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I was recently let go. Do I put this job on my resume? I have limited nursing experience and no hospital experience. Where do I go from here?

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Dear Donna,

I have been a nurse for over 30 years, but an RN for 12 years. I have recently been released from my position as a healthcare specialist at a day hab. I had been on a probationary period, as this was my second position with this company; in total, I had only been there for six months. Do I put this company on my resume? I have limited nursing experience.

Basically, most of my jobs were working with developmentally delayed individuals adults and children. I need some advice on which direction to go, as my nursing experience is limited and being terminated from a position is devastating. I have no hospital experience at all. I only have an associate degree.

Paula

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Paula,

Your questions are challenging for me to address with the limited information I have available to me. It sounds like you are in need of some one-on-one career coaching. I recommend that you seek out an RN career coach who can help you navigate your way through this challenging time.

An RN career coach is ideal because non-nurse coaches and counselors typically do not understand the full scope of what nurses do, the diversity of opportunities available to them and the unique skill set that nurses possess. Find a coach through your state chapter of the American Nurses Association (whether or not you are a member), by asking your contacts, through the International Coach Federation or by doing an Internet search for “RN Career Coach.”

You also can check with local community colleges. Some of them have career services for members of the community, and they may be able to help or give you a referral. Some counties also have similar services. Seek out the help you need to get your career — and life — back on track.

You may find this article helpful: “Picking Up the Pieces of Your Career” at
www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Pieces.

Sending prayers and good wishes your way!
Donna

By | 2010-10-12T00:00:00-04:00 October 12th, 2010|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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