S2 Ep 1 Compassionate Care and Adult ADHD with Kirsten Peterson, BSN, RN
In this episode, Kirsten Peterson joins the podcast to discuss her journey. From following her passion for Tennis to attend Wheaton College (Illinois) and studying Sociology with a minor in Spanish, to a passion in criminology, Kirsten found her path to become a nurse as well as the perfect program within Eastern University. Kirsten has lived and worked in various places including Austin, TX, Hershey, PA, Chicago, IL and Boston, MA. She currently works as a hospice nurse in the community of the western suburbs of Chicago for Seasons Hospice. Before coming to hospice she worked in a Neuro ICU at Central Dupage hospital in Winfield IL, and previous to that worked as a trauma med-surg nurse at Penn State Medical Center. Her first job was spinal cord injury unit at St. Davids Rehab Hospital in downtown Austin, Texas. We discuss everything from these beginnings, to following your spiritual calling and finding faith in nursing as well as exploring different paths and finding your purpose in nursing. Most importantly, we discuss what it is like having Adult ADHD and working as a nurse. Discussions of tactics to handle ADHD, what anxiety is like for two different people and the commonalities that exist. Finally, we go in detail of what compassionate care means and how to deliver it. This is a great conversation for any nurse that sees patients at the various stages of life.