A nursing career is a difficult one, and many nurses decide to end their careers at some point. However, nursing is unlike other professions.
The career can end at 65 like other careers, or it can end voluntarily due to burn out. Your nursing career, then, can end at any point of your choosing.
What do you do when you find that you are no longer working as a nurse for whatever reason? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
If you are of age and financially stable, you can simply take the road to retirement. Of course, the financially stable part is the most difficult, but if you have been paying into a retirement fund for your entire career, you may have more than you think.
Your body may also not be able to keep up with the rigors of nursing at this point in your life, making retirement an attractive option. Sit down with your financial advisor, if you have one, and figure out what you can do to retire.
If you don’t have one – and most don’t – then you can simply figure out your own finances. Go for it if the numbers make sense.
When a career ends earlier than expected due to burnout or other factors, retraining may be something to consider. You can go back to school for something else.
You may think that this nullifies all you went through to become a nurse, but it doesn’t. Nursing teaches critical thinking, leadership skills, and the ability to work under pressure.
These are attractive qualities in any field, and that means you will be well suited to just about anything you are interested in pursuing. Explore your options for other careers that may be open to you, and see if something else may be the right fit for your personality.
Nursing is an incredibly malleable profession, and you can take that degree and run with it. If your bedside career is over, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your whole nursing career is over.
You can parlay your skills into other nursing fields. One particular field you may be interested in is nursing education.
There is also the opportunity to work in doctors’ offices, for legal firms, and for insurance companies. Some of these alternate professions are difficult to get into, but the options are there.
If you sense that one part of your career is ending, put out feelers for other potential ways to use your nursing degree. They may not pay as much, but they can keep you in the field.
In the end, nursing is a tough job, and it has to end at some point. Do your research before it ends so that you know what options are available to you.
The last thing you want to do is get caught holding a nursing degree with no job to show for it.