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Friday March 16, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I will be 54 when I graduate with my BSN in the spring of 2013. My wife will be retiring, and we plan on moving closer to family and where there is a lower cost of living.

Do you have any advice on what I can do to network long distance to open any doors before moving? I plan on taking the NCLEX in the state where I now reside and transfer the license so I can hit the ground running after we move. Is this a good or bad idea?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear David,

You can start networking with your local connections and tell them about your plans to move. The power of networking is people knowing people all over the globe.

You also can connect with the state chapter of the American Nurses Association (or any specialty association that interests you) in the state to which you plan to move. Contact the officers listed on their website and do an informational interview (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing) or just have an informal phone chat.

When you get closer to graduation and moving, you can see whether any nursing career fairs are being offered in your new area. Consider making a trip to attend such an event (www.Nurse.com/CareerFairs). It's a good place to gather contacts and information and make a direct connection with recruiters and employers. Face-to-face networking is the most powerful.

You also can use LinkedIn and Twitter on the Internet to connect with employers, recruiters and nurses in your future state of residence.

Here's an article you may find helpful: “Get Ready to Relocate” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Relocate).

Best wishes,

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.