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Tuesday December 11, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I live in Pennsylvania and I am interested in finding a nurse coach. I am 60 with a wealth of experience in a variety of areas. Because of a recent episode of depression (my marriage ended in divorce, and my son was killed), I was placed on disability for a few years. I took a nurse review course, and my psychiatrist cleared me to return to work. However, I am having a hard time finding and keeping a job. I really need full-time employment, as I have school loans to pay and general living expenses. Can you please tell me how I would go about finding a coach who could help me?

Needs a Coach

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Needs a Coach,

First, let me say how sorry I am to hear about the loss of your son and your other challenges. You certainly have been through the wringer. I agree with you that an RN career/life coach could be a great help.

Most coaches work by telephone with their clients, so you don't need to find someone geographically close — although there certainly are some advantages to face-to-face meetings. I suggest you contact your state and local chapter of the American Nurses Association (www.nursingworld.org), whether or not you are a member, for a referral. You also can do an Internet search for "RN career coach" or "RN life coach" and some good ones will appear.

If there is any way you can come to my Career Alternatives for Nurses seminar March 11 in Atlantic City. (not too far from you), I think you would benefit greatly from that, too. www.Nurse.com/Events/CE-seminars/. The program also is available on DVD and CD for home study. Find out more at CE.Nurse.com/Professional-Development. The book “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career” (www.Nurse.com/CE/7250) is like a coach in paperback form. So you have lots of resources to help you move forward.

Even though you're not a new nurse, you may find “New nurse, new job strategies” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies) helpful.

Sending prayers and good wishes your way,

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.