An alumnus of Kent State University’s School of Nursing, Joel Hukill, BSN, RN, CEN, PHTLS, is certified in Emergency Nursing and Prehospital Trauma Life Support. Joel is continuing his education at Kent and is currently a student in the nurse practitioner program. He writes about the importance of learning each day.
Currently I work in Cardiovascular Intensive Care at Summa Health. I have a background in emergency medicine and flight medicine. Nursing has become my passion and I am proud to serve those who need us.
I am able to exhibit leadership skills in my clinical practice as I am one of the most experienced nurses working night shift. My experiences and time spent taking care of critical patients allows me to help those who are new to the world of nursing. I am always encouraging my co-workers to ask for help when needed; I do the same when I am unsure of something. I feel that being available and open with those who have less experience encourages them to ask questions and understand. We all can learn together. There are always new things to learn no matter regardless of a person’s experience level.
What learning experiences changed my practice? My time spent as a Flight Nurse allowed me to work with a great deal of autonomy. This required that I have the knowledge and skills needed to provide the best possible care to my patients. Working in rural Alaska, we were often the highest level of care available until we arrived at a tertiary care center. The education I received and the skill set I developed have allowed me to practice with greater knowledge and a better understanding of the interventions I am providing to my patients.