Shelley Smith, RN, Registered Nurse with Bayonne Medical Center: Emergency Room

Get to know Registered Nurse Shelley Smith, who serves patients in Bayonne, New Jersey.

Shelley is a registered nurse who is currently serving patients at Bayonne Medical Center: Emergency Room – a 278-bed hospital in Bayonne, New Jersey. Founded in 1888, Bayonne Medical Center: Emergency Room is a part of CarePoint Health whose mission is “treating with compassion and leading with innovation, we improve the health of the communities we serve.” Bayonne Medical Center is affiliated with Hoboken University Medical Center and Christ Hospital, which are also operated by the for-profit organization Hudson Hospital Opco.

Shelley also serves as a recreational therapist at a nursing home. Recreational therapists help people reduce depression, stress, and anxiety; recover basic physical and mental abilities; build confidence; and socialize effectively. They use interventions, such as arts and crafts, dance or sports, to help their patients.

Shelley had always wanted to work in the medical field. At first, she did not want to become a nurse since everyone in her family was a nurse. However, after taking care of her father, Shelley realized the inevitable – she was meant to be a nurse. She attributes her success to having great mentors and preceptors, always wanting to help people, and being a natural caregiver. 

In 2016, Shelley attended JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder Schools in Plainfield, New Jersey. She then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Kaden University. Shelley is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

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 the 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 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. 

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