Jodi Guzman, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CHSE, is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist at University Hospitals. Her role combines Guzman's love for nursing and education. In her Year of the Nurse, Guzman offers good advice for all nurses when interacting with new graduates.
My calling for nursing started after my aunt had a stroke. During nursing school, education sparked my interest, and working as a nurse educator combines the best of both areas! After obtaining my BSN from Cleveland State University, I went on to earn my MSN in nursing education. I began my nursing career on a medical-surgical telemetry floor at St. John Medical Center. My experience in education varies from working with undergraduate students to nurses in the hospital and now at the system level.
One of my most memorable experiences as an educator was when I was assigned to work with a student who had been referred to the lab by his clinical instructor. After spending some time with him, it became apparent that he just needed a little more support and encouragement, which is to be expected for a new nursing student. I received multiple thank you letters from him, and he shared that he was doing great and had obtained a job in the hospital. I remember thinking that he had no idea how much he had inspired me! Doing what I love and being able to have such an impact is a humbling experience.
Sometimes it is easy to forget what it is like being new to nursing, but it is so important to hold on to a little bit of that new nurse feeling. We were all new once and anxious or unsure about calling a doctor for the first time or performing a new procedure. Remembering that feeling can remind us to provide a little more patience and compassion to those we are teaching. Sometimes that is all someone needs to be successful.
For those interested in nursing, find your passion and run with it. There is no limit to what you can achieve when you set your mind to it.