Q&A - Med Surg Nurse
My name is Kayla Marie Orson, MSN, RN. I graduated from a Masters Entry program at Johns Hopkins SON in 2019 and work on a Med-Surg/Onc (now a biomode Covid) unit for a JH affiliated community hospital in MD. I've been a nightshift nurse for nearly a year and will graduate from my New Grad Residency in September.
I don't think any of us thought the Year of the Nurse would also be the year of probably one of the worst pandemics we've ever faced. I've beena Covid Nurse since March. Covid is the new norm for me and, although its is stressful and overwhelming, has taught me so much!!
I have recently applied for a post-graduate certification in Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. I have plans to become a RN Infection Preventionist in the the near future and eventually earn my DNP or MPH with a concentration in Infection Control and Prevention.
Nursing is my second career (I worked in commercial real estate for 10 years) but healthcare has always been a strong passion and interest for me. It took nearly four years for me to complete my prerequisites for nursing school as I was still working full-time. But it was completely worth it. In school, many of my classmates were older, on their 3rd or 4th careers or 3rd or 4th degrees. The thing I love about nursing is the endless opportunities. Its never too late to pursue nursing. You'll never run out of possibilities of what you can do in nursing. We are ALWAYS going to be needed!