In recent blogs, we’ve looked at the nursing shortage and – paradoxically – why it’s still hard to find a job as a newly-graduated nurse.
One solution to this could be to start working as a freelance nurse.
Whether it’s a way to break into the healthcare industry or a change of pace after years of full-time wok at a hospital or clinic, freelancing might be just the ticket for you.
Here are some of the plusses and minuses to a few aspects of freelance nursing:
Independent Contracting: Pros
An independent contractor, formerly known as a private duty nurse, can diagnose and treat a patient in the client’s home and is paid directly by the patient or a representative of the patient.
Nursing care must follow the nurse practice act of whichever state you’re working in, just like that provided by a staff nurse. (In some states, physician collaboration or supervision is required.)
The advantage here of being in business for yourself is that you set your own hours, charge a rate slightly above the amount a staff nurse would make, and your earnings are only limited by the number of hours you work in a day. [click to continue…]
Last year, 200 healthcare HR managers were surveyed about the nurses they aimed to hire.
24% of those surveyed complained that applicants “don’t have any relevant work experience.” Among managers currently hiring nurses, 41% said they were only interested in experienced nurses, not new grads.
What’s more, 22% said they were “only interested in applicants with specialized training.”
The experience and specialty problems seem to be just two of many hiring conundrums for new nurses. Here are some more (and what you can do about them): [click to continue…]
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When an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is written, parents expect that the services for their children will be carried out by professionals for their children. Teachers also expect supports to be there to assist their students during classroom time. Of course, sometimes the school year begins and services that were set up within the IEP do not surface in a timely manner. [click to continue…]
Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65.¹ As a nation that tends to place personal value on a job well done, retirement isn’t quite as appealing as it used to be. Some feel the need to work longer to afford the lifestyle they desire to lead during retirement and others fear the lack of purpose that comes with walking away from the professional world. Either way, our time-honored tradition of working hard until we reach a certain age, and then never working again, just doesn’t work for everyone anymore. [click to continue…]