Profile of a Registered Nurse - Lana Larson
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We're so excited to introduce one of our lovely ambassadors - Lana Larson (@roseandgrace_ on Instagram)! From being a mother of two and a Pediatric Registered Nurse, Lana has lots of experience and helpful tips to share with you! Check out Lana's blog on 3 Ways to Boost Your Immune System During Covid here!
What made you decide to become a nurse?
I’ve always been the “momma” in my group of friends, so becoming a nurse just made sense. My enneagram personality type is a Number 2, which means I am “The Helper”. Serving and helping others brings me the most joy in life. I was drawn to nursing specifically to work in pediatrics. I wouldn’t work anywhere else, I love and take care of my work kiddos like my own.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
My absolute favourite thing about my job is working night shifts and getting those middle of the night baby cuddles. There are a lot of times where parents will have other kids or obligations at home, therefore unable to stay overnight. Being the one to respond to their babies in the middle of the night is a privilege and I try to soak in those quiet moments. This part of my job is just as important as any medical care that I will provide.
What is the most challenging aspect?
Hands down the most challenging aspect of my job is trying not to picture my kids in every situation that I am in. Working in pediatrics and dealing with sick kids is not for everyone, that’s for sure! I often find myself going home upset about a lack of involvement from a parent, family dynamics, devastating diagnosis, and situations that are beyond my control. I’ve learned over the years to try and detach when I walk out those doors, but since having kids it’s become increasingly hard to do.
What’s one of the most surprising things you’ve learned in your career that you wish you would’ve known years ago?
Oh this is a tough question! I think the most surprising thing I’ve learned in my career is that you can’t do everything. At work, at home and in life in general. Delegate, say no, ask for help! This will serve you well in all aspects of your life.