“At BioLife, I have hours that work for my family and a schedule that gives me the time to invest where I want in my personal life."
Q & A WITH A BIOLIFE PLASMA SERVICES NURSE
Jessica H., RN, MSN
Medical Support Specialist, Registered Nurse
Before joining BioLife Plasma Services as a registered nurse, Jessica’s days were filled with cries of joy and new beginnings. As a full-time on-call labor and delivery nurse, she witnessed the miracle of new life every day. When her own life as a mother began to evolve, she realized it was time for a change. Sometimes work means finding an opportunity and schedule that fits life.
To find out what it’s like to work as a nurse inside a plasma center, Jessica openly shares why BioLife Plasma Services is a good fit for her.
Why do you stay at BioLife?
When I worked at the hospital, I loved working in Labor and Delivery. Then came a time when the location, pay, and hours no longer worked for me. I was exhausted and unable to prioritize my family. At BioLife, I have hours that work for my family and a schedule that gives me the time to invest where I want in my personal life.
I am able to prioritize my family while receiving a good income, great benefits, and ample vacation time. Additionally, I stay because of the management team and the supportive, close-knit team of nurses who all mesh well together. What I appreciate the most is knowing that whatever happens at work or in life, this team has my back.
How would you describe your team?
The nursing team is very diverse and varied in experience, ages, and personalities. On the center staff, we have high school graduates working their first jobs and veterans with more than 20-years of experience on the management team. This brings fresh perspectives with lots of energy, as well as the experience needed to build a strong foundation for the center. Overall, the team is professional and very hardworking. Everyone is expected to help out and support one another on busy days and during downtimes.
What is your proudest moment while working at BioLife?
There are lots of things I’m proud of—individual moments that stand out through the years. In my role as a nurse, I am responsible for overseeing donor screenings. I once had a donor who was having trouble passing her screenings and asked for some advice. I reviewed her readings, had concerns, and recommended she go to her doctor. Her doctor sent her straight to the hospital where she was later diagnosed with Leukemia. Now, this sort of thing doesn’t happen often, but there are times when we can truly make an impact on someone’s life.
I’m also one of the primary trainers for the nurses in our center and I love teaching.
At one point in time, I went back to school for my MSN in nursing education. Training a new nurse, seeing their success, and helping them grow in their job is very rewarding.
What is the one thing you want people to know about working at BioLife?
First, do some thinking about what it is you want out of your job or career. If you’re looking for a place to use nursing skills and knowledge, that allows you to prioritize your life outside of work, BioLife could be a good fit for you. If you are a nurse looking for that “wow, I saved someone’s life today” feeling … this might not be the place for you.
For Jessica, the reasons she goes to work every day at 5 a.m. are that she loves her team, enjoys her job, and is able to prioritize her family with a schedule and benefits that support her life. Working as a nurse at BioLife means being there for donors and the team. At the end of every day, it feels good knowing that in exchange for hard work, BioLife’s benefits and time off support life outside of work.
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