Name: Jennifer Sloan
Company: Franciscan Health Lafayette
Position: RN, Clinical Resource Nurse for the ED
Graduation Year: 2013
Hometown: Lafayette, Indiana
WHY DID YOU BECOME A NURSE?
After I finished my business degree, I was employed by a private practice as an office manager for about five years. During that time, I became a Spanish interpreter in the back office and really began to enjoy the patient care side of the business. The doctor I was working under recognized my knowledge for the industry and encouraged me to go back to school.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ST. ELIZABETH SCHOOL OF NURSING?
My mother-in-law graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, as well as many of my friends, so I had heard great things about the school - but the biggest factor was the opportunity to receive my bachelor’s degree.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST MEMORY FROM NURSING SCHOOL?
Graduation day is my best memory for two reasons: One, because I had my third child while in nursing school and was able to go to school and raise my family at the same time. Two, because when I first started at St. Elizabeth, I found out that my dad had cancer. Even through that, I pushed myself to finish on time and my father was able to watch me graduate only a few months before he passed.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW NURSE?
My best advice to new nurses is to be open to all opportunities and to all that nursing has to offer because you don’t know what you like until you try it. You don’t know all that is out there until you explore the field.
HOW DID ST. ELIZABETH SCHOOL OF NURSING PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR CAREER?
The opportunities they provided me with like starting clinicals early on and getting hands-on experiences were really valuable to me. Those experiences made me more comfortable in hospital settings once I graduated.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB IN THE FIELD AFTER YOU COMPLETED YOUR DEGREE?
I was a nurse in the ER. My last rotation was in the ER in school. I really enjoyed it and I was thrilled to be hired on after graduation.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR CURRENT POSITION?
I have a lot of flexibility and I get to work with all the different shifts and all the different departments in the hospital on improvements, patient outcomes and staff satisfaction.
WHAT IS THE TOUGHEST PART ABOUT BEING A NURSE?
The most difficult part is when you’ve done all you can, but it doesn’t change the patient’s outcome. That’s hard. Losing a patient is always difficult.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT WORK?
Well, I have three kids so they keep me busy with year-round dance, football, t-ball and gymnastics. But when we do have free time, we like to travel and spend time outdoors camping, kayaking, cooking out and making s’mores.