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Today's Takeaway with Florine Mark

Mar 8, 2021

Dr. Laurie Lauzon Clabon, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, former Dean of Wayne University’s College of Nursing


Over the past year, so many people have lost their jobs and are still struggling to find work. Perhaps it’s time to think outside the box. Instead of seeking employment in the same field that’s failed to bring opportunities, it could be time to try a different approach. What can you do differently that might lead to a great career in another industry? Go where the job opportunities are plentiful and think of ways you might be of service to others in the community. For example, one area where there is a growing demand is nursing. When we help others, it can also have a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves.


In March of 2020, I interviewed Dr. Laurie Lauzon Clabo. At the time, she was the Dean of Wayne State University’s College of Nursing. Now, she is the University’s Interim Provost and Professor. Today we’d like to replay this episode, not only in recognition of all of Dr. Clabo’s accomplishments and of the heroic nurses worldwide, but it may also inspire some of you to consider this wonderful field of nursing.


What You’ll Hear on This Episode:


  • Where and how did Laurie grow up?
  • How did Laurie’s nursing career begin?
  • What Laurie enjoyed about working in the ICU.
  • The many paths to nursing and the different roles and duties.
  • Diversity in today’s nursing.
  • What are a nurse practitioner and a physician’s assistant?
  • What are the different degrees in nursing?
  • Why does Laurie think nursing receives little recognition?
  • Challenges and barriers facing nursing students.
  • What is it like to be a nurse?
  • Laurie’s thoughts on the coronavirus.
  • What kind of salaries do nurses get?
  • Thoughts on the nursing shortage.
  • How does Laurie prepare her students to take care of themselves?
  • What advice does Laurie have for family members that have loved ones in a nurse’s care?



Today’s Takeaway:

Being out of work is especially stressful. The constant rejection in applying for jobs without finding work can really take its toll on our mental health as well as finances. In today’s episode, Dr. Clabon inspired us to find something that gives us joy and brings meaning to our lives. Sometimes we can get trapped in the way we think and we don’t even give ourselves the chance to see other opportunities that might lead to even greater fulfillment. Hopefully, today we’ve opened your eyes to see how there might be another career path that will bring you happiness in helping others. It might be going to nursing school, or being an assistant nurse, as there are many things you can do in the nursing field. Or perhaps this conversation inspired you to look into another field where you can help others. Remember, every single day is a gift and it shouldn’t be taken for granted. Hopefully many, or all, of us are healthy and having a little fun. Let’s make our own happiness and health a priority. Before we take care of others, we have to take care of ourselves mentally, physically, and most of all, spiritually. I thank all of you for listening and I encourage everyone to practice gratitude for being alive, especially in this country, every day. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”

Brought to You By:

Florine Mark


Mentioned in This Episode:

Dr. Laurie Lauzon Clabo

Wayne State University College of Nursing