I have been out of nursing for 20 years raising children and taking care of a sick relative. I would like to work as a nurse part time but dont want to return to the hospital. Any suggestions?
Wants to Return to Nursing
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Wants to Return to Nursing,
I would suggest you contact some nursing or healthcare employment agencies that do nontraditional placement (some only do hospital bedside nursing). Even some non-healthcare agencies have occasional positions for nurses. These agencies are a good start for you because many of the opportunities they get are either part time or temporary.
I would contact some area public health departments, too. Many offer flu shot clinics this time of year and need some part-time seasonal help.
If you cant find paid work right away, start doing volunteer work as a nurse. This is a good way to ease your way back into the paid employment market. Volunteer work provides some recent relevant experience to put on your resume and helps you to build what I call work stamina, which you may need after being out of the workforce. Look for volunteer positions with a public health department (if no paid work is available), a free clinic or the American Red Cross. Once you get a foot in the door,
part-time employment opportunities may come up.
Be sure to get your nursing liability insurance up to date if youre going to be doing anything of a clinical or hands-on nature, even as a volunteer.