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I would like a bedside position, but all I am being offered is home care positions. What can I do?



Dear Donna,

I graduated in 2010 and completed my BSN. I have experience in a skilled nursing facility and now I am employed in home care. I would like a bedside position, but all I am offered is home care positions. I am networking and had my resume done professionally with no success. What else can I do?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Desperate,

Congratulations on completing your BSN. The hospital job market still is very tight. Because the pool of experienced nurses is large right now in comparison to the openings, most hospitals are only hiring nurses with current hospital experience — there are exceptions.

Even though you are not a new nurse, read the article “New nurse, new job strategies” ( Networking is the most effective way to find a job, but most people don’t do it as effectively as they could. Consider reading “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Thriving at Every Stage of your Career” ( for additional tips and advice for super-sizing your self-marketing and networking skills.

Attend local career fairs and talk to hospital recruiters about what you can do to be considered for hire. You may need to take a refresher course. Also, you need to present yourself as professional (this includes your appearance), positive, enthusiastic and with good social and self-marketing skills. Even in a tight job market, employers will take a chance on the right candidate. The above referenced book will help. See what’s coming up in your area at

Best wishes,


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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is’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 and, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit

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