I have more than 35 years experience as a RN. I have been suspended the past two years for mental health issues that are being addressed, and I should be reinstated soon. How do I procure employment after a suspension and being out of the workforce for two years? I have 19 stipulations from the state with which I must comply. Where should I look for work?
Dear Donna replies:
Because of the multiple stipulations and other issues, I suggest that you seek a low-stress re-entry position working for a social service agency such as a local chapter of the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. Social service agencies are disability-friendly, and they almost all have paying positions for nurses to do education, customer service, phone counseling/follow-up and more.
Also, volunteering in one of these agencies is a perfect way to get your foot in the door and ease your way back into the workforce. With your care providers permission, you should start doing that now. Since volunteering often leads to paid employment, this is a good job-finding strategy to use.
Be sure to visit the site www.ExceptionalNurse.com for nurses with disabilities. You can find others there with a similar challenge to yours to mentor, advise and support you.