Medical Monday: Mid-life career change leads to nursing dream job

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Barry Cobb has been a full-time nurse at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center for five months.

Nurse graphic by MGN.

"I love it. I love it. I meet so many different people from rich, poor, different diversities," said Cobb, whose dream of becoming a nurse started when he was a diesel mechanic in the army.

"One of my fellow soldiers got injured, and I was first on the scene and had to hold compression and stop the bleeding. When the medic showed up, they just pushed me out of the way and started working on this guy like a fine oiled machine, and I was just amazed by it."

After the army, Cobb got a corporate job, but his desire for nursing never went away. Eventually, he left his 20-year corporate career, and went back to school.

Cobb says it's never too late to pursue your dreams. He's living proof and is making a big impact on the patients he treats.

"I get a sense of achievement at the end of the day."