May 8, 2018
I absolutely love Nurses Week because it is a time for nurses, in all roles, to be recognized for the hard work they do and the hard work it took them to become a nurse in the first place. I went into college with no idea what I wanted to do when I finished. I literally chose my first degree because most of the classes were in the same building as the gym and near my dorm, therefore, wouldn’t require me to go outside in the cold much during winter to get to class.
As I was finishing my first degree, I started working at a long-term care facility in Gunnison, Colorado. I used to clock out and just stay at work to spend time with the residents—I loved that job. I loved knowing that I could make the residents’ days exciting and ensure they weren’t lonely. I loved learning small facts about them to make sure they had their favorite dessert on their birthday, or had a chance to go visit a location that made them happy if they were feeling down. Working there and having these experiences while I was getting ready to graduate from college made me realize that I wanted to work in healthcare so I could continue helping others. I thought it was such an amazing thing to be able to lighten someone’s day during a time that could otherwise be incredibly stressful, painful, and sad. I decided nursing would allow me to have more opportunities to help others and would also provide a wide range of career options.
I completed a second-degree program where I earned my BSN. While I was in school I decided that I wanted to work in an emergency department because it allowed me to help others while also providing a constantly changing, exciting, and unpredictable environment where I would never be bored. As a new graduate nurse, I moved to a new city and had to first get experience before I could work in an emergency/trauma setting. After about two years I had gotten that experience and worked my way into the emergency department. I loved my position there. I had the most amazing co-workers, each day was new and different, and I loved the patients I got to care for.
I have now worked for Infor for three years and while I’m no longer in the traditional hospital setting I always envisioned myself spending my career in, I couldn’t be happier. I get to be involved first hand in the way technology is helping shape and advance the world of healthcare.
People always ask if I miss patient care or miss helping people. I do, at times, miss the actual act of caring for a patient from both an emotional and medical perspective. However, I believe with my current role I can help even more people. I have been blessed to find a company that is committed to meeting the unique needs that organizations and staff face in healthcare, and while I may not be directly providing patient care, I am helping ensure that nurses like myself have the tools and time they need to provide the best care possible.
-Brianna Zink, RN, BSN, Account Manager