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I am desperate to return to work following the birth of my daughter 18 months ago. I have a wide range of experience having previously worked in day surgery, theatre, gynaecology and most recently family planning following completion of the sexual health and family planning course.

I am desperate to return to work following the birth of my daughter 18 months ago. I have a wide range of experience having previously worked in day surgery, theatre, gynaecology and most recently family planning following completion of the sexual health and family planning course.

I have a BSc(Hons) Nursing and post registration qualifications in theatre and day surgery nursing.

Unfortunately due to the current state of the local services there are no nursing vacancies or bank work within local PCTs. I am working a few hours for a local charitable organisation as a family planning nurse.

I am seriously thinking of retraining in another career due to the current state and predictions of the longevity of the dire situation within the NHS. However I actually feel proud to be a nurse and want to continue it as a career, any suggestions to where I can go now?

Answer:

Thank you for your interesting letter.

You certainly have a great deal of useful hands-on experience behind you. Thus you are well equipped to go into several different areas and seem to be well qualified too..

Then there is the question of openings. So many hospital that has had a freeze on vacancies and thus advertisements for the sort of appointments that you seek are possibly rather rare. Additionally it is a pity that bank work within your local PCTs is difficult.

But did you realise that the majority of jobs are never advertised (60 or 70% in fact)? Thus it would be very beneficial if you were to make approaches to group practices, clinics, other hospitals thus looking at the private sector. In order to do this you should write to such places, by letter not e-mail, asking if you could simply come and have a meeting or informal chat.

In this way you would benefit as follows:

  • Make a contact - and, most likely, get a referral
  • Profile myself and, hopefully, promote myself
  • Get information on:
    • hospital/clinic/practice etc
    • your suitability/prospects
    • that work environment
    • your possible contribution
  • Pick up 'vibes'
  • Get a foot-in-the-door
  • Perhaps get a job offer
  • Get Interview practice

I hope that this is helpful because proactive approaches work well. If you need advice about the sort of speculative letter that you should write let me know and I will send you an example.

I note that you might consider a career change which so many people opt for and achieve great success and happiness as a result. Again you could start be making speculative approaches (as above) to the type of organisation/company in which you feel that you would like to work. So many of your skills, although gleaned in the nursing profession, could be wholly transferable to other occupation and these could combine so well with your personal attributes.

With best wishes,

Tim Dotchin

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