Hirenurses.com Nurse of the Week: Caroline Porter Thomas, RN

Nurse of the week Caroline
Meet Caroline Porter Thomas, HireNurses.com Nurse of the Week!  Caroline is very active on social media and has her own book and website about nursing!  Read on to learn more about her! 
Please provide a 1 Paragraph introduction to yourself and how you ended up where you are today I started nursing school as a non-traditional student. I never performed well academically in high school, so after I graduated, I wanted to open my own business. At the age of 19 I started my first company selling various products in shopping malls. I did well financially until the 3rd year when I bit off way more than I could chew. I ended up back at my parents house, in debt, pretty depressed and unable to provide for myself.  I never wanted to experience that again, so, I decided to pursue a degree in nursing to have some sort of security. I ended up falling in love with nursing… it is such a wonderful profession!
As I mentioned prior, I was not a very good student in high school. However, I figured out how to study and actually started nursing school with a 3.7 gpa, graduated nursing school with honors and passed the NCLEX-RN on the first try in 75 questions.  I thought; why not share what I learned with future nursing students?  So I wrote my first book: How to Succeed in Nursing School, opened up my youtube channel to help future students and the rest is history 🙂
Name: (and age)
Caroline Porter Thomas 33 y.o.
Years working as a nurse:
7
Current Position:
Per Diem – Step down/Tele
What brought you into the nursing profession?
I love helping others and putting smiles on peoples faces, also liked the fact that a degree in nursing opens up many different “good” doors!
Where did you get your nursing degree?
Fayetteville State University in NC
First RN/LPN position (and how you got it… we’ve all been there!):
Central Carolina Hospital – in Sanford NC – on a Med/Surg Tele unit.
I was also hired at Duke university hospital – where I completed a summer internship, when I was in nursing school. However, Duke was 1 hour and 30 minutes away and since I just graduated and had not saved any money yet, I felt like staying home and working close to home would be best.  Working at a small hospital really was a gift, because you get to learn and do just about everything! And the room for growth was awesome!  
Random fact /hobby:
hmmmm…. I love writing and dancing lol. Not sure if that is random though, since I talk a lot about it in my videos.
Biggest career challenge and how you’ve overcome it (or how you are currently working to overcome!):
I think that every day brings new challenges. I try to elegantly learn the daily lessons, so that in the future I can have better problems 🙂
Any projects on your desk right now?
 Wow… I have about 5 different projects that I’m currently working on. I love learning new skills and staying busy!! I also still work full time… I actually consider that my time off… because I don’t have to create anything 🙂
Do you have a blog or website you would like us to feature?
Yes please!
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/empowern
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/empowern

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/EmpoweRN/163131040451901
Website: EmpoweRN.com
What item is most useful to you as a nurse? (What piece of equipment or clothing could you NOT do your job without?)
I always have to have a lab coat… first of all for the warmth and second of all for the extra pockets!
Do you have a fondest memory or favorite nursing experience?
 The first time I had a patient tell me that she loved me. I took care of her for 2 consecutive days. It was really nice to discharge her home and when she stood up to get in the car she gave me a big hug and told me she loved me. It was real. I still get teared up when I think about it to this day 🙂
What one piece of advice would you pass on to a new nurse? (first year working)
It gets wayyyyyy better! The first year there is just so so much to know and it is so hard to manage everything timewise. Also, everything is new: all the medications, procedures, doctors names (and accents) and usual orders. After sometime though, you will notice seeing the same things over and over again… and that is wonderful!
I always tell new nurses… stay at your first job for at least 2 years. You really need to give yourself that time and be easy on yourself. Never let anyone make you feel slow, stupid or unimportant.  You are a genius for making it into and passing nursing school… you can do anything you set your mind to.
Caroline has a nursing profile on Hirenurses.com—reach out to her directly to ask her any questions about her experiences!

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