Saturday, May 4, 2013

Almost Nurses Week

I'm jumping ahead by a couple days -- Nurses week kicks off next week.  However, the article below, from the Peterborough Examiner, caught my eye this morning as I was catching up on news.

Another successful career changer to nursing is profiled -- from a successful career as a law clerk to nursing.  Now she's a nurse practitioner, and clinical director of a clinic that has an incredible mandate and focus.

Way to go!!!  Hopefully I'll have those initials (NP) after my name too, one day...

Here's the link to the full story:

Here's an excerpt from the article:

"Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and trust that you’ll end up in the right place.

Cathryn Roka was 35 and making a fantastic living as a Bay St. law clerk. She liked what she did for a living and she was good at it.

But then she got sick. A virus attacking her liver had her in and out of hospitals for the better part of a year. As she watched and worked with the caregivers who got her helped her back to health, she had a revelation.

“I thought, wow, this is nice. Helping people instead of suing people,” Roka said.

So Roka leaped.

She took a leave of absence from work. She went back to school to pursue a career in health care.
Her family thought she was crazy, she said. It didn’t help that she didn’t know herself where she would end up.

Roka spent a few years working in public health before she decided to take another leap, heading back to school one more time to attend Queen’s University for nursing.

She’s landed in the right place. At 49, Roka has found her calling, working as a Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) nurse practitioner.

It’s a career that blends her desire to care for and advocate for people.

“Everyone should be entitled to health care,” Roka said.

That means health care when you need it, she said, be it today, tomorrow or even right now. And Roka wants it delivered without judgment. She’s also a tireless advocate for more nurse practitioner led-clinics, and wants to see more of them in the province. " continue reading click on the link above...

Happy early Nurses Week!!!

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