Rivets Into Catheters: Auto Workers Retrain as Nurses

A hopeful sign? The Voice of America reports that a group of former auto workers in Michigan, where the nursing shortage is acute, are training to be nurses. Says one, “I don’t have to come home smelling like oil.” The story doesn’t tell us what percentage of these former auto workers are men and what percentage women, but it might be interesting to know. –Jacob M., AJN senior editor 

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2016-11-21T13:34:58+00:00 April 14th, 2009|career, students|2 Comments
Senior editor/social media strategy, American Journal of Nursing, and editor of AJN Off the Charts.


  1. jm April 14, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Yes, very true about nurses! May they continue to repay such high regard. (To clarify one detail: I believe the article I referenced in my post was talking about auto workers, those who work actually building cars, rather than the mechanics who are meant to heal the cars when they grow ill.)-JM

  2. Barbara Glickstein April 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Talk about image transformation- auto mechanics are often not trusted by the public but we know that nurses are voted as one of the most trusted professions.

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