Hometown:Brandon
Age:23
High School:Brandon High School
Training:Hinds Community College in Raymond and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson
Degree:Practical nursing degree and associate degree in nursing from Hinds Community College; Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center
Employer:St. Dominic Memorial Hospital in Jackson
Title:Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse

ERIN RAWSON

Erin Rawson was in high school when she discovered her passion for nursing.

She was enrolled in a health science program at Brandon High School that provided her with information about all the opportunities in the health care field. While she was still in high school, she was able to take her first semester of practical nursing school while completing her senior year.

After getting her practical nursing degree, Erin continued to rise up the education ladder to become a registered nurse.

On any given day, Erin’s main responsibility is making sure her patients are well cared for. “I think everyone has an idea about a typical emergency department, but I don’t think anyone realizes how fast-paced and overwhelming an average day can be,” Erin says. “There’s never a dull day!”

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WHAT DOES A REGISTERED NURSE DO?


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Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. They typically work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home health care services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in outpatient clinics and schools, or serve in the military.

Responsibilities:

  • Assess patients’ conditions.
  • Observe patients and record the observations.
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute information to existing plans.
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other health care professionals.
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries.