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I can finish that sentence so many ways. While growing up in Germany, I wanted to be a professional soccer player because that’s all I knew… Germans are big into soccer, or fussball, you know. I’ve been playing the game since then and am now in a senior league, but that’s a whole other story on how I’m feeling about my age. 34 and playing in a senior league. Oy! Anyways, shortly after relocating back to the states my interest shifted to American football and I wanted to play so bad but my father was afraid I would get hurt. I was a late bloomer so to speak, so it was probably a wise decision on my dad’s part to keep me off that field. So from there, my interests would change like the wind. After seeing Rocky IV, I really wanted to be a boxer, or was it that I wanted to be Sylvester Stallone? Then came ‘Top Gun’ and I wanted to be a pilot and on and on.

How did you know you wanted to become a nurse and when did you realize that was the career path for you? What drove you to make it where you are today? From what I’ve heard, nursing is a wonderful profession and is very rewarding. Plus, you won’t have many worries in terms of finding a job. However, if you are a travel nurse, you may find that last statement a difficult one to swallow as of late. That too, can be a subject of further discussion.

Anyways, I’m curious as to what drove you to become a nurse because of a story I read coming out of Arizona. A young woman is graduating this year from Arizona State University at the age that most people are just entering college! She is the youngest person to ever graduate from the university’s nursing program. She’s the “Doogie Howser” of nursing. You can read the article, “Teen is ASU’s youngest nursing-school grad” here. It’s quite the story and I believe her reasons for becoming a nurse are on point with what many others would probably cite as their reasons for doing so as well. But, do you think she’ll have all the emotional tools necessary for dealing with countless issues that arise for a nurse? This is what I’m interested in. I have no doubt in my mind that she’s a bright and gifted person, it’s just at that young age, has she experienced enough in her own life so that she can relate with patients and families? I don’t know. What do you think?

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About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions and am going on my 3rd year as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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