Rhode Island Nurses In Action: Bintou Marong
Rhode Island Nurses In Action
BSN: University of Rhode Island, c/o 2015
Why did you choose nursing?
I grew up with healthcare workers in my family so nursing seemed like the natural transition after high school. I specifically chose oncology because I love the challenge of the field and the compassionate care that is provided for patients. You really get to know your patients and build a lasting relationship with them.
What was your career path? I started on a medical-surgical/ oncology unit for a little over a year and a half as a new graduate nurse. I transitioned to outpatient radiation oncology for two years before transitioning back to inpatient intermediate cardiac care. SARS-CoV-2 happened and later in the year of 2020 I decided to pursue travel nursing as it is something I had wanted to do and would afford me the flexibility I needed for school. Currently I am in school for my MSN/ DNP as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with hopes to stay in oncology as an NP. I also mentor new graduate nurses who are struggling with role transition, bullying, navigating burnout, improve their clinical skills and de-stress in a safe environment. I noted the lack of mentorship and support for new grads throughout my journey and the high turnover rates within the facilities I've worked in, so I decided to create my mentorship program which can be found at www.risingsunrn.com. As a new grad, I didn't always have that support or person to vent to or work through things with and as such, RisingSun.RN was founded.
What do you find most satisfying about your current nursing role / activity?
I love when my patients are comfortable enough to confide in me. I am with them for a short period of time in my current role, so gaining trust during a vulnerable time in their lives (cancer diagnosis) means the world to me. I can't take away my patient's diagnosis but I can walk alongside them in their journey to help where I can. I always, always remind my patient's "You are not a diagnosis. You are still you and you can continue to take part in activities that bring you joy and make you feel whole even if we have to make some adjustments along the way. Don't let a diagnosis limit you"
What is a non-work- related activity that brings you joy? Lifting weights has always brought me joy. Lifting has taught me about resilience, perseverance and provided me with confidence that I can bring outside of the gym. I used to compete in powerlifting and if there's anything you should know about me prior to me competing, I was (and still am) deathly shy. It was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it taught me a lot. I also really enjoy massages and meditation.
What is one thing you don't think the general public understands about Nursing generally or about your field of nursing specifically? I don't think people appreciate the breadth and depth of knowledge we bring to the table. We juggle a lot competing issues during our shifts and are pulled in so many different directions. It is mind boggling how much we do and we do it with grace/ compassion.
Bintou Marong is a Clinical Registered Nurse, entrepreneur, currently working towards her MSN/DNP in Adult Gerontology. She is eager to talk with new nurses about their transition to clinical nursing, oncology, and leadership. She is an active member of the ABA-RI Membership and Government Affairs Committees. She can be reached at email@example.com.
To read more of these amazing interviews, visit RI State Nurses Association (ANA- RI) and look under the Membership tab- Nurses In Action folder. We are amazing and diverse and EVERYWHERE!