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By Roadtrip Nation

Niels Tobiasson

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Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
When I was young, I volunteered at the Humane Society—I got funneled into the clinical side of the organization and became very interested in surgery and medicine.
I initially thought I’d become a veterinary technician, but a friend of mine recommended I study human medicine instead so that I’d be better able to support a family.
I didn’t think I was smart enough to go to nursing school, so I decided to work toward becoming a surgical technician instead.
When I first started working as a surgical technologist, I saw becoming a nurse as an unachievable feat for me but eventually I gained more confidence after working alongside the nurses.
I decided to attend an associate's degree program for nursing—but it was difficult because I was balancing school, work, and my new family.
I realized that I didn’t want to sacrifice time with my kids while pursuing my bachelor’s degree as well, so I figured Western Governors University's online program would be the best fit for me.
While completing my bachelor’s degree, my mentor encouraged me to also go for my master’s because it was just as doable—so after earning my BSN, I completed my MSN in nursing administration.
I currently work as a circulator in the operating room, but it’s my goal to work my way out of a bedside role and move into more of a leadership role where I can teach other nurses.
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Career

Operating Room Circulator

I prepare patients for heart surgery and help during post-operation.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

As a circulator, I work on the outside of a patient's surgery. I gather the supplies for surgery, position the patient, and make sure all the paperwork is correct. I also complete all of the charting for the patient and prepare medications.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Before you go to college, I recommend trying to figure out what major you want to pursue and how it will apply to potential careers in the future before you actually dive in. If you don't know what you want to do, I suggest taking a bunch of different classes to figure out what you're interested in before you put a ton of work into the one subject you declare for your bachelor's degree. I also highly recommend shadowing someone who works in the field or position you want to pursue.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

certification
Associate's Degree
Nursing

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You're not smart enough to become a nurse."

Challenges I Overcame

Mental Health Issues
Self-Esteem Issues
Work-Life Balance