When Janet Phillips graduates from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) this December, she'll do so with a brand-new job title: nurse. It won't be her first career. Or even her second. What it will be, the Huntsville native says, is "a new direction that gives me the skills and opportunities to help people through nursing, while still utilizing my experience in education and management."
Phillips had actually wanted to be a nurse from her earliest days. "My first book report was on Florence Nightingale," she says. But as she grew up, "I moved into other areas and I didn't even think about pursuing nursing as an undergraduate." Instead she earned a degree in education, taking a job at Space Camp shortly after graduation.
"It was a fabulous experience! My initial role was as a counselor, but I ended up as the manager for the fourth through sixth grade program, managing program logistics for 300 kids a week," says Phillips. "It was a great job because I was still around children, but my role was to ensure the program ran smoothly and I loved that. It may be the most fun job I've ever had."