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Nurse Recruitment News: Firefighters Help Ease the Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 16th, 2013

A growing number of firefighters throughout the country are juggling their schedules to become registered nurses. Some are looking for added training to improve their performances as paramedics. Others are preparing to or changing careers.

Nursing is a good option for firefighters who are less able to run calls. It’s a better second job than what many are doing when they’re not at the fire station, such as construction or landscaping, which can be nearly as hard on their knees and backs as responding to fires and car wrecks.

Some are changing careers as government funding cuts cause worry about job security.

Nurse’s and a firefighter’s salaries are comparable, especially considering the benefits and pensions firefighters receive. Nursing careers also allows firefighters to spend more time with their families. Some use nursing to bring in extra money now, with the plan to give them a second career after retiring from the fire department.

Firefighters make great nurses and are another source to help us ease the nursing shortage.

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