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Always a Nurse

A Profession for a Lifetime

Sanford, Kathleen D. DBA, RN, FACHE, FAAN

Nursing Administration Quarterly: January/March 2020 - Volume 44 - Issue 1 - p 4–11
doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000399
Original Articles

A single career in nursing may encompass numerous and very different positions. Nurses are aware they can select from a variety of specialties, as they choose to learn additional skills or pursue new opportunities. Today's nurses use their intelligence, experience, and holistic concern for all people in more diverse arenas than ever before. This article is followed by a series of first-person accounts of jobs that may not, on first consideration, look like nursing roles. These professionals have not left nursing. They have carried their healing energy, grounding in the nursing process, as well as a desire to improve the well-being of others with them, because they are nurses.

CommonSpirit Health, Chicago, Illinois.

Correspondence: Kathleen D. Sanford, DBA, RN, FACHE, FAAN, CommonSpirit Health, 444 W. Lake St, Ste 2500, Chicago, IL 60606 (

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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