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Thursday October 14, 2010
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Dear Donna,

In 2008, I had a patient fall that I handled poorly. The Board of Registered Nursing was about to take my license, but due to the kindness in letters written by co-workers and patients, they instead placed me on three years of probation. I had to resign my position as a travel nurse after the probation took effect. I have been trying to locate a job, but with my probation status no one in a hospital, dialysis clinic or skilled nursing facility will touch me. My skills are med/surg and ICU, with 10 years of experience. Should I look out of state? Is there anything else I can do?

Sam



Dear Donna replies:

Dear Sam,

I wish I knew the parameters/restrictions of your probation. If a direct patient care position seems out of the question right now, then you might be able to work doing remote ICU monitoring (eICU), telephone advice line work or telephone triage, legal nurse consulting and more.

I would suggest that you start volunteering somewhere in the medical field now while you continue to look for paid employment. Volunteer for hospice, at a blood bank, in a clinic, etc. Volunteering is a good way to get your foot in the door somewhere and also often leads to paid employment. Additionally, it will give structure to your day and help to keep your mind off your troubles.

Read “Picking Up the Pieces of Your Career” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Pieces). As the article suggests, you need to focus your job-finding efforts on networking. That includes using your current network and attending career fairs and conferences as well as local chapter meetings of professional associations, even as a guest.

Best wishes,
Donna




Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’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.