Guide to Nursing Roles and Employment Opportunities – “It's my career: I'm taking charge”

Injured nurses informed the Nurses Return to Work in Hospitals Project they want to be assisted to remain in the nursing profession where it is identified they are unable to return to their pre-injury role and/or clinical role due to the ongoing effects of their injury and/or illness. Nurses informed the project they experienced a loss of identity when they were advised they could no longer undertake their pre-injury role which for them is equated with not being able to nurse (ANF (VB), 2007d).

The Nurses Return to Work in Hospitals Project, in recognition of this, developed a Guide to Nursing Roles and Employment Opportunities in Nursing for Injured and/or Ill Nurses in Victoria.

Injured/ill nurses require support and assistance to take charge and be in control of their careers. Many injured/ill nurses, who cannot return to their clinical role, question:

  • How can I plan and/or continue a career in nursing?
  • How can I be assisted/assist myself to remain in the nursing profession?
  • How can I remain employable?
  • What employment opportunities are there in the nursing profession? (ICN, 2001; McGillis Hall et al, 2004).

The guide aims to assist nurses in answering the above questions.

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