/ Asked by sandra
I am licensed nurse and looking to changed my career. How can I apply to different jobs? How should approach this career change?
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I would suggest that you determine what areas of interest you would like to focus on.  Once you have that in place you should determine if you have the right skill set required.  If you do not then you will need to obtain the proper credentials in order to be considered. That might require additional schooling or training.  Once that is completed then you can begin to look at companies of interest and apply to current needs.  The best advise I can offer is for you to determine what focus area you want to pursue and then ensure you have the proper background.  I hope this is helpful.
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, October 16, 2014
What a great question! The first thing I would do, is identify what you like and don’t like to do. Are you looking to stay within healthcare, for example, or leave it entirely?

If you are looking to remain within healthcare, what aspects of healthcare do you enjoy most? If it’s interactions with patients that delights you, then let this guide you towards roles which are inclusive of that function. If it’s interactions with other medical professionals that motivates and excites you, then you might be better suited to an internal role that serves the business side of the industry. I’ve actually met a few former nurses who now recruit nurses themselves, and work within hospital HR teams. I have also met former nurses who went into hospital administration and operations, or training and development. In addition, I have seen nurses who stopped working in clinical environments, and instead began working from home as nurse-advisors, strictly doing virtual patient care (talking to patients over the phone only).

I think the most important thing is to determine what you want, and what you don’t want, in your next career evolution. Once you have a good idea of what appeals to you, I would leverage your current healthcare connections as referral sources, and also speak with someone in HR about potential transfers in your current organization. They might actually have several plans in place for nurses who want to get out of that role. Or there may be training or re-education opportunities available.

And if healthcare isn’t for you, I would take a hard look at your work history and skills, and identify what’s transferable to other industries and roles. You may find that your background lends itself well to other caregiving professions, or teaching, or technology, or customer service. I would also creatively search on sites like LinkedIn for examples of former nurses who left the field. You may come across some excellent ideas regarding potential employers and possible positions in your area.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 17, 2014
First congratulations for having the courage to pursue this change.  It will be key for you to identify and focus on two or three potential career paths that you wish to pursue and do some research on the internet into these career fields through sites such as Glassdoor.  This will help you identify what companies have opportunities in the fields that you have interest.  Once you identify the companies, next you should begin to build your network.  Search LinkedIn for potential contacts at these companies and connect with these individuals on this site.  Once connected with them, seek out opportunities to have informational interviews with them.  In these interviews, your goal should be to obtain career guidance from them on the field you wish to enter and of course, sell yourself to the person as someone they should keep on their radar.  Lastly, utilize the numerous resources on the internet to search for potential opportunities.  The web sites indeed.com and simplyhired.com are particularly effective in finding job openings.
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, October 20, 2014
If you are in a clinical setting and wanting to transition to an office environment, I would partner with a medical search firm that specializes in the placement of nurses. They will be aware of various avenues you can easily transition to. For example, insurance companies often hire nurses to conduct utilization review or handle case management. They can help you get creative. For your resume, you'll want to create a functional resume to highlight "what" you've done and list your jobs with dates only.
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