What other non nursing home jobs help the elderly?

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Q: Dear Donna,

I have eight years of experience on the postpartum floor of a women’s and children’s hospital and am looking to relocate to be closer to my children. I love what I do but feel a change would be good. I really love the older population. I do some home nursing and each and every time I see a patient I am reminded why I do home nursing. They deserve good care. Do you have suggestions on what type of job I could transition into as I relocate that could allow me to work with the elderly population while not necessarily being in a nursing home?

Likes to Work with the Elderly

A: Dear Likes to Work with the Elderly,

Gerontology is a growing specialty in nursing. I suggest that you look into adult day service facilities, assisted living – very different from nursing home care – and even independent living facilities. Many retirement communities have a health clinic onsite.

You might also consider becoming a geriatric care manager. This is different than home care nursing and is a hot trend. Learn more about the specialty from the Aging Life Care Association.

I also suggest that you start networking with members of the National Gerontological Nurses Society. Find out if they have local meetings or events in your area and attend. Also do some informational interviewing  with members and officers to learn more about local opportunities. Read my article, “The scoop on informational interviewing,” for tips on how to conduct an informational interview.

Best wishes,



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Donna Cardillo
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, is president of DonnaCardillo.com. Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, and author of "Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional" and "The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career." She brings more than 25 years of clinical, management and business experience to her role as career guru.


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    saintanthony April 24, 2020 at 5:09 am - Reply

    Nursing home jobs are not easy you must be fully dedicated to your job. Your patient’s health is your duty and responsibility too.

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    Wiwik October 30, 2020 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Yes, working as nursing is not that easy. We must be strong enough and healthy, and we must be patient. I really love to take care of the elderly.

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