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How can a nurse find a new job in another state?

Dear Donna,

I’ve worked in the field of substance abuse at the same place for 32 years. I have worked my way to a nurse administrator. I hate it as my duties are enough for five people. I am able to retire. How can I find a new job in another state?

Same Place for 32 Years

Dear Same Place for 32 Years.

It sounds like it’s time for a change! Start making plans now to process your retirement by giving notice at your place of employment as some employers require that this be done well in advance of your last day.

Before you begin to look for a job in another state, take a step back to take time to reflect, refresh and consider options. Read “Is Retirement an Ending or New Beginning?” to get you started on the process of making the transition to something new.

A good way to explore options and make contacts in another state, plus get a sense of the overall opportunities in a new place, would be to attend a career fair in the state where you plan to move. See what career fairs are being held in your area.

You can contact nursing agencies in the area where you are moving, those that do non-traditional placement if that’s the type of work you want to do. Taking part-time and temp work while you get settled in a new location is a good transition strategy. Some agencies even do full-time regular placement.

After 32 years in the same place, schedule some time off if you can between jobs to gain perspective and recharge your batteries. Read “Get ready to relocate” for some additional tips and advice.


Best Wishes,




By | 2021-05-07T16:37:01-04:00 May 27th, 2015|Categories: Nursing Careers and Jobs|0 Comments

About the Author:

Donna Cardillo
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, is president of 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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