By Nicole Artime
The hospital is hustling and bustling with nurses and doctors rushing to their patients’ bedsides, making sure their patients are comfortable, healthy, and as happy as can be. I finally find whom I’ll be interviewing for the next half hour or so –my mom. My mom, Martha, has a break right now, so I’m free to ask her what it’s like to be an RN (Registered Nurse) in the Pre-op section of the Memorial Hospital she works at.
Would you like to properly introduce yourself?
-I’m Martha; I work at Memorial as an RN in Pre-Op.
How long have you been a nurse?
-Almost 18 years.
When you went to school, did you ever doubt yourself because of your gender?
-I think at the time I went to school, woman were just beginning to become comfortable getting jobs and becoming nurses. Also, nursing kind of has a female bias to it, if you will. So I never really felt inferior while in nursing school, but my pre-requisites were a little rough with all of the young men who were studying for doctorate positions.
What is your favorite thing about nursing?
-I enjoy being able to help the people who live in my community. I also enjoy solving problems and being able to help people feel better.
Do you have any advice for girls who want to go into the medical field when they are older?
-For girls who want to be in the medical field when they grow up, I would tell them that you’re smarter than you may believe. Study, study, study! Don’t allow anyone to bring you down and always keep your chin up. When you’re actually working, don’t be afraid – you did the schooling and you know the information you need to know; you’re going to do great.
Before I can get to my next questions, a nurse asking my mom to translate for her interrupts us. My mom shoots me an apologetic look before wrapping her stethoscope around her neck and going back to business.