Starting Over: Nursing as a Second Career (Part I)

Let’s face it. Starting anything new can be daunting. I would know; it took me a solid few months just to muster the courage to launch this blog that’s been gathering dust in the back of my subconscious somewhere.

But like most bewildering beginnings, there lies a sneaky little catalyst that propels you into yielding a little something. My very own catalyst for starting this blog coincides with my start as a Bridges to the Baccalaureate (BttB) Scholar at Emory University this week. Pretty much a dream come true for any low-income minority nursing student from a community college. It’s only day two and I’m in complete cahoots with the program.

The BttB program will allow me to be involved in the inner workings of the research process in order to prepare for a PhD in nursing research for nursing informatics. My interest in nursing informatics and electronic health records stems from my first career path in digital marketing.

After being completely consumed by the digital world where you can request just about anything at the touch of your fingertips, I was thrown off by the lack of digital growth in the healthcare setting. Sure there are some crazy awesome innovative inventions emerging in the medical world as I type, however, there seems to be a clear disconnect when it comes down to comprehensive communication between the various collaborators of patient care (more on this in another post).

The point of this post is to highlight and celebrate new beginnings. All five of us in this year’s BttB cohort are shedding away any remnants of our past careers, and donning a renewed sense of self as we embark as newbie nursing scientists.

So cheers to those of you who are trying their hand at something so new you may pee your pants. That fearful feeling by your bladder eventually gives way to a comfortable sigh of relief — until you start something else that is!

Sophia, soon-to-be-RN

(P.S.: The part II portion of this post will focus more on the growing pains of transitioning from one career into the huge field of nursing.)

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