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Wednesday April 3, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I'm an RN with three years experience in long-term care and community nursing. I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology 13 years ago. What is a viable career change for someone who is introverted and doesn't want to be a nurse anymore?

Doesn't Want to be a Nurse Anymore

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Doesn't Want to be a Nurse Anymore,

Clearly you need a change, but that change doesn't have to be outside nursing. It can be something that does not involve any direct patient care in an alternative nursing specialty. Some examples are:

• drug and medical sales and marketing;
• pharmaceutical research;
• professional recruiter for a healthcare facility or employment agency;
• risk manager for an insurance company;
• drug information nurse for a pharmaceutical company (phone/computer work).

These are just a few examples of the endless nontraditional opportunities that exist within the profession.

The great thing about nursing is there is literally something for everyone. While some nurses only see the traditional patient care role as nursing, all of the above opportunities utilize your nursing knowledge and experience and require an RN credential to do the job.

Networking is a great way to explore options and find a job. I encourage you to start attending professional association meetings including nursing, healthcare and even business associations, such as the National Association of Women Business Owners (www.nawbo.org) and local chambers of commerce. You can attend almost anything as a guest, without being a member or owning a business. Be sure to have business cards with you for exchanging contact information.

Also attend career fairs. When in a time of transition, you have to get yourself out there and be visible. You never know from where the spark, idea, information, contact or opportunity will come.

Attend my “Career Alternatives for Nurses” seminar to further explore your role as a nurse, identify transferable skills and learn about the full extent of your options. You may get a new perspective on how to use your nursing background in new and exciting ways that you never even considered. See where I'll be at www.Nurse.com/Events/CE-seminars/. If you can't attend a seminar, the program is available in a home study version at CE.Nurse.com/Professional-Development.

Rather than changing professions, look for ways to put your background to good use and make your career exciting again.

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.