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Day in the Life

Discover the best profession for your skills and interests with in-depth profession overviews. Gain insight on the main duties of each profession, the work environment, training requirements, advancement prospects and more.

Medical-Surgical Hospital Nurse

Dan Bratton, RN, BSN, works rotating shifts at the medium sized (220 beds) Good Samaritan General Hospital. The day shift is busy because this is when physicians come in to see their patients and many diagnostic tests and therapies are scheduled.

Oncology Charge Nurse

Olivia Breef, RN, BSN, OCN, is a charge nurse in the oncology department at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. At the youthful age of 27, she has her oncology nursing certification (OCN) and manages a staff of TK nurses on her nightly shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. After she awoke from a morning?s sleep at 2 p.m., she shared with Vault her daily work routine taking care of cancer patients.

Physical Therapist

Generally speaking, there is no "typical day" for a physical therapist, since career paths and daily routines vary so widely. After two or three years of general practice, a physical therapist may find a special area of interest and devote energy and training to a specific patient population or specific treatment technique.

Practice Manager, GP Practice

Andrew Vickerstaff graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Engineering. He started work as a consultant in London before moving into management in manufacturing where he worked for a multinational firm based in the US making car parts. He helped establish a factory for that company in Hungary before the September 11 attacks in New York saw the "market fall off a cliff.