Get to know Registered Nurse, Margaret June Smith, who lives in Georgia.
Margaret, a registered nurse, is currently working as a travel nurse with FlexCare Medical Staffing.
Her responsibilities include: establishing, protecting, identifying, collaborating, contributing, ensuring, providing, documenting, monitoring, maintaining, adhering, assuring, and resolving the delivering of holistic nursing care to all patients with respect, dignity, and compassion; utilizing clinical skills, bedside manner, infection control, and physiological knowledge; administering medication; working as part of a medical team; multitasking; as well as listening and verbally communicating for health promotion and maintenance.
Travel nurses fill in during shortages at hospitals and facilities, assisting the facility’s permanent workers with high caseloads or when other employees are on vacation, maternity leaves, leaves of absence or during seasonal fluctuations such as flu season. Healthcare facilities across the country trust agencies like FlexCare Medical Staffing, the leading travel nurse company in the nation, to help fulfill these critical staffing needs.
Margaret was inspired to choose a career in nursing by her wonderful high school teacher, Mamie Hammock, who was a nurse and taught a health vocational class. “She was amazing and taught us as if we were going into the nursing field. The field of nursing, as she taught, was empowering, a continuum of learning, and a person could in fact make a difference in others lives.”
Pertaining to her nursing background, Margaret worked for a retail giant, gaining six years of experience with four years as a pharmacy technician, and earning her certification as a CphT. While in nursing school at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, she continued to work in the pharmacy setting, having moved up into a hospital environment pharmacy at Redmond Regional Medical Center/Cartersville Medical Center, both HCA facilities.
As a new graduate nurse in 2015, she began her nursing career at Hamilton Medical Center in the Renal/Oncology Department. She then moved on to Kindred of Rome, a long-term acute care facility that specialized in a variety of specialties, including vent weaning and wound care, both minimal and extensive. With the opportunity to return to Redmond Regional Medical Center, this time as a nurse, Margaret did just that and further grew her career in the orthopedics/neurology area. She had the opportunity to work in additional patient care areas as needed and she did just that in order to help build her knowledge base and experience.
“I left the staff nursing scene to continue my growth in my career in travel nursing assignments to build on nursing opportunities and further contribute to my education.As a travel nurse, I have gained/added to experience in areas to include orthopedics, neurology, gastroenterology, Covid, medical-surgical nursing, Ltac, wound care, step down, and telemetry. I have been to different states and hospital settings, and have embraced different cultures, nursing techniques, and practices” expressed Margaret.
Expanding her learning base, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Chamberlain University College of Nursing in 2020. In addition to holding certifications in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS), she is a Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN).
A firm believer that motivation takes on many forms, Margaret is motivated by the more complex wounds to the unusual syndromes unlearned or never encountered, never letting her teammates down or herself, as well as learning as much as she can each day, each shift, and with each patient. Her research interests include: wound care and GI quality improvement.
Being an advocate for her patients is how Margaret strives to make a difference in their lives. She believes that sometimes, patients need someone else on their side who can be their voice when no one else can. “I am passionate about what I do and I am always looking out for my patients and their safety, best care, and best interest. Every situation is different and the NURSE is oftentimes the only person the patient has, making sure the patient is, in fact, FIRST.”
A Registered Nurse (RN) is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program and met the requirements outlined by a country, state, province or similar licensing body to obtain a nursing license. RNs fulfill a variety of job duties. In addition to their primary role in treating and caring for patients, their responsibilities also include educating patients and the public about a variety of medical conditions, as well as providing emotional support and advice to the families of their patients. Other RN job functions include leadership, research, performing diagnostic tests and analyzing results, operating medical equipment, administering medications, recording patients’ symptoms and medical histories, and assisting with patient rehabilitation and follow-up.
Attributing her success to having a fantastic support system, her family, Margaret is grateful to them. Her husband and children have supported her from her academic studies to her professional career, never letting her give up or give in. She also credits Professor Ose Martinez, who inspired her, and Ms. Valerie Sullins-Vanmeter, who showed her that despite all the negatives thrown her way, she can still succeed.
Learn More About Margaret June Smith:
Through her online profile, https://todaysnurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4146990/info/