Why Choose Scottsdale Healthcare?
You know I think I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl. Nothing that I can really pin point why, I just knew that’s what I wanted to do. It is a wonderful field to be in because you can always find a job. There are so many different opportunities. There’s so many different departments for one thing. So if you don’t like Med Surg. nursing you can try the ED or Endo. There’s just limitless opportunities for nurses. It’s intellectually always challenging. There’s new machines that come out. There’s new computer charting that happens. There’s always something changing. You’re on your feet 12 hours a day and you don’t really sit. You sit to chart. But you are on your feet and moving for most of the 12 hour shift. I think most of our students, they know what they want. They’re very excited to be here but I think some might be fooled by how hard it is. Many of them maybe they do come just because they can get a job and they can make money. Those people weed out pretty quickly. The feeling like I can make a difference in someone’s life, that’s what’s most important to me.
Well I was in high school and we had a neighborhood pharmacy that everybody went to. That was the congregating point and at one point I decided to meet the pharmacist and he invited me back to his work station and he allowed me to watch what he was doing. From then I was hooked. Everybody who walked in, he knew their name. And people who would walk in the pharmacy who had a question and wanted to talk to him, they would wait an hour for him. Just to talk to him. He was like their best friend. I thought, that matches my personality. I want to be like him. I went through six years of pharmacy school. After that I did a one year pharmacy residency program and that allowed me to get in a management position. Our job is to get everything right 100 percent of the time. We will decide if the right drug is for the right patient for the right disease stage and also for your body. If you’re only 90 pounds the drug may be right but we have to adjust it according to your weight. I have worked in community pharmacies. I’ve worked in hospital pharmacies. I worked in a poison control center. You’ll notice that pharmacists are accessible to about everybody. You don’t need an appointment to see a pharmacist. So we are there to provide information but also to be their first point of contact. Try to find someone you can buddy up with and listen to them. There’s drawbacks for every profession. There’s positives for professions but the more you know going into the profession, the better off you’ll be.
I am a physical therapist at Scottsdale Healthcare. My job title is Clinical Specialist. I thought that I wanted to be an Orthopedic Surgeon but I felt like they see forty patients for five minutes a day and I wanted to see more like eight patients for an hour a day. So I really can see their improvement. Get to know them. Get to see the impact that I get to make on their lives. You have to volunteer your time 150 hours at least in this field so in the process of volunteering I knew that it was something that I really wanted to pursue. And over my college career I ended up spending about 2000 hours as a technician in the area and at that point obviously going into school I had a lot of experience in the field and I knew it was just something I wanted to pursue and be great at. It isn’t easy and anybody who is going into the field I would say, yeah, you have to dedicate yourself. It’s a competitive area. Most programs now are a doctorate so you’re going to end up going to school a total of about seven to eight years. So there is a commitment. But for anybody that’s young, and trying to get in to the field, I would say, you know, if you have a desire to work with people and really feel like you’re making an impact in their lives. You know the seven or eight years you’re in school is really just a blink of an eye. You know that commitment is so short in comparison to the career that you’re going to have. There really isn’t a day where, unless I’ve felt ill, that I haven’t wanted to come to work.
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