After becoming a nurse and working for a few years, there comes a time when you may be ready to consider a new position within the field. Looking for a job mid-career requires a bit of a different approach than it did when you were fresh out of nursing school, but with the right tips it's possible to move on to a new position - maybe even your dream job!
Build a network and stay connected
Everyone talks about the importance of building a strong professional network, but its maintenance over time is just as important as creating it in the first place. As you meet influential people throughout your career, make a note of their contact information and keep in touch. If you continue to update them on what's happening in your professional life, and ask them to do the same for you, a request for resources or advice when you are searching won't seem to be out of the blue. Some of the best job openings in nursing are never even posted - that's where your network comes in handy.
Consider earning a master's degree
If you want to find a better nursing job, chances are it may require more education or experience. Going back to school and earning a master's degree can open you up to a wealth of job opportunities in nursing that you may not have otherwise considered, such as management or training a new generation of nurses. Earning an online nursing degree also makes it possible for you to continue to work while you go to school.
Get the word out there
Don't be afraid to brag about yourself! Career advancement will only occur if people are aware that you are looking for a new position, so mention your plans to family, friends, co-workers and members of your professional network. If you're having trouble finding the position you're looking for, try sending your resume and cover letter to hiring managers even when an open position hasn't been listed. Recruiters may also be able to connect you with new job opportunities.
Western Governors University is a nonprofit, accredited, online university. WGU offers online RN to BSN, BSN to MSN, and RN to MSN degree programs to working nurses who already have a current RN license. Find out more about WGU's College of Health Professions!