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What is the first step in transitioning away from bedside nursing?


Dear Donna,

I have been a nurse for eight years and would like to do something other than bedside nursing. However, I am unsure of what to do and would like some advice. I have worked telemetry med/surg. I do not think I am a critical care person. What should I do next?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Althea,

Start by reading the article “How to Find Your Forte” ( It will help you to begin the process of conducting a self-assessment, an important first step in making a transition.

You can begin your search for alternatives by perusing some of the nontraditional options at This is only a partial list of what’s available but will set the wheels in motion toward making a change.

You would benefit greatly from attending my Career Alternatives for Nurses seminar. Because of high demand, we have added many new dates and locations for this seminar so more nurses can access the material. See where I’ll be at The list is updated regularly, so check back if you don’t see a seminar that works for you. The program also is available in a home-study version.

You also should attend nursing career fairs, facility open house events (nontraditional employers) and professional association meetings. You never know where the spark, idea, inspiration or opportunity will come from. Put yourself out there and your world will start to expand.

My best wishes,


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By | 2010-08-20T00:00:00-04:00 August 20th, 2010|Categories: Blogs, Nursing Careers and Jobs|0 Comments

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