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A New Career?

In high school, Hamdi worked as a waitress in a restaurant. After graduation, she worked her way up to restaurant manager. She likes her job, but she wants to love her job. As a child, she always dreamed of being a nurse. Could nursing be her new career?

Hamdi goes to her computer. She searches “nursing careers.” There is a lot of information! She narrows her search. She types “how to become a nurse in Minnesota.” Hamdi learns many things. She learns that many colleges have nursing programs. Colleges prefer applicants with some type of healthcare experience. She learns that many applicants get experience by working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

Many community colleges and organizations such as the Red Cross have nursing assistant classes. The Minnesota Department of Health (health.state.mn.us) has a list of training programs. She looks at the list. She learns that some nursing assistant classes are offered in the evening. Hamdi thinks she could work her restaurant job during the day and go to school at night. This would help her pay for the program. She also learns that the state of Minnesota repays nursing assistants for their training costs. Nursing assistants that work at nursing homes for at least 90 days are reimbursed.

After Hamdi gets her nursing assistant certification, she could apply for a job at a nursing home. There are many jobs for nursing assistants. Many nursing homes even have part-time jobs. She could apply for a part-time job as a CNA. This way, she’d gain needed experience in healthcare. She would keep her restaurant job in order to cover her bills. Eventually, she’d quit the restaurant and put in applications to nursing schools. Hamdi is excited about the possibility of starting a new career.

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners