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Narrative Interview Essay

The person that I interviewed is Sarah Arsenault, she is a registered nurse that works at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). Among the things that caught my attention to interview her are: the preparation that involves being any type of practionner of medicine. How to be prepared to act in any different type of situations involving health matters.

During the interview Sarah was very kind and gentle, we had a very nice sort of conversation instead of a strict session of questions and answers. We got along in a great way and the conversation allowed me to get to know about how nursing is in the United States. At the same time she was very open about her experiences and at some times even about her personal life.

As soon as the interview started we were exchanging very funny comments, some about the questions that I asked, others about present issues and even one about “booze” or alcohol. It took me about 25 minutes to finish the process, this is probably because we had a fluent and nice conversation and not just went to straight to the matter.

To start I asked about what inspired her to become a nurse, “My mom, she replied, growing up and watching her knowledge about the human body”, that resulted very exciting to Sarah and had influence in her choice of career. She explained to me the requirements to complete the nursing career; she studied at TC3 for 2 years to obtain an associate’s degree in order to become a nurse. At the moment she is studying to complete a bachelors degree.

She made a joke about men being nurses; she said that still in these times is a bias for a man to be a nurse, although the number is slowly increasing in the US. Sarah loves her schedule at TC3, “great hours compared to a hospital” she said.

When I asked her about how she deals with complaining patients her answer was: “ With humor and telling them that they are being rude, if you want my help respect me”. After dealing with her patients Sarah feel a sense of satisfaction, joy perhaps, because being helpful makes her feel good, she also appreciates the feedback from past patients.

She expressed that she didn’t want to become a doctor because of the length of school here in the US. Among the rewarding things about her job are making relationships with people and the feedback they give her.

When she feels stressed she likes to talk it out with her co-workers, a couple jokes and then all its fine. It was curious because when I asked this question her immediate answer was “Drinking” but we both knew it was a joke so we laughed for about a minute or so. This moment made her more confident and open towards me. She likes working with others over working by herself because she is a people’s person. Overall Sarah’s personality is very kind and open. I liked doing the interview because I learned a lot about nursing, their purposes, kindness and their willingness to help others.

To me the interview was very clear and sincere. Sarah is a straight up person that talks in a direct form about every subject but at the same time enjoys helping others with her service and knowledge.

To talk about nurses is a very important topic worldwide because they play a central role in delivering health care to the people. They promote health, educate patients about illness and injury, provide care and assist in cure. These are critical matters all around the world.

Overall nurses provide many different services and this results very positive for society in general. This and many other reasons were the ones that made me one to interview a person involved in this world, in this case Sarah Arsenault.

I am very glad to have performed this interview because now I see things related to this matter from a very different perspective than the one I had before.

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