Second Career: From Sitcom Writer to Nursing

William Kenny was a successful television sitcom writer. Caryn Stapler spent 25 years at JP Morgan Chase, working in finance and human resources jobs. For reasons as different as their professional backgrounds, both eventually found their way into nursing.

There are 2.6 million registered nurses, which makes the field the largest in the health care industry, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The profession is expected to grow 22% by 2018, driven by advances in technology, a greater emphasis on preventative care, and an increased demand for health care by aging Baby Boomers.

With such an upbeat outlook it's no wonder that more people are finding their way into nursing as a second career. Here are the stories of two people who did.