Nursing degree changes path for UT grad

May 8, 2014 | Features, UToday, Alumni, Nursing
By Kim Goodin

This week, Christopher Metcalf returned to the operation support staff position he’s held for five years within the Hemodialysis Department at The University of Toledo Medical Center.

But in about six weeks, the man who received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from UT’s College of Nursing May 2 can take his state nursing boards.

And once he passes those, there’s a nursing position in UTMC’s Emergency Department waiting for him.

Delayed gratification suits Metcalf, a Toledo resident who has spent the past four years as a full-time student, full-time employee and full-time husband and father to four children.

“I was looking for a career that would survive whatever life threw at it,” said Metcalf, whose former careers in aviation mechanics and massage therapy were thwarted by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the economic recession of 2007-09.

“You can’t ship nursing overseas and it won’t disappear because of the economy. There’s always going to be a need,” he said.

Metcalf is content to wait a short time for his latest — and hopefully last — career change to come to fruition.

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