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Christian Forbess

I had this same problem when I was in college. My grandma always told me I should become a nurse but the idea of sticking needles into people was a big turnoff. I then decided I wanted to become an elementary school teacher. I had worked with my mom in her classroom my whole life and knew that working with children was my calling. The teaching market nowadays is very competitive so I could not find that sort of job. I actually stumbled upon running pediatric sleep studies. Look up information on a polysomnagraphic technologist. Basically you get the opportunity to learn all about sleep, what causes certain things to happen while you're sleeping, health issues that can arise from getting bad sleep and the different respiratory events that can cause apnea. I started off running studies on adults and then transitioned to running pediatric studies. This can test your patience though. You are required to place wires on the child's head, face, legs and put an oxygen tube in their nose. These are required to monitor their sleep stages, movements, oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output. But these studies can help be early signs of mental disabilities in children, can test them for early signs of narcolepsy and help their parents understand that getting your child in a routine of sleep can actually prevent damage to their body in the future. Though sometimes the children are difficult you get that one on one time with a child. Personally I love getting to know these children and leave with a sense of accomplishment knowing that I could have helped better their quality of life

Answered 9 years ago

Christian Forbess