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Wednesday September 5, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I graduated in 2006 with a BSN and most of my experience is in CVICU and occupational health. I would like a change of pace. My ideal job would be traveling Monday through Friday across the state of Georgia, or the whole country. The problem is in looking for these opportunities, all I find are traveling nurse positions. How should I narrow my search?

Wants to Travel

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wants to Travel,

Often, there are positions with city, county and state government agencies and entities that require nurses to travel throughout the state. These positions might include nursing home surveyor, foster care nurse, which involves checking on children in foster care homes, state school nurse consultant, daycare surveyor and others. Start contacting these agencies and entities. Begin with the public health departments (city, county and state) and those agencies that oversee the welfare of children and the elderly. Speak to any nurses who work there and do an informational interview (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing) with them.

Then there is pharmaceutical research. Each company and project has varying amounts of travel associated with it, both local and national. You might work directly for a pharmaceutical company, for a contract research organization, or through a nursing agency in a contract or temp role.

Then there is medical product/service sales and marketing. You are on the road all the time, visiting customers and clients, attending conferences and conventions, etc. Contact companies directly, especially those who have products and services that you have used in your clinical nursing practice. These companies love to have nurses working for them and may have many other positions available.

These are just a few of the possibilities. I recommend you attend nursing career fairs as well as local meetings of your state chapter of the American Nurses Association (www.nursingworld.org) and/or specialty association, even as a guest. There are great networking opportunities at state, national nursing and healthcare conventions, especially in the vendor/exhibit hall. This is a great way to learn about opportunities and make valuable professional contacts. Networking is well known to be a great way to explore options and find a job. See what's coming up http://www.Nurse.com/Events/Career-fairs

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.