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Could you send me the names of some companies that will hire and relocate nurses for permanent positions in the U.S. and abroad?

Monday June 24, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I have been an RN for more than 20 years, but have been unemployed for the past 2 1/2. I no longer qualify for travel nursing. Could you send me the names of some companies that will hire and relocate nurses for permanent positions in the U.S. and abroad?

Ready to Relocate

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Ready to Relocate,

That's a tall order. I'm afraid you'll have to do that legwork yourself. Here are some tips:

• Start volunteering as a nurse in a healthcare setting while you look for paid employment. Volunteering is a great strategy for re-entry into the workforce. It gives you recent experience to put on your resume, helps you hone old skills, learn new ones and builds your confidence. This also will help you to be more marketable as you move forward and volunteer work often leads to paid employment. You might need to work locally for a time, before you get hired out of the area. For volunteer opportunities, contact your local public health office, hospice, free clinic or the American Red Cross.

• Start making contacts with regular nursing agencies, not travel agencies. See what they have available for you, even in nontraditional settings. This helps you to gain recent experience, which will make you more marketable. Agency work, as with volunteering, helps you to get a foot in the door. Agencies offer part-time and temporary work as well as regular (what we used to call permanent) employment. Part-time and temporary work can often lead to regular employment.

• Attend nursing career fairs in your area, as well as in areas you wish to relocate to. Often employers and agencies from other parts of the country come to fairs in your area to recruit. This is a good way to hone your networking and self-marketing skills and test the waters. See what's coming up in your area at www.Nurse.com/Events/Career-fairs/. Read “How to get the most out of attending a career fair” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Career-fair). You also may find this article helpful: “Get ready to relocate” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Relocate).

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.