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A change of career?

When I was growing up I went through all the usual choices of career. First of all I wanted to be a vet. That ambition lasted until I discovered that I would have to put very sick animals to sleep and I underwent a massive change of heart. My next choice was to be a teacher, then an air hostess (yes, that was what it was called back then – flight attendant definitely didn’t have the glamour!) I ran through umpteen different ideas before I finally settled on being a librarian, and no, that didn’t seem glamorous but it did mean – or so I thought! – that I’d get to read lots of wonderful books.

I loved my job and never got bored of doing it. I only gave it up when I decided to write full-time. And since then I have never looked back. I love writing and feel extremely lucky that I can spend my days doing a job I adore. So why would I even consider a change of career? Because this week I have realised just how brilliant doctors and nurses really are.

I was in a coffee shop in town on Monday afternoon, listening in to someone else’s conversation -one of the perks of my job – when a man at the next table collapsed. One minute he was drfinking a cappuccino and the next he was on the floor, gasping for breath. The two ladies I’d been listening to sprang into action. They checked his pulse and breathing then started CPR. By the time the paramedics arrived, he was stable all thanks to them. As they returned to their table, and their cold coffee, I complimented them on their speed and ability but they shrugged it off. They were both doctors at the local hospital, they explained. It was all part of their job.

Deeply impressed, I carried on with my day which included a visit to the hospital. Whilst I was there, another patient suffered a bad reaction to the drugs she was receiving and went into cardiac arrest. Once again, people sprang into action and yet another tragedy was averted. Once again I was impressed.

So if I had my time over again would I choose to be a doctor or a nurse? I’d like to think I would but I’m not sure if I’d be any good at it. You need to be a particular type of person to cope with life and death situations, don’t you? Although I am not someone who panics, I once did a First Aid course and it was the most terrifying thing I have ever done. Waiting for the light on that dummy to flash and prove I was performing the chest compressions effectively really freaked me out!

My admiration for those who spend their lives caring for others is immense. It’s why I think doctors and nurses are the perfect heroes and why I choose to write Medical Romances. But even though I admire them so much, I don’t think I shall be making a career change in the forseable future. I know my limits!

882451_10151483220715909_2083063058_oRight, as a little light relief from a basically important subject, here is a photo of my granddaughter Isobel dressed up for World Book Day as Ariel. Enjoy!


13 thoughts on “A change of career?”

  1. Love that picture! I thought you were going to say, Isobel wants to be a mermaid when she grows up. LOL.
    I worked in the medical field as an RN for over twenty-five years, and I also knew my limits. I do not have the right personality for ER or Surgery. I always look away in movies if they show a surgeon making that first cut. Can’t stand the blood! LOL. But as a bedside and clinic nurse in various capacities, my best abilities were in supporting the patient. I may never had done anything as dramatic as saving a person’s life in a coffee shop, but I feel I did help loads of people get through their frightening often difficult and to understand illnesses that disrupted their lives and forced them into hospital.
    These days, I’m happy to write those stories. (and feel very fortunate)

    1. Lynne, Isobel’s ambition is to be a princess when she grows up. Now she may grow out of it but on the other hand…. So watch this space. I may have royal connections one day.

      I laughed at the thought of you, a nurse, not liking the sight of blood. You obviously found your niche working in a clinical or bedside setting, though. I’m sure the people you nursed really appreciated your kindness.

  2. I am another to not have the disposition to be a health professional. I wish I did, kind of. Who doesn’t want to be the kind of person who could save a life? You know, without the ick-factor.

    Or the fear. I think seeing the awesome doctors saving the fellow in the coffee shop would have terrified me. But I love to read about it!

  3. Amalie, it was fascinating to watch them work. They were so professional and so focused. That chap was really lucky that he happened to be taken ill when they were around! I have to confess that I shall use that scene in a book as soon as I can. As they say, nothing is ever wasted!

  4. I’m tend to have a huge unlucky streak and always seem to be the nearest person when someone collapses. I even had it happen when I was sitting in my car one day and a an collapsed on the pedestrian crossing in front of my car. I could either do CPR or drive over him. Just as well I used to work in coronary care….

    1. Scarlet, you are just the person I would like to collapse in front of…if I have to collapse, of course!
      Doing CPR on a dummy is scary enough but on a real person…well! Mind you, I would give it a go. I certainly wouldn’t stand by and do nothing if I thought i could help. I just hope my skills would be up to the task!

  5. Wow Susan, Was he okay? Jennifer, I’ve had so many different jobs- working on historical sites, waitress, barmaid, nurse, health service manager, but now I have the best ever job (and one I didn’t imagine doing until I had been all of the previous. I have to admit, I’m like Lynne and don’t like blood or other bodily fluids. That’s probably why I trained as a psychiatric nurse. Talking therapy is much more my thing (although we had to do a big chunk of general during training- including cpr.)
    I have never been called to put my skills into action. They keep changing cpr anyway- it’s now 15 compressions – to the tune of staying alive or so my daughter tells me- and no breaths. Luckily I have close family members who keep me up to date with clinical advances.

    1. Anne, what a great career history you have. Wonderful for a writer as you have experience of so many different jobs and the people who do them.
      I love that new advert for CPR that’s been shown on the TV. You know the one, a tough, gangster type showing you how to perform chest compressions to the tune of Staying Alive. It always makes me smile and definitely sticks in the mind long after it’s finished.

  6. I’ve never thought I wanted to be a doctor or a nurse, but I too, admire them. I did want to be an air hostess-badly. I was too short. Now they take people all sizes. But now I think I’m to old. Your granddaughter is so cute.

  7. Maybe it’s not too late to start your new career, Susan. Apparently, they are hiring “more mature” personnel on some of the airlines as they find that passengers have more confidence in an older person. So if you ever feel like a career change then there could be a whole new world just waiting for you!
    I have to agree with you about Isobel – she is cute. Not that I’m biased, of course :>

  8. Aww Jennifer, Isobel is sooo darling!
    I loved being a nurse form the second I zipped myself into my uniform that very first day when I knew absolutely zip until this day 20 odd years down the track.
    And now, with the writing, I consider myself very lucky indeed to have two careers that I adore – so many people never find their niche in life.
    I dont think I ever realised you were a librarian, Jennifer? I freaking love librarian’s especially if they’re not snobby about romance (which quite a few of them are!) 🙂

  9. Amy, how wonderful that you too found the job (or two!) that was perfect for you. I loved being a librarian mainly because it combined researching various fascinating subjects with helping people. I’ve worked in all sorts of libraries from research to public and have always enjoyed the work. And I definitely wasn’t sniffy when it came to romance books. They were top of my order list when I was in charge of a group of public libraries. Our stock of romance novels was second to none, believe me!

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