize in a field that is even more specific. Continued education affords employment in management, business, research, education and other areas. As a young student, it is difficult to decide on a field to enter in your professional career; nursing allows one to move into various fields of nursing with just a baccalaureate degree. Adding a master’s degree allows one to change the focus of their career, yet remain in the field of nursing.
Recently, I interacted with a client who was socially isolated, experiencing a 50 percent decrease in monthly income due to COVID, and living with three children in a small home. A family member had been recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, and one of her children had a run in with the law. She was experiencing poor sleep, poor appetite, and difficulty with concentration. She was stressed! By listening to this client, and encouraging her to express and validate her feelings, I could problem solve with client, bring calmness, and develop a plan that focused on the future--not just dealing with the here and now.