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Can you provide tips to help a nurse who has been out of the workforce for 20 years find a part-time nursing job?

Question:

Dear Donna,

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 don’t 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 can’t 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 you’re going to be doing anything of a clinical or hands-on nature, even as a volunteer.

Best wishes,
Donna

By | 2014-11-14T00:00:00-05:00 November 14th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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