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ER nurse finds satisfaction in career change

  • Healthcare Alvernia

For some, nursing is a second act. Life experiences and the pursuit of a fulfilling career helping others have guided many people into nursing after time spent in careers in other fields.

As you plan your own future, it’s helpful to look at the daily responsibilities of a variety of nurses to see all of the career options available in the nursing field.

Nursing offers a variety of specialties in which professionals can work. Here is a video profile of Laurie, an emergency room nurse in a suburban hospital.

Laurie was 45 when she started nursing school. Her undergraduate degree is in economics and she worked in international trade for 25 years. The events of 9/11 changed things for Laurie. She resigned from her job and joined the local all-volunteer EMS and became an EMT.

Laurie says the best part of being an emergency nurse is that you never stop learning. Every patient is different and nurses are constantly confronted with something new. Nursing appeals to her because she can be “the person who can set things right.”

“You can’t change the world, but you can change the world for one person for one minute or one hour just by being the person who is there,” she says.

Switching careers affected her family but it had to become a group effort. She acknowledges the support of family and her fellow nurse volunteers throughout her studies and career.

Laurie’s video above was created as part of the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, a multi-year national initiative designed to enhance the image of the nursing profession, recruit new nurses and nurse faculty, and help retain nurses currently in the profession.

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