Looking to transfer from nursing after 23 years

I have been nursing for 23 years. I want to change my current job and am considering working in a sector outside of nursing, but somewhere that utilises my knowledge and experience. I am struggling to be objective and identify my transferable skills and really don’t know where to look. Where do I start?

Working as a nurse for 23 years is very impressive. I am guessing this is within the NHS and you are looking to move to possibly the public sector and away from nursing completely.

Where to start? As this is a major but exciting change for you, give yourself the time to consider what it is that you really, really want.

Have some quiet time and sit down with a pen and paper and start by considering some of the following questions:

What do I really love to do?
What have I done in my 23 years of nursing that I am proud of?
What has kept me in this role for all this time?
What is important to me?
What experience do I have?
What knowledge do I have?
What skills do I have?
Who will be affected by this change?
Who will support me through this change?
Who can help me in exploring this new change I want to make?
What are my fears around making this change?
How have I overcome difficulties in the past?
If you were advising a friend what would you say to them?

Here is a really important question: If I had the “Perfect Job” what would it look like?
Spend a lot of time with this one. Do some blue sky thinking – no filtering at this stage. This will bring up some ideas that you may not have ever thought about before and very often brilliant ideas will come up.

By now you will hopefully be feeling really excited and motivated with a clear idea of what you want and how to get it. Set yourself some actions and timescales and you will be well on your way. This is much more powerful and effective for you than me just telling you what to do. The very best of luck and please do let us know how you get on.




Comments [1]

  • Rabinder (Robby) says:

    Dear Penny
    I’ve just come across your page (New Career) and really happy to find some guidance in searching what how to help find myself.
    I too have been nursing for 30 years. I recently had surgery but have been left with some constant pain. I’m now seeking an alternative career. Maybe working from home but finding it hard to know where to go or what to do. I’m currently feell I will not be able to physically cope and working from hope may be the best option. Please can u help me. I would be very grateful for any advice

    Yours sincerely
    Rabinder


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