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What I've learned

“It is very important to arrive at work on time in order to relieve a weary co-worker.” — Kathy Pierce, Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing


“Nursing school is a guide, but it is not reality, I’ve learned I shouldn’t strive to be ‘super nurse’. Also, take care of your back and legs while you’re young and take care of yourself before other people.” — Pamela Ashcraft, UCA School of Nursing.


“There are a lot of things that you do not know and cannot learn until you experience them. Do not be afraid to admit that you do not know the answer. Ask lots of questions. Your first few jobs will teach you a lot, soak it up.” — Lizz Garbett, YouthHome.


“Keep in mind that everyone started as a new nurse. Even the most seasoned and intimidating nurse had a first day, remember this.”  — Jessica Rouse, Rivendell


“Being a veteran nurse, I wish someone had told me how much nursing would get under my skin and become a way of life and not just a job. I wish they had told me how much I would laugh and cry with my patients.” — Janet Smith, National Park College


“I wish someone had told me about work-life balance. When you are young and eager to please, it is easy to think you cannot say ‘No’ when asked to stay over and work a second shift or give up your weekend off because someone is sick. Sometimes saying ‘No’ is the healthy choice for everyone involved.” — Brinda McKinney, Arkansas State, Jonesboro


“Patients are not always able to tell you what is wrong.  Sometimes you have to read the room, body language and what they are not saying to find out something serious is about to happen.”

— Moniqueca Christensen, RN, BSN, UAMS Urology Clinic 


“I wish that I would have known in high school what a wonderful, diverse career nursing is. I originally thought that I would become a veterinarian or teacher and accidently stumbled upon nursing a few years after high school. It was the best ‘accident’ of my life.” — Christina Davis, RN, BSN, CMSRN, UAMS Clinical Service Manager, Surgical Specialties Inpatient 


“You can never plan your day. Every day is an adventure.” — Lonnie Bradley, LPN, Internal Medicine UAMS North Clinic 


“RN doesn’t mean Super Hero. To safely and efficiently take care of our patients, you have to develop a working team relationship with your co-workers whether a nursing assistant, student nurse or someone else.”  — Devin Terry, RN, MNSc, ACNS-BC, UAMS Ambulatory Clinics - Advanced Practice Partner 


“In the beginning of your career you can expect many difficult days. Find a mentor or a nurse you respect and can relate to, so on those difficult days you have someone you can share your day with and in return they will share their experiences with you.” — Amanda Frost, RN, BSN, CEN, UAMS Emergency Department


“Nursing is always a learning experience; there is something new to learn every day. There will be stressful days and there will be good days, but the good days always outweigh the bad and it is very rewarding.” — Morgan Colclasure, RN, BSN, H6, UAMS Medical Inpatient   


“You learn the hard way by leading yourself to believe that what happens to patients can never happen to you or your family. You think you are immune but when reality hits, you are just as vulnerable.” — Souraya Irani, RN, BSN, UAMS Myeloma Clinic  

Nursing Notes

“I think the different generations could work to share different communications styles with each other. As a member of the Baby Boomers generation, I prefer to communicate in person, whereas many Millennials would rather communicate electronically. In any workplace, being on the same page is incredibly important and without good communication with each other it can be nearly impossible.”


Floyd Eddie Carter Nurse Recruiter, Arkansas DHS
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