If people leave nursing what sort of jobs do they go to and what do they earn?

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Kiwirose Thu 18-Oct-18 20:13:26

Just that really.

The NHS seems to be getting less and less family friendly and getting annual leave in school holidays is a huge headache. I am starting to feel like the negatives are outweighing the positives in terms of quality of life so I am starting to consider other options. The only thing is that I have always wanted to be a nurse so don't have much knowledge of what kinds of jobs are out there that my skills would suit. I also need to pay the mortgage and feed the kids. I don't mind retraining if I need to and would probably plan to move jobs when my children are all at senior school (youngest in year 5).

For context I am a clinical nurse specialist band 7 working 3 days a week so bring home about £26000pa before tax.

thank you

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HoleyCoMoley Thu 18-Oct-18 21:23:45

School nurse
Private health, what's your speciality
Practice nurse
Product rep
Health assessor

NoMudNoLotus Thu 18-Oct-18 22:25:53

I am in exactly the same position , even down to banding.

My job is making me ill , draining away my personality and quality of life. I am permanently exhausted and so very anxious and stressed all the time.

WonkyDonk87 Thu 18-Oct-18 22:34:42

I was thinking about this the other day. I've worked in the NHS since I was 19..... don't know where I'd start with a job hunt that isn't on nhsjobs 🧐

Kiwirose Thu 18-Oct-18 23:29:12

@NoMudNoLotus - I empathise completely. Have you got a get out plan?

@HoleyCoMoley - I am in palliative care so not much private work available. I think being a drug rep would be pretty soul destroying. No one wants to see you unless you being food and in our hospital we hardly see any anymore so i wonder what they do now? Do you know much about being a health assessor or were you just throwing ideas in to the ring. That sounds quite interesting.

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Polarbearflavour Fri 19-Oct-18 00:01:45

I went onto be a band 4 med sec (crap pay!) then went into being a PA in banking in the City earning around 35k plus bonus.

Have you thought about an education role such as health and social care tutor in a college or an assessor?

Some ideas:


Polarbearflavour Fri 19-Oct-18 00:02:51

I’m currently doing the Level 3 Award in Education and Training at a local college with a view to becoming a trainer/tutor/assessor.

HoleyCoMoley Fri 19-Oct-18 11:19:55

I know someone who worked as an assessor for insurance, I haven't got experience but there seem to be loads of jobs if you Google nurse assessor roles, Indeed Jobs seem to have a lot. I thought about being a chc assessor and another friend of mine is a nurse in a large hotel. Drug rep is probably a bit boring, nursing homes are always looking for people to train staff in end of life care, syringe drivers, nutrition but I guess that would involve a lot of travelling if it was a big organisation.

Crystalblue13 Fri 19-Oct-18 15:26:24

I was a healthcare assistant before but the night shifts really took a toll on me and affected my family life too. Now I am a pharmacy technician which I find really interesting but much less stressful and better hours. smile I don’t get paid as well as you do though!

Kiwirose Mon 22-Oct-18 20:40:21

thanks polarbear for the links. I like the fact that you found a different career. I guess nurses actually have many transferable skills that would be useful to other careers. I just need to figure out the pros and cons of it all.

crystalblue I did see a pharmacy tech job advertised the other day at our local GPs but my husband put me off applying for it. I think I need to make a considered decision rather than jumping frying
pan into the fire.

I think I need careers advice for adults. Does it even exist?

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Annasgirl Mon 22-Oct-18 21:17:10

Where I live loads of them become medical
Reps and earn a fortune - up to six figures.

There are also specialist medical jobs like MS injections to people in their homes - again I know a nurse who earns a furtive doing this.

GP surgery nurse?

Return to college and lecture but this involves more study - paid with tutoring - and continued research. I’ve gone back to academia and love it and have a few nurse friends who have gone down this path.

NicoAndTheNiners Mon 22-Oct-18 21:18:50

Lecturer. 39k.

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