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Tuesday September 11, 2012
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Question:

Dear Donna,

I am an RN confused about what type of nursing I may find interesting. Can you give me direction on what courses to take? I’m desperately seeking guidance with nowhere to turn.

Confused RN

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Confused RN,

For starters, read the article “How to find your forte” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Forte), and follow the advice and exercises there.

It is important for you to go meet and talk with people. That would involve attending nursing career fairs, seminars and conferences. Also, it is a good idea to attend local chapter meetings of the American Nurses Association, even as a guest if you are not a member. Networking is well known to be a great way to explore options and find and get a job.

Volunteering on an association committee, workplace committee or special project is a good way to find out what you enjoy and what you’re good at. It also helps you expand your professional network, increase your confidence and learn new skills.

I also would encourage you to attend an upcoming Career Alternatives for Nurses (or other) seminar to explore your options fully. See what's coming up at www.Nurse.com/Events.

You can consider consulting an RN career coach (as opposed to a non-nurse career coach). To find one, ask around, do an Internet search or get a referral by calling your state chapter of the American Nurses Association.

Start creating positive momentum by networking, volunteering and attending nursing events. You never know from where the spark, idea, information or opportunity will come. By moving in a positive direction, the right path will reveal itself eventually.

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.