Nurse and mentor Jose Rodriguez, RN has been a nurse for twenty years. Working in a variety of settings—from clinics to large hospitals like UCSF Medical Center—he has amassed an incredible amount of experience and helped many new nurses forge their paths in the field of nursing.
When Rodriguez first started working as a nurse, like for many new nurses, the first six months were overwhelming and the thought of quitting began to cross his mind. Rodriguez realized that what he loved most was surgery. So, he started applying for post-anesthesia nurse positions and was immediately offered a role. Since then, Rodriguez has been happily working in perioperative nursing care for nearly 20 years.
The support of his professors, mentors, and family members helped him get through the beginning growing pains. During the first two years in nursing, there are a lot of challenges and different demands. Nurses have to learn how to manage all that and coming out of school without those skills can be tough for some nurses.
What helped him, in the beginning, was to quickly learn to multitask, prioritize, and “to develop relationships with the key people that would help me understand workflows and help me improve my workflows, so that I can become a better nurse.”
It was then that Rodriguez learned the importance of talking with other nurses, seeing what they’ve done on their journeys, then stepping back and reflecting on his own situation. Now in a leadership role, Rodriguez goes above and beyond to help new nurses as they navigate through their careers.
What’s Rodriguez’s advice for new nurses? “There’s a lot of variety in nursing. Try to experience the most that you can, try to experience different areas, different environments. Look at what you like, and always go with what makes you feel the best because that’s where you’re going to be the most successful. If you like it and you’re satisfied, that’s going to make you feel good and help you perform better.”
Try to experience the most that you can. Try to experience different areas, different environments. Look at what you like, and always go with what makes you feel the best.”
What does he like most about working with NurseRegistry? “I was looking for ways to work more and help out. I found out about NurseRegistry and their administrative ease that makes picking up extra work easy. But, the agency does an excellent job of placing qualified nurses with the appropriate patients and that’s key to be successful, and that’s what engaged me right away.”
Rodriguez devotes his life to nursing, working both full-time and on the weekends. So how does he do it? “By remember[ing] that anything that is going on is just happening right now. That’s where the focus needs to be right now, as opposed to the future or the past.” So when he’s not with his patients, he’s one hundred percent with his dogs and kids, hiking in Marin, or walking on Stinson Beach.
We’re very happy to have Nurse Jose Rodriguez’s experience and caring for patients.