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Does a nurse with many years of experience in med/surg, ICU and outpatient need a life coach for his next step?


Dear Donna,

I am an RN with a, BSN for 34 years, and I have worked 17 years almost always full time in hospital med-surg or ICU,recovery. The last 17 years were in an ambulatory surgery center. I have enjoyed these years in outpatient care, but I find it’s time to move on. I don’t know if this is looking for a new career or for a less demanding job. I enjoy patient teaching but find the pace less than ideal. What would be your suggestion at this time? Do I need a life coach
for direction?

Needs Something Less Demanding

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Needs Something Less Demanding,

Clearly it’s time for a change. The good news is nursing offers so many more and varied opportunities than most realize. And many of them do not involve any direct patient care.

A great starting point for you would be to attend my Career Alternatives for
Nurses seminar later this month:
( The program also is available in a home-study version:
(, which you will find on the nursing continuing education page. Just scroll down to find the Career Alternatives course.

You also should get out to career fairs in your area. This is a great way to test the waters and see what else is out there. Talk to nontraditional employers and to agencies that do nontraditional placement.

You just never know from where the idea, information, contact or opportunity for a new job will come. But you have to get yourself out there. These events also are a great place to sharpen your self-marketing and networking skills which can get rusty when you’ve been in one place for a long time. See what’s coming up in your area ( Read “How to get the most out of attending a career fair (

I don’t think you need a life coach unless it is a nurse coach who is familiar with the vast nontraditional options in nursing as well as the broad and varied skill set and knowledge base of an experienced nurse like you.

Since you enjoy teaching, consider taking an interim job such as an educator for the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association or any other social service agency. They have many paid positions for nurses. Sometimes you need to completely pull away from what you’re doing while you consider what your next move might be. It also is stimulating to work in a totally different kind of setting, meet new people and learn new skills. Once you get into a setting like this, you might even find long-term opportunities for yourself that you enjoy.

Transitioning is a process and can take a little time so be patient with yourself. Create some positive career momentum by taking the above suggestions. Just start moving forward in faith and the right path will eventually reveal itself.

Best wishes.

By | 2014-09-30T00:00:00-04:00 September 30th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Nursing Careers and Jobs|0 Comments

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