HEALTHCARE JOBS TAKE YOU AROUND THE WORLD
Lovety knows it’s a long, long way from a refugee camp in Africa to the hallways of a big hospital in central Denver. But for her, the goal is the same: to help people, and to keep learning. Lovety came to Denver from the Ivory Coast, where she had spent time in refugee camps. She spent time with the camp’s medical workers, and helped a Pharmacy Tech serve out polio vaccines to children. It cemented her love of helping people. It took a few years to fulfill that dream, while she immigrated to the U.S. and spent time in grocery store jobs. But she launched herself into CNA training, to return to that dream. “Being a CNA gives you the experience to see if you want to go into nursing, or other areas.” Now she’s nearly finished with a nursing degree, and is exploring working in psychiatry or oncology.
I like to take care of people, it’s something I wanted to do since I was a kid, she says. And with healthcare training, anywhere you travel, you can get a job.
A PRESCRIPTION TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Karly already had one health career, and a good one — with a job in exercise therapy at a rehabilitation center. But she didn’t feel fulfilled. She enrolled at Front Range Community College with the idea of searching for a better career fit. She decided to test out FRCC’s Pharmacy Technician Program to see if that was the one. It must have been — she’s now a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) after completing a residency at a major VA hospital. She’s launched a new career with one of our hospital partners as a clinical cardiac ICU pharmacist.
Karly’s prescription for others who are thinking about making a career move? Find one of our education partners like FRCC.
There’s a positive feeling there, a nice sense of community. The instructors are in tune with students and invested in their success.
ENTRY LEVEL = FIRST STEP
Lindsey started her healthcare career at the unglamorous level of nutrition services, “Nobody likes to say they’re working an entry-level job, but at some point the entry level job will make you proud of what you did, and what you’re doing, and what you’ll become. And then you’ll get that pay you want, and better,” she says. A major local hospital provided Lindsey free classes for her CNA certification while she kept working. “What am I going to lose for free? So I took advantage of it. Was it worth it? Oh yeah! My pay is pretty much double.”
She loves the team feeling of hospital work. “I can ask anyone for help, anyone a question, and I don’t have to be embarrassed or ashamed. Everybody is so friendly, everybody goes in there with good humor. They are trying to make the patient’s night good, and the workers’ nights good.” She loves the direct contact of CNA work. “My favorite part is trying to comfort people and calm people down and let them know it’s ok.” Moving up is a big part of healthcare careers, Lindsey says.
You could be a CNA until you wanted to retire; but a lot of people say don’t stop there, there’s so much more to go for. Part of the reason I wanted to be a CNA is to see what else there is in the medical word.