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National Nurses Week: RN shares her nursing career from detective to designer

Posted by Cyndi Coyne, RN on May 09, 2016 @ 11:30 AM


Celebrate National Nurses Week 2016!

Editor's note: In celebration of National Nurses Week we asked our own Cyndi Coyne, RN to share her career journey in nursing and advice she would give to this year’s graduating class of nurses. (She even reveals her pinning ceremony photo!)

Q: What most surprised you about nursing?

I didn’t expect nursing to be so much like being a detective trying to solve a mystery or a puzzle, putting pieces of data together to determine what is going on with a patient in order to move forward with the right action plan.
I also didn’t expect to love nursing so much……I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else.

Q: Did you have a mentor?  What lesson do you keep with you and use every day?

I’ve had so many people I’ve crossed paths with who have influenced me and helped make me become the nurse I am today. I’ve had the privilege to work with so many incredibly bright, dynamic, and strong medical professionals who supported me, encouraged me, and even challenged me to grow beyond what I thought I was capable of becoming.
The most important lesson I’ve learned over the years is how important it is to maintain compassion and empathy for others. Nursing at its core is all about caring for people and if your heart becomes hardened all of the nursing skills and scientific knowledge you possess will have little meaning. Truly caring for patients may be heartbreaking at times but makes all the difference in the lives of our patients and their families. 

Q: Share what led you to be clinical consultant for a medical device information systems company?

I vividly remember being a nurse at the bedside desperately trying to balance caring for my patients with all of the seemingly endless documentation and inefficiencies in the hospital. I also saw the struggles my fellow nurses (and myself at times) had with all of the new technology constantly being deployed in the unit, often without input from the nurses and staff who have to deal with it every day. That’s what lead me to move into the clinical IT side of the hospital—to help my fellow nurses by doing what I could to make technology enhance, instead of hinder, the care they provide to patients. When I had the opportunity to help nurses around the country by being a clinical consultant for Capsule I had to pursue it. I wanted to be a part of the solution.

Q: What advice would you offer to student nurses?

Nursing is a wonderful profession and, as they say, it’s the hardest job you’ll ever love. But if you ever start to feel disillusioned or that you’re reaching the point of burning out, I encourage you to pause and consider trying something new. There are a million different things you can do within nursing that will provide new challenges that may help reignite your passion and reinvigorate your outlook.

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