Never too late to do work that's great

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“When I would tell someone that I was just starting nursing school,” Esta Grollman told me, “they’d say, ‘At your age?’”

Esta was in her late 30s when she decided to become a nurse. She had always been a nurturing, meticulous, resourceful woman with a quiet and quick sense of humor. So you’d think she could have gotten her start earlier. But even after early exposure to nursing, she didn’t think she was qualified.

When Esta was 18 and living with her family in Manhattan, there was a citywide strike of nurses’ aides. Esta and a school chum decided to help out by becoming hospital volunteer workers. When the strike ended, so did her friend’s interest in hospital work.

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