We’ve Walked in Your Shoes: First-Hand Advice from EBSCO Nurses for Nurses in Training

Nursing | June 22, 2017

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Read some of the advice that EBSCO nurses have for nursing students and new practicing nurses to help them through their education and starting out in their careers this coming year.

Nurses are an integral part of EBSCO Health. The nursing content is written by a world class team of nurses with a passion for promoting evidence-based nursing practice, but content creation is just one area in which nurses function at EBSCO Health. There are nurses on the EBSCO Health sales team, customer support and training teams as well as a part of EBSCO Health leadership.

With the new school year upon us, we asked our EBSCO nurses to share some words of wisdom for nursing students and new practicing nurses to help them through their education and starting out in their careers this coming year.

Here is what our nurses had to say.

Diane S. Pravikoff, RN, PhD, FAAN is our Vice President of Research and Lead Nurse Planner for EBSCO Health. After spending 15 years in various clinical nursing and leadership positions, Diane joined Cinahl Information Systems and has spent the last 25 years focused on the areas of information literacy and nursing informatics. Diane earned her doctorate at the University of California, San Francisco, and has served as co-chair of the Nursing Informatics & Technology Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing and as Chair of the Research Committee of the Interagency Council on Information Resources for Nursing

Diane encourages students and new nurses to, “Never stop learning; always be inquisitive about why we do what we do. Take the time to think about what the evidence is to support your practice. Just because you’re told, “We’ve always done it this way!” doesn’t mean that it’s the right way. Don’t think you’re expected to know everything, but don’t be afraid to ask questions or to ask for help. Aspire to be the kind of nurse you would want if you were the patient.”

Kathy Jensen, MHA, RN serves as the Medical Client Services Manager for EBSCO Health in the US and Canada. With more than 25 year of experience in healthcare management/operations and medical information technology coupled with her clinical background in CSICU, CV Surgery and ED, Kathy is able to truly relate to and understand the work flow of the nurses and medical librarians that she trains to use our products on a daily basis.

Kathy says, “The transition from Nursing Student to Staff Nurse can seem overwhelming. At times, you’ll find yourself thinking, “did I learn anything in nursing school?” The truth is, nursing school only prepares you to pass the NCLEX. The real learning starts on your first day as a staff nurse and continues throughout your entire nursing career.”

Teresa Trammell, PNP, MHA, BSN, CCRN is a Medical Field Sales Representative at EBSCO Health. Teresa comes to EBSCO Health with multiple advanced degrees and many years of experience as both a practicing nurse and a nursing educator. She has taught at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, served as a flight nurse and has worked in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.

Teresa want new and student nurses to, “Remember to breathe - There will be days when you are overwhelmed both physically and emotionally, but never stop believing in yourself. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help or to shed a tear. Ask questions to help you solve problems and discover truths, then communicate deliberately, while learning to listen to those around you. You like your patients are human, you will touch their lives as they will touch yours. And at the end of the day know you made a difference.”

Diana Hickey, RN is also a Medical Field Sales Representative for EBSCO Health. Diana brings more than 30 years’ experience as a registered nurse to EBSCO Health with roles focused on wound care, intensive care, open heart recovery, neuro ICU and Home Care nursing. Diana is uniquely able to relate to nursing students as she is currently pursuing her Master of Nursing Education Degree at Sacred Heart University.

Diana shares, “To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can do it, strive to deliver the best possible care based on your growing experience and knowledge of scientific evidence, in spite of all you may go through; that is to be a nurse.”

Learn more about the EBSCO Nursing Resources available to aid in your education, research and practice in the link below.

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