What do ex nurses do?

(35 Posts)
nextafternursing Mon 26-Jul-10 18:58:56

I am currently nursing in the NHS, at top of Bnad 6. My job is fairly doomed so I need to start looking at other options.

Due to the nature of my current role, moving to an alternative NHS post would mean taking a band 5 salary (approx £8kpa pro rata pay cut)

So while I am looking out for suitable nursey jobs, I am also considering alternative careers.

If you are a nurse who no longer nurses - what do you do now? Or any bright ideas/suggestions warmly welcomed.

I have basic IT skills only, hate to travel (so medical rep not for me), and don't fancy beautician type stuff...Argh I am woefully underqualified for anything else. I can pull a decent pint if these get desperategrin

peppapighastakenovermylife Mon 26-Jul-10 19:03:27

Have you thought about lecturing or research? smile

Are school nurses NHS based?

I know an ex midwife who has set herself up as a alternative therapist - so massage, reflexology, homeopathy and the like.

Stinkyfeet Mon 26-Jul-10 19:03:50

When my mum left nursing, she became a GP surgery receptionist.

you could move to a different job within the same kind of environment couldn't you?

midwife? social worker? something like that? afaik if you are already a nurse the training is shorter (but i could be making that up)

nextafternursing Mon 26-Jul-10 19:16:30

Thanks for the suggestionssmile, I would like doing GP reception stuff but I think I would keep triaging the patients - NOooo, you don't need a doctor for that love, get xyz from the chemist...

Not qualified to lecture TBH, no teaching qualificationsad

Have pondered midwifery lots of times. I am fascinated with it and I planned homebirths for my DCs (who didn't cooperate)and am extendedish breastfeeding...If I got made redundant I would def look at it again, While I still have a job it's a bit pointless as it would be 18 months training then a new job on less money <shrugs>

You see, I'm a PITA who has a reason why everything else is no goodblush

Would be crap at social work, my SIL is one and the things they see <bleaches eyes>

nextafternursing Mon 26-Jul-10 19:18:05

Keep 'em coming, I will try not to shoot down every idea, honest

Ex nurse here. Now I do accounts and admin. Had to do some training, but I love it!! - Bits of paper dont answer back and 2 and 2 will ALWAYS make 4. wink grin
I deal with far less paperwork and I never wake in the night worrying that something hasnt been done by anyone. Far more satifying, too in a strange way.

TheJollyPirate Mon 26-Jul-10 19:19:23

Health visiting??? The Tories reckon they are going to train 4000 extra HVs so could be training going within the next year. On the other hand I sometimes feel like a social worker.....................

nextafternursing Mon 26-Jul-10 19:27:16

HHmm TJP, HV does appeal. I am quite friendly with our local ones but there are no local training places at the moment. I will definately try to look out for a place though as it strongly appeals. Would suit my interest in BF support too, am peer supporter and training with ABM presently <plot thickens>

PositiveAttitude that would appeal to my picky pedantic side, but I don't know anything about it. I know simple book keeping courses are available at the local college though. Something like HR stuff interests me too, but entry level I would be like Min Wage with 17 year old contemporaries though surelyhmm

How about a school nurse? One of my friends has turned to this, the hourse suit very well as she has a primary-aged child. No uniform but lots of form filling.

anonandlikeit Mon 26-Jul-10 20:09:22

Occupational health nurse.
Many large companies have Occ health depts ours are paid on par with other qualified professionals within the organisation, engineers etc.
Also several on job share, p/time hours but paid much better than the admin type roles.

They carry out all health assessments, monitor & look after those wiht long term sickness issues, rehabiitation programmes, run preventative programmes, mental health issues, I'm sure they do loads more but I don't have a huge amount to do with them.

CMOTdibbler Mon 26-Jul-10 20:35:24

Depending on where you are, how about a clinical trials admin/manager role ? Lots of data management, but still clinical involvement.

