Nursing Lifestyle

Celebrities Who Began Their Career As Nurses

Other celebrities, like Ken Jeong and Lisa Kudrow, also got their start in the medical field

Some celebrities also started out in a different career in the medical field. Some have chosen to become doctors, while others studied medicine before they decided to go into acting or music.

Ken Jeong

Ken Jeong was Mr. Chow in The Hangover (2009), but before that he worked as a stand-up comedian while completing his residency in internal medicine at a medical center in New Orleans. Although Jeong is not a nurse, he is in the medical community, and his bedside manner is probably side-splitting.

Emeli Sande

Emeli Sande is a singer/songwriter from Great Britain, and she has written music for Leona Lewis and Rihanna. Even Simon Cowell loves Emili Sande! In 2010 she had a record deal with Virgin Records and was on her way to fame. Before Sande became a songwriting star, she studied medicine at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She dropped out in her fourth year, but if her music career fails, she can still go back to the medical field.

Harry Hill

Harry Hill is a British comedian who loves to be in front of a microphone. Hill trained in neurosurgery at the University of London. He gave up being a brain surgeon because he “didn’t feel in control of what was happening.” If you want to see more of Harry before he goes back to neurosurgery, watch his show “Harry Hill’s TV Burp” on ITV.

Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow has always seemed like an air-head and a funny lady, but Kudrow has a brilliant mind. She completed a psychobiology degree at Vassar College, and her goal was to do medical research and work with her surgeon father. Kudrow was inspired to become an actor, and Kudrow is excellent at what she does. But if she wants to have a career in the medical field, it's there for whenever she would like to return.

Pau Gasol

If you are a basketball fan, you know of Pau Gasol who plays with the Los Angeles Lakers. Gasol grew up in Barcelona, Spain and attended the University of Barcelona seeking a medical degree. His inspiration for a medical career was Magic Johnson and his public announcement of his HIV-positive status. Pau wanted to attend medical school, become a doctor, and help find a cure for HIV. But instead he followed Magic’s footsteps and went into basketball instead.

Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton was an incredible and very lucrative author of hundreds of books. His goal was to pursue a literary life, but he attended medical school instead. Crichton attended Harvard University to become a doctor. However, he wrote while in medical school, and his novels took off. Too bad, Crichton would have been an incredible asset to the medical field.

Photo source: Ken Jeong by Gage Skidmore