Jump Fences, That's what I like About Nursing."
Karra now works for a large health plan developing methods to improve
the delivery of health care to large numbers of patients.
According to Karra, "the security you get with nursing is
in its flexibility
thats what I like about ityou
can go from role to role, you can jump those fences."
At 21, Karra was very poor, had a brand new baby, and needed a
good job to support her husband while he was in school. She chose
nursing as a career because she was seeking stability. She earned
her first license as a vocational nurse (LVN) in Washington State
and hasnt stopped since.
"Young people [today] are not given the real story about nursing,"
says Karra. For example, did you know that:
- In California, a full time entry level R.N. salary is
around $50,000 to $60,000 per year. Some areas of California are
so desperate for qualified Registered Nurses that they will offer
signing bonuses of $10,000 or more, plus relocation costs.
- The U.S. military provides free nursing education and
advanced clinical training, tremendous leadership opportunities,
and (depending on current national policy) can even grant U.S.
citizenship to men and women who volunteer.
- The U.S. government can help you repay your student loans
if you choose to work in a location designated "high need."
- Other nations value the superiority of the American nursing
education. They will employ, house and feed new graduates. In
addition, they pay them a salary large enough to pay off student
loans in about two years.
emphasizes that nursing has really changed over the years, and there
are now more opportunities than ever, both in terms of education
and employment. Coincidentally, just like Karras resume, the
list of opportunities in nursing is actually way too long to list
in just one story.