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Health care may need more jobs

Q.1 I've been a nurse for 25 years and have felt underpaid and overworked, but the satisfaction and gratification of the work made up for that. My daughter has seen me exhausted but happy when I came home at night, and she too wants to be a nurse. Do I tell her it's the wrong profession and that she should look for something that will make her life easier? We all want that for our kids, don't we?

Ans. Of course we want to help make our kids' lives easier, but if you can help her have a career that makes her want to get up and run to her job each morning, and feel satisfied when she returns-you've done more than most. The good news is that things are looking up in the health care field. Recent surveys indicate that sector has been growing while others are losing jobs. If the health care bill passes and brings real reform, that should increase the need for even more nurses. You've been a great example.

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