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Is it possible for an RN with extensive experience in adult ICU settings to move into ambulatory care?


Dear Donna,

I have been an RN for 14 years working solely at the bedside, mostly in the adult ICU setting. Since having children five years ago, I have worked 12 to 24 hours per week. My husband is in the Coast Guard and we move every two to four years. I have worked in seven different hospitals throughout my career. We moved to Florida back in July, and I am not currently working. My husband travels for six to eight weeks at a time.

Some days I really don’t miss nursing, but other days I wish I was taking care of patients. I am thinking that I would love to go into some kind of ambulatory setting but I’m not sure where to start. It seems hard to search for these positions online. Is this possible for someone like me? How do I find a job like this?

Wants to Help

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wants to Help,

There are many positions in the broad specialty of ambulatory care that offer part-time and home-based opportunities. With care shifting out of the hospitals and into that setting, you’d be moving in the right direction.

I suggest that you make plans to attend a local chapter meeting of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing ( as a guest. The vast majority of positions in any profession are filled by word of mouth. So this type of networking is a great way to learn about a specialty, including job opportunities and leads. When there’s something you want to do it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing it. Plus, joining and getting active in a nursing association would help to keep you more closely connected to your profession.

You can also contact some nursing agencies that do non-traditional (non-hospital) placement. They often have part-time and temp potions in school nursing, occupational health, telehealth and many other interesting specialties. This is a good way to try out a specialty while maintaining a
flexible schedule.

Best wishes,

By | 2015-01-09T00:00:00-05:00 January 9th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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