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The Seasoned Professional


Are you looking for an encore? Are you ready to find work that matters during your middle and beyond, which may fulfill all the goals of your nursing career. Like many who are 40+, you may be thinking to yourself what’s next, what else can I do to keep my batteries charged? You might be wondering what else is out there, what haven’t you tried that you’d like to? Again, it seems as though the world is wide open and anything is possible. Like you’ve heard before, been there done that.

Retirement may be the furthest thing from your mind, but it is the time when you typically should at least start thinking about it. In the meantime though, you need to find an outlet for all the experience and wisdom you’ve gained throughout your career, all the while making new social contacts and added intellectual stimulation. This is what is called an encore career. There’s a book written by Marc Freedman called, ‘Encore, Encore: Finding work that matters in the second half of life’

There’s another reason for needing that encore career. You’ve done what most do through the first half of their lives; started a career, bought your first home, got married and raised children… Now what? You are free to do anything and everything. So what are your options? Below are some suggested options in the article on Advance for Nurses.

Here are some simple steps to get you started in discovering your next move:

* Visit your employer’s human resource department to see what’s available. The nurse recruiter knows the basics of each nursing job and has access to job descriptions.
* Talk to others in your field of interest and job shadow.
* If you know what you’re interested in, offer to cross train to pick up extra hours.
* Work per diem somewhere else. If you end up hating the job, you’ve lost nothing, learned new skills and possibly met some interesting people.
* Teach. It doesn’t have to be at the university level, nor does it have to be full time. Look for LPN or certificate programs. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can offer.
* Volunteer. Opportunities abound. After looking locally, search the Internet.
* Want to travel? Check out the Peace Corps, American Red Cross or travel nursing Web sites.

With the doors wide open to you, what’s going to be your next move?

Here are some other resources relating to finding your next calling for the second half of your life.

Encore: Work that matters in the second half of your life

Civic Ventures

AARP: Careers

Posted in: Nursing, Travel Nursing

About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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