Meet Laura Ragil

Registered nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit

1. What attracted you to your current occupation?

Being a nurse will be a good paying job—no matter where you go—with intangible rewards, and it is forever a learning occupation.

2. In what activities or clubs did you participate in college that helped you achieve your goals?

None—I only had time to study and work

3. What courses/programs of study did you take in college to work toward your career?

All nursing courses.

4. Did you participate in an internship/cooperative education program?


5. What was your first job out of college?


6. What are the required skills that are needed in your field?

RN license, caring about people, and being a team player

7. Was there any kind of special training involved for your career after college?


8. What kind(s) of compensation can a new graduate expect in the field?

Good pay, good hours, forever learning new things, sense of confidence, and good co-workers

9. What kind(s) of personalities work best in this field?

Patient, energetic, and adrenaline-loving 

10. Are there any physical demands to the job?

Yes—constantly walking and running

11. What are the three most important pieces of advice you would give someone who is interested in the field?

  • Stick to it; there are nursing jobs for every personality.
  • Buy a small notepad to keep information in that doesn’t seem to stick in your head (calculations, certain dosages).
  • Buy a good pair of walking shoes.

12. What do you wish you would have known about the field before you began your occupation?

The feeling of helplessness is a huge impact. You can’t fix everything that walks through the door. However, to see a patient overcome an illness is a great reward within itself.


This article was written by Hannah Purnell

Hannah Purnell is a staff writer for Hannah writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.

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