Ask a Nurse
Ask a Nurse
[Bottom third: Shriners Children's logo, Beverly Bokovitz, D.N.P., RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Shriners Children's]
[Nurses Week logo in background]
I became a nurse in a non-traditional way. I started out as a nursing assistant and got into nursing and found that I absolutely loved it. I just sort of had an affinity for it. I really had that feeling of, I found my passion. I have been a nurse for 33 years. In that time, the role of nursing has changed, but it really hasn't. Nurses are still fundamentally there at the bedside or in whatever role they're in, taking care of patients and having that trust between the nurse and the patients.
My favorite thing about being a nurse, when I was a staff nurse, I loved taking care of patients, but now that I'm an administrator, I like being able to be a nursing advocate. Between our wraparound care and our focused approach, nurses at Shriners have an amazing role that they play to take care of children.
The advice that I would have for aspiring nurses is just go for it. Nursing is an honorable and exciting field, and your patients and your coworkers and your peers, they will thank you for it.
The opportunities that exist within Shriners are varied. We have opportunities in surgical services. We have opportunities in intensive care. We have opportunities in our outpatient areas. There are so many different ways you can be a nurse at Shriners.