The purpose of this interview paper will be to evaluate what it takes to be a registered nurse as well as the nursing roles that nurses with master’s degrees engage in on daily basis. In this regard, my interviewee has a master’s degree and she is a certified nurse midwife. In addition, she works at a local hospital that has a bed capacity of thirty beds for pregnant women. I chose this person because I had met her before during my internship at a local district hospital where she worked as a nurse. During that time, I found the person in question to be a highly qualified nurse and admired her career based on what she was doing.
Prior to becoming a registered nurse, my interviewee told me that her passion in nursing started way back in high school where she studied chemistry and biology. Later on, she joined a local college for a diploma in nursing before proceeding to university to advance her education. From the interview, I learned that my interviewee practiced nursing for two years at a local hospital before joining Utah University for her degree in nursing. After graduating from Utah University with a degree in nursing, my interviewee became a nurse at one of the district hospitals in Arizona. At this time, she had been registered as a nurse by the American nurses association (Temple, 2012). She later pursued her master’s degree in nurse-midwifery and registered as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).
For her bachelor’s degree in nursing, my interviewee went to the college of nursing, University of Utah. From this institution, she laid a firm foundation in nursing by studying the basic courses in nursing. Later on, my interviewee acquired her master’s degree in nurse midwifery from Frontier Nursing University. Before joining this institution, my interviewee told me that she had to convince this institution that she had passed well in her bachelor’s degree. However, she did not struggle much because her former institution is an accredited institution for offering nursing courses (Snow, 2011). When I asked her why she chose to go to another university rather than master her degree at the former institution, she told me that she preferred a different institution to enhance her qualifications in nursing.
Presently, my interviewee is a certified nurse midwife at a local hospital in Arizona. The said person provides health care services to women before and after they give birth. She also takes care of newborn babies (Buerhaus, Staiger, & Auerbach, 2009).
Pearls of wisdom
From the interview I had with my interviewee, I learned a number of things about APRNs. First, I learned that these people have at least master’s or doctorate degrees in nursing. Second, I learned that there are certain bodies that register and regulate these people. Third, I learned that one has to study at accredited universities before registering as a nurse at this level (Masters, 2014). In terms of special information about my interviewee, I learned that she has studied hard to become what she is and that she has followed everything as required by the nursing bodies that register nurses in USA.
In conclusion, I have learned that graduate education is instrumental in nursing and that one has to acquire it from accredited institutions. I have also learned that one has to have the right attitude towards graduate education to succeed in nursing profession. Above all, I have learned that relevant knowledge and skills are instrumental in nursing. I consider my interviewee to be an instrumental person in shaping my nursing career because she has clarified what I should look for from my graduate education.
Buerhaus, P., Staiger, D., & Auerbach, D. (2009). The future of the nursing workforce in the United States: Data, trends, and implications. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Masters, K. (2014). Role development in professional nursing practice. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Snow, S. (2011). Get into nursing & midwifery. London: Pearson.
Temple, J. (2012). Becoming a registered nurse: Making the transition to practice. Thousand Oks, Calif: Sage.