Swapping the hospital ward for your own business is just a “different type of caring for people”, a former nurse has said.
According to a survey for the IMNO, over seven in 10 nurses have considered leaving the profession.
Many who do branch out into a related field and use their training to help clients in the private sector.
Magdalena Jaworska graduated as a nurse from UCD in 2017 and began to work in Dublin’s Mater Hospital.
In the end, it was the pandemic that convinced her it was time to look for a new job.
“I worked through the first two waves of COVID, the third wave I just said, ‘I can’t do it anymore, I can’t be in the hospital anymore,’” she told Sarah Madden for The Pat Kenny Show.
“I felt I was doing the job of three people.”
Instead, she retrained in facial injections and started her own business, styling herself as the AestheticNurse.Dublin on social media.
It is, Ms Jaworska feels, in many ways similar to her old job.
“I started Aesthetics because it was just a different type of caring for people,” she said.
Globally, the facial injections market is predicted to be worth €16 billion by 2028.
Hannah Soraghan has endometriosis and decided to leave nursing in search of a better quality of life.
“I started looking at my own work-life balance and the shift pattern did not suit me,” she said.
She studied for a diploma in naturopathic nutrition and has since set up HappiCore - a nutritional therapy company that aims to help people with their diet and lifestyle.
Like Ms Jaworska, she feels her new job is similar in some ways to nursing.
“In nursing you learn to multitask, you take anything as it comes and you adapt to things basically,” she said.
“There’s a certain way to talk to people and make sure they’re at ease, so you definitely do learn a lot from nursing.”
Main image: A nurse prepares an injection.