Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What’s it like to be a….Registered Nurse?

My job title is: Registered Nurse
My actual position is: Acute Care Staff Nurse on a medical-surgical orthopedic floor

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?

A typical day for me actually starts at around 7pm.  When the new shift comes on, we receive ‘report’ from the previous shift.  This lets us know more about the patients than we can find out by just looking at their charts.  After report, we assess each patient and pass out any evening medications they might need.  We also help them get ready for bed, which can mean helping them wash their back or face and brushing their teeth.  With a little bit of luck most of them will be able to get some sleep, but the rest of the night consists of rounding on each patient at least every hour, re-assessing at midnight, and passing morning medications starting around 5am.  Nurses are the “eyes and ears” of the doctor, so if we catch something going wrong with a patient or if we need to have a medication changed, we have to page the doctor in the middle of the night and inform them and then take and implement any new orders they may give.  I usually leave around 7:30am.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 11/25 at 10:37 AM
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What’s it like to be a….Lab Coordinator?

My job title is: Laboratory Coordinator
My actual position: Glorified Lab Assistant/Facilities Manager

What does a normal day look like?  Is it consistent throughout the year?  If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed? 
On a normal day I start about a half hour before the rest of the lab gets in and my day doesn’t end until about a half hour after everyone else leaves.  During much of it, I am at the desk answering emails, scheduling and maintaining calendars, and calling vendors to either fix equipment or handle delivery problems. But a good portion also includes assisting the department with personnel problems.
It is consistent throughout the year for the most part.  When my laboratory started, we didn’t have any divisions like Human Resources or Finance Administration, or even IT.  I was the person people talked to for problems in these areas.  As we’ve grown, we’ve hired more and more experts in these fields.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 11/19 at 04:21 PM
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What’s it like to be a….social worker?

My job title is: Outreach and Assessment Coordinator

My actual position: I’m in a social work agency, where I chair the department responsible for the intake of clients.

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
Most days look about the same, although there are always surprises. Our agency operates in people’s homes, so there’s a lot of driving, and then when I get back to the office, there’s a lot of paperwork. I also supervise three other people, so each day involves some time spent with them reviewing their work. The busiest time for me is the end of the month when I have to submit data about our monthly activities to the state. Our agency is funded by the state of New York, so I have to prove to them that we’re accomplishing enough to merit the money. This involves a lot of paperwork.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 11/19 at 04:13 PM
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What’s it like to be a…Senior Art Director?

My job title is: Senior Art Director
My actual position is: senior art director, graphic designer, photo/video director, copywriter, strategic consultant, product designer, event promotions, illustrator, teacher, public speaker, etc

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?

A typical day starts with a check-in with our production “traffic” coordinator to find out what projects are hot and if there’s anything that’s changed that I need to be aware of. Then, check emails, open up design programs on my Mac and start working the projects. That could mean brainstorming with a group or alone, researching, idea generating, creating sketches or designs, updating designs, making changes the client’s requested, printing copies and making prototypes, working with a copywriter, going on a photoshoot, traveling to meet with a client, presenting creative ideas or designs to a client, or sending something to be published.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 11/18 at 05:19 PM
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What’s it like to be a….Business and Estate Planning Attorney?

What does a normal day look like?
I usually arrive at the office between 7:30 and 8 am. Unless I have early appointments, I spend the first hour or so of each day reading e-mails and other information that has arrived from other sources. There are a few websites—one on tax law, for example—that I visit during this time each day to get caught up on any changes in the law. I rarely go out for lunch; I grab some fruit and a snack or two at my desk toward noontime. I try to leave the office by 5 pm; evenings are family time whenever possible. In between, I attend to client tasks: preparing wills and other documents for folks who need estate planning work, reviewing contracts for folks who need business work, and communicating with clients by phone and e-mail about such things. Some days I will work with people who need help setting up corporations or limited liability companies; other days will bring the drafting or revision of business acquisition or real estate purchase agreements.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 11/18 at 05:15 PM
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What’s it like to be a….financial advisor?

My job title is: Financial Advisor
My actual position is:  Most people would refer to my job as a “Stock Broker” but because it includes much more than merely stocks, “Financial Advisor” is a more appropriate title.

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
In a typical day I arrive in my office before the stock or bond markets open and begin by game planning my day.  As in most jobs, a clear plan of which goals to accomplish on a particular day keep me focused on the tasks at hand.  Once I have a plan of action for the day, I generally read about the happenings of the stock market and the general news.  I do not read about the news and the markets for merely enjoyment but so that I am continually educated and ready to help lead my clients with current pertinent information.  Keeping an eye on the ever changing news is also important throughout the day.  Typical tasks for any given day include phone calls to and meetings with both current and prospective clients to jointly find clarity in their investment paths.  Prior to every phone call or appointment I review the client’s account so that I feel more fully prepared to answer their questions or concerns.  It is also good to remind myself prior to every discussion that is important to understand that the investments being discussed are my client’s assets, and it is their wishes and desires that must be followed, not my intentions.  Another task to have on my to-do list is to look to the future to continually add new clients and assets to my book of business.  Over the past few years I have improved the efficiencies of what is accomplished, but the standard practice remains the same.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 11/11 at 10:50 AM
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Monday, November 03, 2008

What’s it like to be a….Registered Dietitian?

My job title is: Registered Dietitian (RD)
My actual position is: Coordinator of Corporate Wellness & Sustainability

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?

My position as a Registered Dietitian for a food service management company is somewhat unique.  I travel to around the country and provide nutrition education, menu, sanitation, and sustainability planning for my company’s accounts.  My position has changed quite a bit since I took it six years ago.  As environmental concerns have gained attention, many companies were called to action, including mine.  I became the coordinator of our sustainability program, which was a big challenge as this wasn’t exactly part of the curriculum when I attended school.  I’ve learned that the environment and nutrition are even more intrinsically linked than I originally thought and that has greatly influenced how I look at food and nutrition.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 11/03 at 11:15 AM
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What’s it like to be an….ELS Instructor/Academic Counselor?

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed? 
I’ve only been in this job for two months – and I’m loving it!  I teach an English class that is specifically designed for international students so we talk about American academic culture, culture shock, and how to juxtapose home cultures with school cultures.  This class meets three times a week for one hour.  The rest of my time is spent meeting with students who are on academic probation, advising my English students, and designing my next lesson.  Each day is different.  This job is only a ½ time job, but I spend most of my day at work creating and developing ideas.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 11/03 at 11:10 AM
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