Many thanks to Jasmine Wong for taking some time out of her day to talk to us! Her passion for nursing was evident throughout her presentation and inspiring for all the participants.
After showing us a video about her reasons for joining the nursing profession, she talked about her experience in the University of California Los Angeles nursing program, where she graduated in 2020. Wong walked participants through her career path, and how she got to her current job as a registered nurse at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Critical Care Float Team.
Jasmine described how nursing is often described as both an art and science; as it combines the fundamental respect for human dignity and expertise in the health care journey. The art of nursing encompasses skills such as holistic care, compassion, support, effective communication, and being the keeper of morality, honesty, and ethics of patient care. The science of nursing means that nurses are skilled and knowledgeable, critical thinkers, professionals, always learning from evidence-based research, and degree qualified.
Additionally, there are many different types of nurses, with different levels of nursing degrees that one can acquire. For example, advanced practice registered nurses can prescribe and diagnose patients while licensed practical nurses cannot.
Jasmine walked participants through the nursing process beginning with assessment, then the diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. She then told us about some of the benefits of nursing, such as being a trusted profession with a rewarding career and job security, along with some challenges such as having burnout and a constant need for problem-solving.
Finally, she talked about outcomes for nursing graduates and pathways to getting into the nursing profession before answering questions for participants.
If you would like to watch her full talk, please watch the video below!