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Since I am now disabled, how would I find information on performing chart reviews at home?

Friday August 31, 2012
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Dear Donna,

Since I am now disabled, how would I find information on performing chart reviews at home?

Disabled Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Disabled Nurse,

There are several contacts you can make if you want to do this type of work at home. Start with a local chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurses Consultants (www.aalnc.org) to see if any of the members have work to subcontract out. It would be ideal to get out to some chapter meetings as a guest for the purposes of networking, but otherwise you can just call them.

Also, contact some universities in your area — those that offer nursing and other healthcare degrees. Speak to the dean or assistant dean and offer to assist with research studies.

Contact some social service agencies, such as the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, etc., about doing phone or computer work. Often, they have opportunities for nurses to work from home providing customer service and support, and social service agencies are generally very disability friendly.

These are just a few suggestions. You should contact those in your circle (both personal and professional) and let them know what you are looking for. Ask for leads, referrals, introductions and recommendations. The power of networking is that people know people who know other people. Networking is well known to be a very effective way to find a job, especially in special situations such as yours.

When you make your inquiries, don’t focus on your disability and what you can’t do — focus on your credentials and experience, and what you can do for them.

Best wishes,

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.