Any good with words ? Theres always a demand for technical writers for medical equipment, and it's more being able to get your head round the concepts than experience in the actual area that is important.

nextafternursing Mon 26-Jul-10 20:50:30

Occ health a good suggestion, but the recent roles I've seen advertised want occ health qualification, which I haven't gotsmile. Is fairly similar to current role though, lots of transferable skills/crossover. Most Occ health is based at/outsourced to the local district hospital

Research etc - I'm not in a city, and I'm ooop North, not a lot going on locally I'm afraid.

CMOT Technical writing sounds interesting, am reasonably good with words, for a nurse!, is there a site or journal you could suggest that would worth a look?

CMOTdibbler Mon 26-Jul-10 21:33:27

Theres a useful overview here

I work with a couple of technical writers (in a medical device company) which is slightly different, but their job is to take information about the products, and turn it into an accurate, readable, clear document. And to review whether we need to revise that information/presentation in the light of complaints/incidents

If you like auditing/compliance stuff, then theres always the MHRA, but times may be tight there too.

nextafternursing Mon 26-Jul-10 22:20:27

I heart the MHRA <sad> but I believe their fortunes are not looking so good. Will have a look at the link, thankyou.

CMOTdibbler Mon 26-Jul-10 22:24:53

If you do like that, maybe regulatory compliance in companies might be of interest. Drives me insane, but really suits some people

peppapighastakenovermylife Tue 27-Jul-10 08:17:58

You don't need a teaching qualification to teach in higher education or further education. For example at our university the majority of nurses who teach on the nursing degrees and courses are nurses - not teachers. In fact they ask for that experience / qualification rather than teaching experience.

They might want you to do a higher education teaching qualification but will usually pay for you to do that very part time whilst you work smile

MrsSnaplegs Tue 27-Jul-10 08:37:47

how about retraining as a doula?

or on the complete left of arc from that - try looking at the Care Quality Commission Website for vacancies - often looking for specialists to assess assurance reports from NHS trusts - poacher turned gamekeeper?!

MrsSnaplegs Tue 27-Jul-10 08:40:09

www.cqc.org.uk/aboutcqc/jobsatcqc.cfm - no jobs on there today but worth checking regularly

Would you work in the private sector? Companies like Healthcare at Home, BUPA, Tribal etc. are falling over themselves to employ clinically trained stff. You earn your money, mind.

nextafternursing Tue 27-Jul-10 21:47:14

Oh more ideassmile

Care Quality Commission looks interesting, will keep an eye out for their roles as it might be up my street. Might be a geographical thing though, again being ooop north etc.

Doulaing - I would not be able to commit to the on call aspect as I have 2 under 4 and a DH who works nights, in principle I would love it, but I would not be able to support the women well - I would have to have my jaw wired shut because I would want to advise them do X/Y/Z because...

Which is not what doulas are forgrin

Would def consider midwifery if I ended up redundant - spoke to DH about it earlier and he just shrugged and said 'Yes, well you would love that'

Private sector - I would prefer not to, but I would for the right role/if it suited.

Will have a look re lecturing stuff - my local hospital has a School of Nursing and it is very convenient for me, practically on my doorstepsmile

Thanks folks, lots to ponder!

Sidge Tue 27-Jul-10 21:54:15

Practice nursing?

Hours tend to be pretty family friendly, the pay can be quite good as you aren't necessarily banded by AfC but employed directly by the GP, so they can offer you what they like.

I'm a practice nurse, I love it. I'm an independent practitioner but also part of a team, I love the variety, it's convenient as no nights or weekends and I love the way you get to build up relationships with your patients.

Have a look at the PN website, they also advertise jobs on here.

brimfull Tue 27-Jul-10 22:06:58

Foot Health Practitioner? - I have seen ads in the back of Nursing Standard.

Private training companies -some do venepuncture/cannulation courses etc-also in nursing mags

Private plastic surgery company?

brimfull Tue 27-Jul-10 22:12:40
nextafternursing Tue 27-Jul-10 23:08:35

Feet? No thankssmile Like a bit of venepuncture and cannulation though. See, that looks sick really - I don't like feet but love to take blood and cannulate.

