I am a diploma graduate RN and have no inclination to participate in the RN-to-BSN degree program. I have more than 25 years of nursing experience in many different aspects of nursing. I have a full-time position in hospice care, but I am burned out and would like to move into a more sedate area such as wound care. Is it worth doing a wound care course (at great expense), taking into consideration most hospitals/clinics expect nurses to have a BSN? Are there any positions left in nursing that would accept my nursing qualification? I still need to work several more years before retirement.
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Diploma Graduate,
There are still non-hospital employers who would be willing to hire you based on your experience alone. But since every employer is different, this will vary from place to place.
Taking a course in wound care, even an expensive one, will not guarantee you will get a related job. If you really want to pursue this specialty, I suggest you attend local chapter meetings of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Association (www.WOCN.org) as a guest for now. Make appointments to do some informational interviewing with their officers and members. When there’s something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those successfully doing it. Plus networking is a very effective way to find job openings and get interviews. Read “How to change specialties” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Change-Specialties).
There are so many possible avenues for you to pursue. I suggest you do more searching to explore options. Get out to nursing career fairs in your area. Some non-traditional employers usually exhibit there, as well as agencies doing non-traditional placement. See what’s coming up in your area (http://www.Nurse.com/events/career-fairs). Read “How to get the most out of attending a career fair”(www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Career-fair) to get the most out of attending one of these events.
I also suggest you attend my Career Alternatives for Nurses seminar (www.nurse.com/events/ce-seminars) to thoroughly explore your options, identify transferable skills and get up to date with self-marketing and networking techniques. See where I’ll be (www.Nurse.com/events/ce-seminars).
Dont put all your career hopes in one basket until you do more investigating. You have more options than you realize. You just have to look in the right places and utilize new skills to uncover them and get hired. Try the things I mention above and start to move forward.