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Don't Give Up Dream of Nursing Career


Q. I always wanted to be a nurse, but now my father lost his job and I know I can't go to college at all. I must find a job and I'd like to at least do something in the health care field. My concern is that no one will hire me without a college education, though I was an honor student all through high school. I graduated in June. What do you think my opportunities are?

Ans. Start sending out resumes in mail and the Internet. Also make calls in person and on the phone. You have many opportunities in the healthcare field if that's what you really want to do. You can always continue your education in evening and weekend classes and maybe even full time at a later date. Don't give up your dreams. Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark, authors of "Expert Resumes for Health Care Careers, Second Edition," (Jist  $16.95) say that despite downsizing, mergers, acquisitions and another reorganizations, health care remains safe from persuasive layoffs. And here's the best part: they say the largest percentage of jobs in health care require LESS than a four-year college education!

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