I have been doing utilization review and similar non bedside jobs for the past six years. I want to go back to bedside care. What should I do to get back into it?
Dear Donna replies:
Start by making contact with area hospital nurse recruiters and ask about your eligibility for a bedside position. If most of them recommend that you take a nursing refresher course, then you should consider that. Read “Re-entering the Workforce” http://news.nurse.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006603270304. Even though you’ve been in the workforce, most of the advice in this article pertains to returning to bedside nursing, including how to find a refresher course.
You should also join and get active in your state chapter of the American Nurses Association, www.ana.org, if not already a member. If you are a member, get out regularly to meetings. You can even attend as a guest at first if you wish. This is a good way to get up to date with issues, trends, and knowledge, build a support system and make valuable contacts. Networking is well known to be a great way to find and get any job.
I also suggest that you attend nursing career fairs in your area. This is a good way to speak to many prospective employers in one place, find out how marketable you are, hone your networking and self-marketing skills, and expand your network. See what’s coming up in your area http://www.nurse.com/careerfairs/. Read “How to Get the Most Out of Attending a Career Fair” http://www.dcardillo.com/articles/fair.html
Transitioning is a process, so be patient with the process and with yourself. Persistence and determination will always win out in the end!
Best wishes, Donna