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Category: A Day in the Life
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By Jennifer Billingsley, FNP-BC, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions 

I was holding the delicate hand of a 98-year-old woman who had raised six children and worked on a farm for over 50 years. I watched as her breathing started to slow down, and all of the stress and worry washed away from her face.

I was a senior in high school and had just watched a person die right in front of me. Peacefully. I felt the presence of God pick her up in His arms and cradle her frail body.

It was in this moment that I knew I would be a nurse.

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When you envision your future, what do you see? Can you imagine yourself working in a healthcare setting as a healthcare administrator? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry is expected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024 due the aging of the baby-boom generation. There has never been a better time to consider a career as a healthcare administrator, and it is important for anyone who is interested in this field to be aware of what healthcare administrators do on a daily basis.

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Health care administrators play an essential role in the health care industry. These professionals make sure that their facility is organized and on top of its agenda. In addition, this is a rewarding career that can open the door to many opportunities in the health care field.

Becoming a health care administrator is hard work and requires a lot of dedication; however, the results are absolutely worth it. Here are three reasons to become a health care administrator!

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By Michael McKenney MS, AT, CSCS
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

It has long been a personal professional goal of mine to serve the athletic population in an altruistic manner by volunteering with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).

In summer 2014, I began to take the initial steps toward accomplishing this goal. While working as an athletic trainer with my club lacrosse team in Colorado Springs, I visited the Olympic Training Center there and introduced myself to Ms. Jenna Street, the coordinator of sports medicine clinic operations. My conversations with Ms. Street strengthened my resolve to begin the lengthy application process for the sports medicine volunteer program with USOC. 

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