Approximately every 10 seconds, someone in the United States turns 65. With the baby boomer generation aging and needing more medical care, home health care workers and nurses will be in high demand. Over the past few years, Houston’s aging population has increased by 18 percent due to low costs of living and many multigenerational families relocating. Additionally, Houston’s growing population has caused many local hospitals to expand their services and build more facilities, increasing the number of open positions in nursing and other health care-related fields.
Marsene Boldt, a Houston nurse and businesswoman, understands the coming needs and helps families through her home care nursing staff company. She discusses her education and how it helped her to become a business owner in the in-demand field of nursing.
What does your current job entail?
“I am the owner and director of operations of two At Your Side Home Care locations. I opened my first location in Clear Lake in 2003 and recently opened our Southwest Houston location in the beginning of 2013.
Our location is proud to be one of the first in the system to have launched private-duty nursing, a program that provides longtime custodial care for individuals in the privacy of their own homes. The private-duty nursing program serves hospitals and recently discharged patients in the southeast Houston and Galveston County areas.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“Absolutely! When I was initially researching franchise opportunities that best suited my skills set, I loved that At Your Side Home Care takes pride in hiring registered nurses in order to open up cases and provide start-up care for new clients.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“If you have the passion and the drive, then I urge anyone to follow their dreams. Going to school for a nursing degree creates more opportunities and gives you the skills and the foundation towards a position that could potentially be more fulfilling to you, your career and your clients.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.