According to recent information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the education and health services sector in San Jose has seen a steady increase in new jobs for six consecutive months. With an hourly mean wage much higher than the national average, nursing careers in the San Jose area can be a satisfying and rewarding profession. For career advice and insight, Rhonda Collins, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer of San Jose-based Vocera Communications, Inc., offered to share her experience as a health care expert, in addition to valuable tips for people interested in pursuing a nursing career. 

(Photo Courtesy of Rhonda Collins)

(Photo Courtesy of Rhonda Collins)

What is your background and education?

“I have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Tech University and a master’s in nursing administration from University of Texas. I started my nursing career as a labor & delivery nurse in West Texas. I loved my job and spent 14 years caring for patients. I moved into management roles and eventually executive leadership roles within the hospitals. In 2003, I moved into the health care industry because I wanted to influence nursing on a more global level.”

What do you love about health care?

“I love the variety of opportunities. Wherever there are people, there is a need for health care. It is a career that is almost recession proof, you are caring for people who need your expertise and there is tremendous satisfaction in contributing to the overall good of caring for your fellow-man.”

What advice can you share for people interested in entering a career in health care?

“Always be open to new experiences. Love what you do. Always understand that caring for the profession of nursing through teaching or working for companies who develop technologies or products for health care can bring great satisfaction. You are ensuring the health of the profession and patients for years to come.”

Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on


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