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Getting back into nursing

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Following two weeks of emails and telephone calls, I am still no closer to finding out how I get back into nursing. My registration lapsed about four years ago all though I have not practised for six years.

Following two weeks of emails and telephone calls, I am still no closer to finding out how I get back into nursing. My registration lapsed about four years ago all though I have not practised for six years.

I have contacted NHS Careers and the numerous numbers they have supplied, my local PCT, local hospitals and it seems no one knows anything about how or who to talk! I just need a contact of some one who can help, or am I just not required any more?

Suzannne Harvey

Answer:

I am sure you are not 'just not required any more', Suzanne.

Firstly, what is your CV like? Is the personal profile so powerful that it will have impact on the reader? The following is an example of a personal profile which you could easily adapt to your own circumstances:

Qualified, versatile and energetic staff nurse with particular hands-on expertise in ITU and responsibility for drug issues. Administration and training others have been features of a successful career to date. Proven team worker and leader who also works well on own initiative achieving high standards and meeting deadlines. Excellent interpersonal and patient care skills blend with a flair for leadership. Computer literate with good keyboard skills.

You should approach appropriate local organisations (hospitals, Group practices, Care homes and clinics/hospitals in the private sector. Ascertain the name of a manager or other appropriate person and write a 'speculative letter' (a sample of one is attached). This could lead to a networking (or 'getting-to-know-you') meeting from which you would gain the following benefits:

  • Make a contact - and, most likely, get a referral
  • Profile myself and, hopefully, promote myself
  • Get information on: the company/industry/field
  • Pick up 'vibes'
  • Get a foot-in-the-door
  • Perhaps get a job offer
  • Get interview practice

I hope all this is helpful. If you would like assistance with your CV or any other advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Tim Dotchin

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