"My grandmother was a nurse and I had always been amazed at some of the stories she told me and how she took care of people."

Role Model Photo Annette Ayers

Health Field: Health Care Services Administrator

Number of years in the profession:
19 year

Years in College: 7 years

Professional Credentials:

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
I had always been very good at science and math in school. I had always thought I wanted to either be an accountant or a physician, therefore when I went to college my initial major was pre-med business. I determined in a short time that I could not be a CPA and sit behind a desk and was not sure being a physician was what I wanted. My grandmother was a nurse, and I had always been amazed at some of the stories she told me about how she took care of people. I made the decision to go to nursing school. After graduating from nursing school I knew I wanted to be an ER nurse, which I did for 8 years. I became interested in the management side of nursing also and, over time through multiple management positions, moved into my current position.

What other careers did you consider?
Business and medicine

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
Family, science, math

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
Internship while in nursing school. Worked in a physician's office during a summer break from nursing school.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
I am not a good test taker, so any tests during nursing school were tough. I am also very tough on myself and when I did not do good on a test it was very hard. I had been in the top 10% of my graduating class in high school and in college I was one of many who were also in their top 10% so things were a little harder. While getting my masters degree I had one child at home, was due with another one, lived 45 minutes from work, worked full time, drove two nights a week 100 miles each way to class and had to study, make good grades and succeed. It was very hard, but I was determined to do my best. I spent many late nights reading etc.. but it all paid off in the end.

How did you overcome these challenges?
Determination to succeed

Was your family supportive of you through your college (or other training) years?

Did you have a job and work while you were going to college or other training? Yes

Present Career as a Health Care Services Administrator

Describe an average work day for you.
Very busy, challenging etc...

How many hours do you work in an average week?

What kind of health care setting do you work in?

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
science classes, math, determination, caring personality, hard worker, professional

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Helping care for people

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Health care is a great career. You will always have a job, the pay is very good,and most often the benefits are also very good. Health care is not a day time, Monday-Friday job. Hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays. Sometimes you have to make changes in schedules (you may not celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday because you are working), but if you enjoy what you are doing it is well worth the sacrifice.

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?

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