I have been out of the nursing profession for eight years. My license is current. I used to work Mother/Baby and NICU (not L&D). I have small children, and family remains my priority. Should I go back to hospital nursing, which is not flexible in scheduling but would get my skills back up, or can I work in a clinic that has slightly better hours? Would a clinic offer enough training for me? Since this is a nerve-wracking experience, Im leaning more toward going into a clinic setting to ease back into the profession. What do you think?
Dear Donna replies:
You dont mention what your ultimate goal is. If you are simply looking to reenter the workforce and have regular hours, then by all means go after clinic positions. There is less stress and more regular hours. And you probably wouldnt need to take a refresher course. If that suits your needs for the time being, you can always consider hospital or other avenues in the future. You have to do what works best for you and your family.
In terms of available training, every employer is different. So apply for positions you hear about and start making phone calls to prospective employers. Be sure to network with family, friends, and former colleagues to let them know what youre looking for.
I do recommend that you join and get active in your state nurses association to help you get reconnected. Also, many nurses reentering the workforce have told me that they found Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional helpful to get restarted. You can buy the book at http://www.nurse.com/CE/7010.
You may find this article helpful: Reentering the Workforce at http://www.dcardillo.com/articles/reenterwork.html.
My best wishes,
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrums Dear Donna and author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional. To ask Donna your question, go to www.nurse.com/asktheexperts/deardonna. Find a Dear Donna seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.