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Tuesday November 27, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I am 54 years old and have been a nurse working with patients for 34 years in a variety of clinical settings. My passions are wellness and fitness and I would like to find a way to combine these passions with a work-at-home situation. I am not a bad writer, but would probably need to improve my writing skills. Do you have any ideas about how I can combine my skills and interests into an income-earning venture?

Wellness Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wellness Nurse,

There are a variety of things you can do from home and build an entire practice/business around it. One would be to get paid for writing/blogging for websites, print publications and association newsletters. These might be publications or sites targeted to nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals, and consumers. Read “Develop the writer in you” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Writer).

Also, you can explore doing wellness and fitness coaching by phone. Coaching is very popular right now, and as an RN you would be uniquely qualified to coach in these areas. This is something you could do either as a self-employed nurse or working for an insurance company, even from home.

To learn more about these specialties, check out associations such as the International Coach Federation (www.coachfederation.org), the National Association of Fitness Nurses (www.fitnessnursing.com), and the American Holistic Nursing Association (www.ahna.org).

You should attend my “How to Start Your Own Business or Consulting Practice” and/or “Career Alternatives for Nurses” seminar, where I discuss many home-based opportunities. See where I'll be at www.Nurse.com/Events/CE-seminars.

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.