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Reenter the Healthcare Job Market

Reenter the Healthcare Job Market

Megan Malugani / Monster Contributing Writer

Keep an Open Mind

Don’t assume you should return to the same type of work you did before. In today’s rapidly changing healthcare industry, your old position may not be right for you anymore. For example, hospital professionals today face a heavier workload and more acutely ill patients than in the past, says Laura Mahlmeister, PhD, RN, a San Francisco healthcare consultant who still works one day a week as a labor and delivery nurse. You may decide that working in a new capacity in home health, a nursing home or a clinic is more your speed.

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Research Your Options

You’ll have to conduct research to redefine your career goal, says Sandy Anderson, PhD, MBA, author of Women in Career & Life Transitions. She recommends browsing at the library and on the Internet. You should network through professional organizations and trade associations, set up informational interviews, and attend healthcare job fairs, which are held in large cities around the country. Once you’ve narrowed your scope of interest, you may want to volunteer in your desired work setting or shadow someone who is working in your ideal job to confirm your ambitions, Anderson says.

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