From Combat to Care-Giver
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This qualitative study was designed to research the lived experiences of post-9/11 veterans, including their service in the military, exiting the military, and transitioning into higher education to become nurses. As these veterans entered the healing profession, their change in career path was of significant interest. Their warzone stories are presented as Burkean (1945, 1950) dramatisms with Schlossberg’s (1995) transition theory used to assess their journey through higher education. This study provides a glimpse of the veterans’ consequential motivations for seeking new meaning and purpose in their lives by becoming nurses, as told in their own words.