Deciding on Nursing as a Second Career
March 21, 2014
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For some people, nursing is the only thing they want to do, and they take the necessary steps early in their lives. But others come to nursing as a second career, having worked in a different industry for many years. Anita Pool is one such person.
Anita was originally a mechanical engineer, but after her company downsized and she was let go, she decided to study to be a nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric oncology. Her first career turned out to be very unrewarding, so she was relieved when it ended and the opportunity to enroll in nursing school came up.
"I was able to get my dream nursing job right after graduation on a general pediatric floor of a big hospital in Houston," Anita told Briarcliffe.
During the next 20 years, she furthered her education by obtaining certifications as a pediatric nurse, and then as a pediatric oncology nurse. Still, she felt the need to practice more independently, so she sought her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and also became a certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-C). Anita was working full-time as well as attending school, so it wasn't an easy road, but the flexibility of her work schedule and the classes enabled her do both.
Speaking to the practical side of her second career in nursing, Anita says, "I went to nursing school so that I could work in healthcare, get a job right away, and always be employed." That was a smart choice: the US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists nursing as one of the careers estimated to experience the most growth through the year 2022.
Anita's shift to nursing was 20 years ago, but the downsizing she experienced is still a challenge that many people face. But Anita has shown that a job loss can actually be an opportunity to rearrange your life plan and finally make a move into a field that you've thought about for a long time. Healthcare offers a range of career choices, many with years of growth and possibilities ahead. For those who are looking for a change, nursing as a second career may be the right choice.
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