For religious reasons, I am forbidden to work Saturdays. For 25 years, this was never a problem. When I worked in the hospital (NICU) setting, I had a set Sun-Tues-Thurs, 12-hour, night schedule. I worked per diem in hospitals and home care, making my own schedule. I worked in school nursing (M-F) for almost 10 years.
I am now looking for a job and having a difficult time finding a place that fits my needs. The hospital jobs and home care positions (all part-time or per diem) require Saturday-Sunday availability, and very few clinics hire RNs. I was offered a per diem position in a post-partum clinic, but the offer was revoked when they learned I was not available on Saturdays. The clinic is open one Saturday a month.
With my restriction, a clinic seems to be the best place for me to work; but in this area, most hire medical assistants to perform nursing care, pay them $20/hr, and even refer to them as nurses. I do not want to return to school nursing.
I have additional experience as a health education instructor, certified lactation educator, and NRP/CPR/first aid instruction. Per your advice, I have contacted my state nursing association for an RN career coach referral, but they did not respond to my query. I have been unable to find an RN coach on my own.
Do you have any advice for me?
Dear Donna replies:
There are plenty of nursing positions with M-F hours. It seems you will need to look for one of these. These positions exist in the insurance industry, pharmaceutical industry, and some outpatient settings (besides school nursing and clinics.)
I would strongly urge you to attend one of my Career Alternatives for Nurses® seminars or use the home study version (http://www.nurse.com/ce/Career-Alternatives-for-Nurses or http://www.nurse.com/ce/Career-Alternatives-for-Nurses-2) to fully explore your options. You should also get out to Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek Career Fairs (http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Expo), nursing conventions, and professional association meetings such as your state nurses association even as a guest.
And to find an RN career coach, you can also contact your local edition of Nursing Spectrum or NurseWeek for a referral and do an Internet search for RN career coach. Since most coaching is done by phone, you dont need to find a coach who is geographically close to you.
Persistence and determination will always win out in the end!