I have been an RN for 24 years and have worked in a hospital as a staff nurse and OR nurse. But mostly I have worked in ambulatory care as a staff nurse for an office and surgery center. I am looking for a change and would like to work in an infusion unit. How do I prepare myself to get a job in this field?
Looking for a Change
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Looking for a Change,
When there’s something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing it. Start doing some informational interviewing (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing) with other infusion nurses. Attend local chapter meetings of the Infusion Nurses Society (www.ins1.org) as a guest for now. Networking is well-known to be a very effective way to find a job.
Consider getting IV-certified, if you aren’t currently, as a way to make yourself more marketable. You may find this article helpful: How to change specialties (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/ChangeSpecialties).