According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022. As demand for health care services increases in San Francisco, so will the demand for more nurses. But nursing positions are not just limited to working in hospitals. That’s part of the advice from Seth-Deborah Roth, a retired Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) who now has her own business as a Certified Hypnosis Instructor, Hypnotherapy for Health, and trains nurses in medical hypnosis.

(Photo Courtesy of Seth-Deborah Roth)

(Photo Courtesy of Seth-Deborah Roth)

What is your background and education?

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“I graduated with a degree in nursing in the Bronx, New York before entering Oncology Nursing. Eventually I was offered a year’s training in a 12-room O.R. From there, I worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan before studying Nurse Anesthesia at Kings County Hospital Center. I later moved to California when I got married, and then worked at various hospitals in the East Bay. I then studied hypnosis, and now am a fellow with the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists.”

What did you like most about nursing?

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“My mom was a nurse and told me it was a good profession because you could always get a job. This is very true, especially in today’s economy. The feeling of helping people is very rewarding. The feeling at being good at what you do is also very rewarding. However, I loved the feeling of being skilled at what I did in the operating room whether it was as a scrub nurse or an anesthetist.”

What career advice can you offer to someone interested in a career in nursing or health care?

“What I have found is that you can use your medical knowledge to expand your career. Get the knowledge; get good at what you do. At the same time, don’t allow yourself to be limited to thinking you just have to work at a hospital. I have my private Medical Hypnosis practice now. My years of medical knowledge and experience lent itself to working with clients and having a nice easy retirement. Go as high as you can go in your field.”

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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