By Amelia Roberts BSN, RN
There are many reasons that I decided to become a Nurse. There is the obvious
reason, my Mom is a Nurse and she would pay for my education if I went to Nursing School. As well as the not so obvious reason, because I was a Virtual Assistant (VA).
When my Mom told me about her stories from “The Floor”, those stories frankly sacred me to death! Truth be told, they still do. In any case, I was convinced I could never be a great nurse like her. I simply did not know all of the answers to the various complex scenarios she described. Yet, my role as a VA made me realize, that maybe, possibly, I could!
Here is why!
As a VA, I quickly learned, that you do not have to have all of the answers to be awesome at your job. To be successful in this role you simply have to either find the answers quickly (Social Media and Google were EARLY friends) OR know how to quickly find the people who DID have the answers. Making quick connections between problems and solutions became a frequently used skill!
After a few years in the VA role, my mother and I had the, “Soooooooo what are you going to do with your life” conversation. Once I considered the options, it was my work experience that helped me to make a the choice of going to nursing school. While I was still scared of what would be expected of me, thanks to being a VA, I knew that I did not have to do it all on my own.
As soon as I started Nursing School I “set up my office”.
For me this meant that included finding like-minded people who knew more than me, both inside my school and more importantly outside of my school. It meant gathering various resources that would be at my fingertips When I started my first nursing job, I did the same thing, I made sure there was a system of support both inside as well as outside of the hospital where I worked. OneNote, Evernote and other Apps held vital Non-Patient related information right by my side. With each new nursing job, committee position, and job transfer, I used the same standard of procedure.
Years later my VA skills still play a role in my daily life. When it comes to planning a workshop, conference, or developing a PowerPoint, I can do these tasks quickly. I love helping others care for these tasks more efficiently! In addition to being a Care Coordinator and solving problems virtually and telephonically (I really can’t get away from my VA roots), I know teach others how to use Systems in their Professional life.
Being able to support other Nurses is part of why I started Solutions by Amelia.
The RNFM radio show team encouraged me to think about what I like to do that I would do for free in this episode.
I consider Processes, Systems and Tools as being inanimate “Friends” because they have been SO helpful!! I thoroughly enjoy showing others how they too can implement Systems that will create time. My current passion is showing others how to leverage Social Media to enhance their Professional Development, speak to their value and demonstrate their knowledge with the goal of growing their own tribe of supporters.
Amelia Roberts BSN RN is a Registered Nurse and a Social Media Coach. After being a long time consumer of Social Media, Amelia started helping others to use this medium more effectively. She works to make sure that the messages of Healthcare Professionals reach their target audience. Amelia is passionate about ensuring Professionals stay relevant in a rapidly changing Healthcare landscape.