Nurse Jenny Interviewed By - HoodieTalk
A while back I was approached by Sree Nair from HireHood.
HireHood is a platform that enables Professionals to connect instantly with employers / Recruiters. Through their portal they enable Quality Healthcare professionals to find their dream job and connect with employers or recruiters.
Sree also runs a talk show called "Hoodietalk" where he interviews various professionals in the healthcare field.
I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of it so of course, I said yes!
Sree was asking me questions about how I got into Nursing, what practical tips I have for Nurses who want to follow in my path, and what challenges I faced when I first started Nursing.
Here’s how our interview went:
Nurse Jenny: Hi Sree and hi everyone! Thank you so much for having me in your Hoodietalk. My name is Jenny, I am a Swedish nurse but I am living and working in Sydney Australia in a medical-surgical ward, which I love. I have a passion for education and helping out new nurses in the field. I am a blogger and I have a Youtube channel and I also have my own company called Bjorn Hall where I sell stethoscopes.
Sree Nair: It’s amazing, Jenny I would like to know, what did motivate you to choose this path?
Nurse Jenny: So, my nursing journey started in Stockholm, Sweden when I was eighteen years old and I began working in a nursing home. Now, I didn’t know before I was working in a nursing home that I would like it but I soon found out that I quite enjoyed helping other people and it gives me great satisfaction and I was also pretty good at it so I just fell into that path and when it was time to start thinking about further education, there was no doubt that I would become a registered nurse.
Sree Nair: Wow, amazing. What are the difficulties you faced when you started your journey?
Nurse Jenny: So, some of the difficulties I faced was that I met my husband in Sweden, it would have been great if he was Swedish, but he’s not. He’s Australian, so the other side of the world. I had to start studying so we had to toss up to living either in Sweden or Australia, anyway, we started working away in moving to Australia and I started studying for my RN in Australia. The difficulties I faced were, getting a visa and having to do the English testing, and also studying in English, my second language so they were just a few of the difficulties I faced before I got to Nursing school. And the Nursing school began, which you know, everyone knows, is not easy. If it was, everyone would do it, but it was something I worked really hard at, and by the end I did get my degree and I graduated with distinction.
It’s good to know your difficulties when you chose your path. Would you explain to our viewers what are the practical tips they would take when they actually follow your path?
When it comes to nursing, one of the things I always say you should, if you can, work in the field before you start nursing school. So, work in a nursing home or in a hospital as a nurse aide before you start nursing school just to get the basic knowledge and the feel for what actually it is you’re gonna be doing when you’re a nurse. You know you find out if you like it or not if you’re good at it or not. It’s a great thing to do and you’ll feel so much more confident once you start nursing school.
Then when it comes to nursing school, I would say don’t come in completely blind, do some research, know that studying for nursing school takes a lot of your time it shouldn’t come as a surprise. And a lot of the time the reason people fail is that they haven’t actually applied themselves enough so, you know, join Nursing groups on Facebook, make study groups, plan ahead, set goals, and just keep the end goal in mind at all times and you will be fine.
When it comes to nursing entrepreneurship, if you have the entrepreneurial bug as I do, when I started my company Bjorn Hall and designed a stethoscope that is perfect for nurses, I had a lot of people around me who would doubt me, question me, saying “why are you doing this? You’re a nurse” that sort of things, that make me doubt myself, but with my number one fan, who is my husband, we have together stuck to it, and we have the end goal in mind, the whole time. And something that is so important is to surround yourself with positive people. Have the people around you who want to see you succeed. If you have a passion for something, you work hard and you set yourself goals and surround yourself with people who will lift you up, there is no way in my book that you gotta fail. If you do all these things and you have a good idea, you’re gonna make it.
Watch our interview here:
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I hope you liked my interview and learned a thing or two from me.
How about you guys? What practical tips would you give someone who is starting Nursing school or thinking about a career in Nursing? Share them below in the comment box!
I hope you have a good shift and remember as always, listen with your heart.