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Does a nurse with many years of experience in med/surg, ICU and outpatient need a life coach for his next step?
Question: Dear Donna, I am an RN with a, BSN for 34 years, and I have worked 17 years almost always full time in hospital med-surg or ICU,recovery. The last 17 years were in an ambulatory surgery center. I have enjoyed these years in outpatient care, but I find it's time to move on. I don't know if this is looking for a new career or for a less demanding job. I enjoy patient teaching but find the pace less than...READ MORE »
I would like to apply for a job in staff development where I'm employed, but wonder if it's okay to speak with nurses who work there?
Question: Dear Donna, I have been working at a hospital for 12 years. I am enrolled in an MSN program and am due to graduate in May. I would like to apply for a job in staff development. I'm not sure whether to talk to the nurses who work in that department, or if I would even qualify. What do you think? Wants to Work In Staff Development Dear Donna replies: Dear Wants to Work In Staff Development, Now is the...READ MORE »
Any suggestions as to what areas I can apply my legal nurse consulting skills without having recent clinical experience?
Question: Dear Donna, I have been a legal nurse consultant for 17 years. Recently, my position was eliminated due to downsizing. I am not interested in applying to another law firm or starting my own LNC business. Instead, I would like to change career paths. I would love a career where I can still use my LNC skills, but I do not know where to start. Any suggestions as to what areas I can apply those skills without...READ MORE »
On job applications, is it okay to answer "No" when it is asked if my current employer can be contacted?
Question: Dear Donna, On job applications, they often ask if they can contact your current employer. I don't want my current employer to know I am looking for a job but I don't want to sound like I'm hiding anything with the prospective new employer. Is it okay to answer "No" without disqualifying myself? Discreet Job Seeker Dear Donna replies: Dear Discreet Job Seeker, It is normal for a job applicant to not want...READ MORE »
A RN friend of mine was denied a job due to her chronic pain and being on medication. What would her best action be and would this be considered a disability?
Question: Dear Donna, A friend of mine who is an RN was denied a job due to her chronic pain and being on a delayed release medication. Her PM clinic did not have a conflict with her working while being on this medication. The doctor at the employee health center wanted her off the medication and sent a letter stating the PM clinic would no longer prescribe any narcotics to her even though they always monitored her...READ MORE »
One year ago my three-year probation was lifted but I still cannot find a job. Do you have any advice?
Question: Dear Donna, My license was put on probation for three years for unprofessional conduct. What happened was I was getting pain medications from the ED and my doctor before I had surgery. I worked the entire time my license was on unrestricted probation. One year ago, the probation was lifted but I still cannot find a job. I have been clean and sober for five years but no one seems to care, and I cannot even...READ MORE »
Is the use of medication aides taking jobs away from nurses?
Question: I noticed in an assisted living facility while the RN is doing things like colostomy care and wound care, the medication aide is administering really important medications. I'm not clear on the RN role. Is the use of medication aides taking jobs away from nurses? Wondering About Assisted Living Nursing Dear Donna replies: Dear Wondering About Assisted Living Nursing, Many states have long allowed...READ MORE »
What can a nurse with an ADN degree, who is having a difficult time finding a job, do?
Question: Dear Donna, I am a nurse who graduated four years ago with ADN degree. I had a hard time passing the NCLEX and changed careers. In the midst of all this change my parents got very ill, and I had to be the sole caretaker and fell in love with nursing all over again. I tried again and passed the NCLEX, but now I am having a hard time finding a job. Every hospital that is hiring requires a BSN. I am looking...READ MORE »
Is it true that once I graduate, I need 2 years of experience in med/surg?
Question: Dear Donna, I am a student nurse in her third year of a BSN program, and I don't like med-surg nursing. Everyone is telling me I will have to work in med-surg for two years before going elsewhere. Is that really true? If it is true, I don't think I will make it. Should I just throw in the towel now and not waste any more time or try to tough it out? Doesn't Like Med-surg Dear Donna replies: Dear Doesn't...READ MORE »
Should an RN with a BSN, who has not worked as an RN in several years, take a refresher course to get a clinical position?
Question: Dear Donna, I am an RN with a BSN, who has been looking for a nursing position for over a year now. I have six years of postpartum/nursery experience and five years of experience completing medical review audits for a Medicare contractor. My last nursing job was in 2007 with the Medicare contractor. I have worked temporarily for flu shot/wellness clinics for private companies. I also started a small...READ MORE »
Am I out of touch in sending handwritten thank you notes to individuals who interview me for a job?
Question: Dear Donna, You recently advised someone in your online column to send a typed thank you letter after an interview. I had always been told to send a handwritten note. Am I out of touch? Out of Touch Dear Donna replies: Dear Out of Touch, While handwritten follow-up notes after an interview were once the norm, in the technology-driven world we live in, typed letters are now considered the norm and are...READ MORE »
How important is it for me to get an MSN as opposed to an MA in something else?
Question: Dear Donna, How important is it for me to get an MSN as opposed to an MA in something else? Will it hurt my future career opportunities if I don't have an MSN? I don't plan to stay in the hospital setting. Not Sure About an MSN Dear Donna replies: Dear Not Sure About an MSN, If you don't plan to stay in the hospital or clinical setting and don't intend to teach nurses in a college setting, then an MSN is...READ MORE »
Will working as a patient care tech while I'm in school count as experience once I graduate?
Question: Dear Donna, I am a student nurse who will graduate in 2015. I know the job market is tough out there and recruiters are asking for experience. Will working as a patient care tech while I'm in school count as experience? It will be difficult for me to work while going to school, but I will do it if it will help me get a job after graduation. Concerned Student Nurse Dear Donna replies: Dear Concerned Student...READ MORE »
What is the difference is between case manager and care manager?
Question: Dear Donna, Can you tell me what the difference is between case manager and care manager? I am seeing openings for both, and I am confused about the difference, if any, between them. Confused Dear Donna replies: Dear Confused, There is a distinct difference between the two positions. Nurse case managers focus on care coordination, financial management and resource utilization to yield cost-effective...READ MORE »
How can a psych nurse who wants to transition into med/surg nursing make her resume more marketable?
Question: Dear Donna, I have been working as a psychiatric nurse for three years and would like to apply for a medical/surgical position. How can I make my resume more marketable? Psych Nurse Who Wants Med-Surg Dear Donna replies: Dear Psych Nurse Who Wants Med-Surg, For starters, know the hospital job market for nurses is rapidly changing and evolving. Hospitals are slowly downsizing as more care is delivered in...READ MORE »