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Jenaveve Tucker

English 2100

Daniel Baird


Double-Entry Notebook #5

1. What kinds of writing (or technical I expected the part about having to be able to
communication) does your job/field use? send and receive patient documents and the
As an advanced practice nurse with a doctoral part about confidentiality, but I was surprised
degree, part of my job is to find scientific to hear about having to implement scientific
evidence that I can implement in to healthcare evidence into her health care practice. It
practice. Because of this, I have to be very makes sense that that would be an important
familiar with different databases and how to
part of her job, it’s just not something I ever
narrow down specific research relevant to my
case. I also have to understand how to navigate thought about.
various electronic medical records (EMRs) and
the laws surrounding the use of EMR’s and
protected patient information. In addition to
using electronic communication, I have to be
able to send and receive patient documents
from laboratories, imaging centers, specialists,
pharmacies, etc., and maintain confidentiality.
1. Can you tell me a bit about your It was hilarious to me that they spike each
workplace culture? Such as: other’s drinks with magnesium citrate. When
I think of nurses, pranks are not something
a. Rules and regulations- I have to always
that I tend to imagine them doing. It makes
be very careful about patient confidentiality. I
also have to make sure that I don’t hurt people of the medical field seem a little more
somebody with the wrong diagnosis! relatable.
b. Stories that circulate around the
company about “heroes” and “heroines,” or
legends about past incidents or employees-
Florence Nightengale is considered the heroine
of the nursing profession.
c. Jokes or pranks that circulate around the
company- As a registered nurse on a hospital
unit, we liked to spike drinks with magnesium
citrate. This is a very powerful laxative.
d. Any rites or rituals the company
observes, for example, “dress-down” days,
company picnics, teams, or initiation rituals for
new employees- Not really. It depends on the
facility or company that you work for.
e. The design of the organization’s physical
f. The general political climate of the
organization—is it conservative, liberal,
moderate?- I would have to say liberal. As an
RN or an APRN, we are responsible for taking
care of everyone. We don’t pick and choose who
we want to help.
g. Any other indications of organizational
culture, such as the division of power among
employees, issues of race, class, gender, what
people wear to work, and so on- Currently, I have
my own practice so I get to set the
organizational culture.
h. Make note of cultural artifacts, such as
cartoons, etc. people hang up around the office,
cubicle décor, or personal items displayed on

1. How did you decide that you wanted to It’s amazing to hear stories like this that have
be in the medical field? affected people so much that they want to be
I have wanted to be in medicine my whole life. able to do the same, or similar, thing for
The experience that really cemented this desire
was when my daughter was 18 months old and
others. I didn’t have a specific reason that I
she was severely burned on her torso. The wanted to be a doctor, but then I experience
paramedics and nurses that took care of her helping two family members through cancer.
were all heroes. I knew that I wanted to be able One of them survived and is now in remission
to help people in this way. and the other one died. Despite that, I am
grateful I was able to go through that time
with them. It gave me a great appreciation of
what the medical field does.
1. What was your schooling like? It’s amazing that she went back to school in a
I got my first bachelor’s degree in psychology. I completely different field and also got a
wasn’t quite sure of the direction I wanted to go doctorate in it.
with it. So I raised my children and then took the
opportunity to go back and get my second
bachelor’s degree in nursing. I immediately
applied to graduate school. My doctoral
program took three long years of clinical
rotations, papers, research, a dissertation, on
campus labs and assignments.
1. Did you know before college that you This is similar to me. I’ve always been
wanted to be in the medical field? fascinated with how the human body worked,
I always had a fascination with how the body but I didn’t realize it was a direction I wanted
worked. I can remember at the age of 9
explaining to my mom how blood pumps to go in until it was suggested to me by
through the heart. I just never knew what I was someone else. At first I was completely
going to do that information. When I started against it, but after much consideration I
college my goal was a nursing degree but it took realized I was actually something I really
some time to get there. wanted to do. I’ve been working in that
direction ever since.
1. Do you still enjoy your work? It’s good to hear that after working in the
medical field for 10 years it was still the
I was a registered nurse for 10 years before I direction she wanted to go in. In fact, fact
became a provider. So, the past year is like an
entirely new profession. I am in a much different
went on to get a doctorate.
role than I was before. I love solving problems,
finding unique ways to help people feel better,
and generally meeting the needs of my patients.

This interview was conducted in person.