When Kris Chuma became a Registered Nurse through the Reading Hospital School of Nursing, he didn’t know exactly what he wanted to do—but took advantage of the versatility of his degree. “I’ve had all kinds of rewarding experiences in nursing, from working in emergency and trauma to plastic surgery to behavior psychology with adolescents,” says Kris, a native of Frackville, Pennsylvania. “That’s one of the great things about this field: there are many areas to try and a lot of jobs available.”
Quenching this thirst for knowledge
Inspired by his mother, who worked as a nurse until she passed away when Kris was in high school, Kris enjoyed nursing from the start—especially the impact he could have on patients. Seven years into his career, Kris applied to Geisinger Health System, one of the nation’s largest rural health services organizations, which happened to be in his backyard. “In our area, Geisinger is a highly respected leader and employer,” he says. He was hired in 2013. “I turned down a few opportunities to join this hospital.”
Today, Kris is a critical care nurse in same day surgery. He spends his days admitting patients, preparing them for surgery and caring for patients in the recovery room. The variety is his favorite part of the job—and for the first time in his career, Kris has a regular daytime schedule. After becoming a father the same year he joined Geisinger, achieving work-life balance is more important than ever, he says.
CONTINUE READING AT nursetogether
To learn more about the INA please visit www.INAnurse.com