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I'm an LPN, but have not been working. I need to go back to work at least part-time. What kind of job should I try to find?

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I am an active LPN in Georgia, but I recently moved to Florida. Because I am caring for an ailing parent, I have not been working. I can't afford the endorsement fees in Florida but need to go back to work at least part-time. I am unsure what type of positions I would be qualified for. What kind of job should I try to find?

Going Broke

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Going Broke,

Although the endorsement fee is $218, it might be worth the investment by increasing your employment opportunities and salary. But if you opt not to take that route, it would make sense for you to look for a patient care tech or nurses aide position if you want to work in the direct patient care realm. Make direct contact with any healthcare facilities, including hospitals, assisted living facilities, and subacute, rehab, long-term care and hospice settings.

Also contact some home care, hospice and nursing staffing agencies in the area for additional opportunities. Some schools systems use health aides to administer medication and take care of minor ailments.

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.