While we need many nurses to help attend to patients when sick, there are other facets of the health care industry where nurses can really make a difference. Carmen Kosicek discusses her role as a nursing career coach, helping other nurses across the country.

(Photo Courtesy of Carmen Kosicek)

(Photo Courtesy of Carmen Kosicek)

What degree program did you study?

“I have my B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing – University of St. Francis Joliet, IL), M.S.N. (Master of Science in Nursing – Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio) and A.P.R.N. (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Midwife, Frontier University, Hyden, KY). I then became an advanced practice nurse in my late 20s.”

Have you participated in any form of continuing education since beginning this position? 

“Education is not only about certifications and more degrees in alternative employment venues, but rather it is about understanding how studies are done and presented to the FDA; how tier levels of formulary insurance do/do not impact the patients; how medications truly differ from others, etc. Learning how to communicate with pharmacists, providers of all levels (MDs, NPs, PAs) and seeing how insurance can drive their behaviors until I, as an RN, can positively impact them and their patients with the blend of this knowledge is huge.”

Do you have any advice for people who would be interested in pursuing a similar career?

“Learn from someone who has done what you want to do. I simply listened to RN who were only in traditional employment venues. When this happens, I find more and more that RN falsely believe that to advance in nursing, they need more and more pieces of paper that would only keep them within traditional clinical nursing. Not true. RN can use the degree they already have in the business of health care once an RN who has done it shows them how to transfer their skill set and knowledge appropriately.”

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.


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