YON 2020 Day 323: Kara Prater, RN, BSN, SANE-A trained; and David Prater, RB, BSN

This husband and wife duo explains their individual responsibilities in their respective nursing roles. Then Kara Prater, RN, BSN, SANE-A trained, and David Prater, RN, BSN, join together to share their insights for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a nurse.

Kara Prater

I work in the Invasive Heart Lab. In working in this area, I am trained to circulate, scrub, and record diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations. Working in the Invasive Heart Lab entails monitoring the patient throughout the procedure, assisting the cardiologist during the procedure in knowing what wires or catheters are being used, and recording the procedure while paying close attention to the patient’s hemodynamic pressures inside of the heart. I am also a charge nurse in the Invasive Heart Lab, which entails scheduling procedures and running the room assignments for the day.

Dave Prater

I travel as a medical/ surgical nurse, so my role can change depending on the day. As a medical/ surgical nurse, I care for patients who have had surgery, but also float to floors that take care of telemetry and stroke patients. Patient assignment can range from 2-6 patients per nurse, so having strong time management skills is critical.

Joint advice

In pursuing a nursing career, you are choosing to make a difference in another person’s life. Going to nursing school is a very challenging task especially if you have other responsibilities as a parent or someone who is currently working, but it is worth it. All the struggles that you may face really help to shape you into the nurse you were meant to become. With that being said, stay strong and know that you will make a difference in helping others!

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