Registered Nurse: Kay Osinski, MS, RN, CCRN
January 19, 2010
You have received many awards and recognitions within a relatively short period of time, 1998-2003 (very impressive – at least from an outsider’s perspective). Can you tell us a little more about those awards? What ‘pep talk’ or words of wisdom would you offer a prospective student to enable them to do their best and be as recognized as you are?
My full-time employment is Assistant Dean at Baker University School of Nursing. I have certification in Adult Critical-Care Nursing and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. I continue to work in the hospital setting approximately one 12-hour shift a month in intensive care or medical-surgical nursing. I also have a private legal nurse consultant practice, where I review medical records and testify regarding medical malpractice cases.
My advice to prospective students is to strive to do your best in science pre-requisite courses, especially anatomy and physiology, which will lay a strong foundation for future nursing courses.
Is there anything else you can tell us about yourself, your career, or the profession that would be interesting or helpful to others aspiring to enter Nursing?
Nursing is a very rewarding profession, where nurses can find employment in a variety of settings; in the hospital setting, nurses may chose to work in the areas of medical-surgical nursing, critical care, the operating room, obstetrics, pediatrics, or psychiatric nursing. Positions outside the hospital include community health, hospice, doctor’s offices and clinics. If nurses chose to pursue a master’s degree, other careers are available such as nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists.