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If people leave nursing what sort of jobs do they go to and what do they earn?(12 Posts)
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.
Private health, what's your speciality
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.
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 🧐
@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.
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?
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.
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.
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. I don’t get paid as well as you do though!
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?
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.