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I am looking for a change and would like to work in an infusion unit. How do I prepare myself to get a job in this field?

Tuesday August 21, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I have been an RN for 24 years and have worked in a hospital as a staff nurse and OR nurse. But mostly I have worked in ambulatory care as a staff nurse for an office and surgery center. I am looking for a change and would like to work in an infusion unit. How do I prepare myself to get a job in this field?

Looking for a Change

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Looking for a Change,

When there's something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing it. Start doing some informational interviewing (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing) with other infusion nurses. Attend local chapter meetings of the Infusion Nurses Society (www.ins1.org) as a guest for now. Networking is well-known to be a very effective way to find a job.

Consider getting IV-certified, if you aren't currently, as a way to make yourself more marketable. You may find this article helpful: “How to change specialties” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/ChangeSpecialties).

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’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.