Koller and Brown stress that anyone interested in working in health care can do so at any age and to stay fearless and honest.
“Go for it — go all in,” said Koller. “You’re never too old to do anything. If [health care] is what you really want to do, do it.”
Koller is truly passionate about working in an academic health center, as it allows her to learn from other nurses, residents and physicians. She also appreciates how everyone works together so easily, no matter their title or responsibilities.
For Brown, being in medicine for 21 years has allowed him to see patients recover after experiencing trauma. He remembers one instance, during which he loaded a 17-year-old patient into an ambulance after the teen experienced cardiac arrest. The teen was a star swimmer and tennis player for a local high school. It was tough for Brown to see such a young and seemingly healthy person in an emergency situation, but thankfully, the teen recovered and is doing fine.
“Being able to see the after-effect, the patient who can walk away and live after experiencing an emergency, is the most rewarding part of my job,” said Brown.
Brown’s advice, along with not being afraid to change your career, is to own your mistakes and grow from them. He encourages those interested in health care to do things in confidence and not arrogance, and grow from constructive criticism.
UF Health Jacksonville stands ready to handle emergencies 24/7 with highly qualified, board-certified emergency medicine physicians and experienced, compassionate nurses and staff.