Chelsea Mason, BSN, RN, CEN
Elliot Urgent Care at River's Edge, Elliot Health System
Stories of Florence Nightingale’s compassion, bravery, and leadership have shaped modern nursing and influenced and inspired millions. As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth, we are honored to shine a light on today’s #NurseHeroes on the front lines by sharing some of their stories.
This is Chelsea’s story.
Describe why you chose to become a nurse
I originally couldn’t decide between teaching and nursing; I knew I wanted to do something that would allow me to care for others. Ultimately, I couldn’t find a topic I was passionate enough about to teach, but I have always loved science and anatomy so opted to go the nursing route. It worked out because I am so passionate about nursing that I am now only 2 courses away from my Masters in Nursing Education, so I will be able to be both a teacher AND a nurse!
Describe your most rewarding day on the job
We had a young child come in with a laceration which needed repair. They were extremely sensitive, and had barricaded themselves in the corner of our waiting room behind some children’s activity tables. Any time anyone, including their parent, would try to go near them to bring them into a patient room they became emotional, screaming and crying. I was made aware of the situation, so I came out into the waiting room and sat far enough away that they could see me but not close enough to make them uneasy. I told them I was just going to sit and wait for them to be ready to talk to me, and ultimately was able to gain their trust enough to get them to come over and let me check the laceration. I worked with our attending physician that day and they were wonderful treating the patient. Before the patient left, they gave me a hug! It was the absolute best feeling to see this kid go from completely withdrawn and labile to a kid who was ok with a hug goodbye!
Describe your most challenging day on job
Prior to my current job at Urgent Care, I worked inpatient Medical-Oncology and Palliative Care. While providing Comfort Measures towards end-of-life patients is ultimately rewarding, it is also emotionally exhausting and makes for some pretty sad and challenging shifts.
Do you have any nurse hacks or lessons learned in the field you would like to share with others?
Ultimately, the more flexible you are with your schedule/shifts, the more flexible your peers will be when you need help. 🙂 Other than that, during busy shifts or times when I am feeling overwhelmed, I make sure to find a quiet spot and do some deep breathing exercises to reset.
What’s a favorite quote of yours?
“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling” – Vincent Van Gogh
For those looking for a way to help others, is there a charity you suggest?
Camp Sunshine in Casco, ME; it’s a summer camp for children with life-threatening conditions and their families. I volunteered there as a 1:1 counselor for campers with special needs during summers when I was in nursing school.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you for taking the time to celebrate our profession during this week!
Thank you for all you do, Chelsea!
Thank you for helping us honor Chelsea and the profession of nursing, Lori. We salute you!
Do you have a story to share?
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