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Friday April 4, 2014
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Dear Donna,

I've been an LPN for 28 years and I am having a difficult time finding a permanent position. What can I do to market myself until I finish school and become an RN?

Looking for a Permanent Position

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Looking for a Permanent Position,

You don't mention if you're currently not working at all or if you're doing per diem or something similar. The job market for nurses is shifting and evolving as is where to look and what to do to market yourself, regardless of your current or future situation. Even though you're not a new nurse read, “New nurse, new job strategies” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies) to give you some ideas.

If you're not working at all, see about doing some agency work while you continue to look. Some agencies offer long-term contract work which can turn into regular employment, which is the new way human resources people refer to what was once called permanent employment.
Some agencies even offer benefits.

Be sure to get out to nursing career fairs in your area, too. See what's happening in your area (http://www.nurse.com/events/career-fairs). Read “How to get the most out of attending a career fair,” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Career-fair). Since networking is well known to be a very effective way to find and get a job, you should be connecting with all of your contacts both in and out of healthcare to let them know what type of position you want. Also ask these contacts for leads, introductions, referrals and recommendations.

The job market is much more competitive than it has been in the past so a creative, proactive approach is required. Follow the above advice, including that contained in the referenced articles and get to where you want to be now and in the future.

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://www. Nurse.com/Events.