Plastic surgery? Do we get discounts? I don't think I would suit it unless free breastlift on offer

Practice nursing - can you get in without experience? My main experience is acute medicine, telephone triage, bit of ortho. I used to do venepuncture/cannulation, male catheterisation, Ryles tubes etc. But no experience in smears/travel vax/asthma in primary care setting. Some diabetes experience and keen interest in family planning.

But qualifications wise, I have my RN Adult, the Alert course (well expired) and thats it, not even a 998 to my nameblush I am very nice to patients though, can lead a small team, and remember lots of trivia about medicines! <grasps at straws>

What about a laser clinics. I know you said no to beauty treatments, but these are Health Commission approved places.

Or paramedic?

nextafternursing Tue 27-Jul-10 23:24:10

eeeugh eyes <boak> Too...wet and eyebally. I'm much better with drier body parts TBH.

Paramedic - shift system wouldn't work with the children and I just don't fancy it much for some reason - not knowing what happens afterwards. Just read the book from the paramedic blog though, 'Blood Sweat and Tea' and loved reading about it, just wouldn't want to do it.

Told you I was a PITAsmile

tulip27 Tue 27-Jul-10 23:32:30

I trained to do botox and dermal fillers 2 years ago and worked for myself. I made tons of cash but NMC got a bee in their bonnet about using a remote prescriber in harley St (even though it was not illegal, it was frowned upon). I now work as a practice nurse. My background was CCU, ITU and A&E so have had to do extra courses for smears, travel, asthma, baby vaccinations but every day I use my previous experience. I love being out of hospital politics, I have a paid 15 min coffee break in the am, a 1 hour lunch break and I only work school hours. It took 3 seperate applications for jobs before I got this one as yes, they were all looking ideally for experience but within 2 years I have now been promoted to their band 7 over those with years of experience. I am thinking of asking for term time only contact next year.smile

tulip27 Tue 27-Jul-10 23:33:53

PS, sorry, forgot to say good luck on your search.

Sidge Wed 28-Jul-10 09:32:22

You can get into primary care without previous experience as it's one of those jobs where you can only get the experience in the job!

There is a lack of PNs at the mo as so many are retiring (traditionally an 'older nurses' role) and the increased requirements in primary care mean that there is more and more need for nurses in practices.

Look out for Treatment Room nurse posts as these tend to be for nurses with no PN experience as they don't tend to do chronic disease management. If you get a good practice they will train you in post as to what they need, whether that's Family Planning, diabetes, asthma etc.

Good luck!

goldenbrowne Wed 28-Jul-10 12:39:14

Hi, I am a nurse currently working for the London Ambulance Service .. its still NHS so you don't lose your pension and they have very good flexible hours - or family friendly hours as they call it.

Good Luck Searching

nextafternursing Wed 28-Jul-10 16:46:03

Will definately look out for Treatment room/practice nurse things, as I would like it, and it would fit in well. I may be able to offer telephone triage if they triage for emergency appts so that would be good.

Have spoken to my local HV contact and she will let me know when they are next putting places out, she's not my HV just someone I know.

Goldenbrowne - I currently triage Cat C calls as a small part of my present role and find it quite, erm, well you certainly get variety that's for sure (probably outing myself here, hence the name change!)

Tulip - your job sounds perfect for megrin When will you leave??

Lots of greats ideas there, has cheered me up no end. The thought of either taking a ward post on Band 5, or maybe 2 nights in a nursing home was a bit depressing and I just couldn't think of where to start looking for something just a bit more interesting basically.

agedknees Wed 28-Jul-10 18:57:56

Medical advisor to a legal firm??

Outpatient job?

Good luck in whatever you find.

GRW Sat 31-Jul-10 22:07:50

NHS direct, or telephone triage for out of hours GP's- your previous experience would be valued in this role. Agencies such as Thornbury offer good pay for work in the community too, with the flexibility of choosing when you want to work.

BlackandGold Sun 01-Aug-10 21:10:38

I'm ex Ortho Ward Sister and DN. Now work in disabled students section at a university.

Have done Clinical Trials work in the past - lots of venepuncture and decent hours but a lot of the major trials units may not be in your area.

Travel Nurse Consultant?

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