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Wednesday May 16, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I was reprimanded by the nursing board two years ago and have complied with all the stipulations, except one. I have not been able to find a job, even though I have submitted many applications. I have a stipulation that I must be under supervision for two years. Can I request a pardon from the board to have them remove this stipulation? Or how can I find an employer willing to work with me?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Hector,

Please read the article “Picking up the pieces of your career” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Pieces) and follow the advice there.

You don't mention what the reprimand is for, so it's challenging for me to give you specific advice on this. If it was substance related, you should seek the services and support of the Peer Assistance group affiliated with your state chapter of the American Nurses Association (www.ana.org), whether or not you are a member. They may be able to help with the supervised employment stipulation. Also, talk to the board and see if they have any suggestions for you concerning that stipulation, since you can't find work. It never hurts to ask.

I don't know what methods you are using to find a job, but since networking is well known to be a great way to find a job, especially when you have obstacles to overcome, you need to focus your time and attention on that. Contact anyone and everyone you know especially, but not exclusively, in healthcare. Let them know of your situation and what you are seeking. People are more inclined to take a chance on you when you are referred or recommended by someone who knows you.

Also, as the above referenced article recommends, volunteer in a healthcare setting now while you continue to seek paid employment. Volunteering is another way to get your foot in the door and often leads to paid employment. If you can't get in the front door, try the back.

Persistence and determination always will win out.

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.