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Friday February 3, 2012
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Dear Donna.

I have been an RN for 28 years. I recently had back surgery and have a lifting restriction. The hospital where I work will not let me work with restrictions so I am trying to find a new job. I have worked in many areas, including med/surg, chemical dependency and same-day surgery. I would appreciate some kind of format to follow in writing my resume and advice on getting a nursing job that requires minimal lifting.


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Deb,

The great thing about nursing is there are a variety of positions, work settings and types of work. So there is something for everyone. Many positions do not require any lifting. It’s too bad that your current employer can’t find something for you in a nontraditional role, such as case management, advice line nurse, utilization review, etc. Has this been discussed? Read “Working With a Disability” (http://www.dcardillo.com/articles/savecareer106.html). Regarding your resume, you'll find the best format, samples and advice in the book “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses” (www.nurse.com/ce/7250). I am not aware of any good online samples. Although many samples exist, most are outdated or ineffective.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’s “Dear Donna” 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.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/asktheexperts/deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.