What is the best job as a nurse

Tips for changing careers in 2021 as a nurse

Medical nursing staff is in demand and in many regions there is now a nursing emergency. But changing jobs as a nurse does not have to be limited to just doing the same job in a different clinic. You will find tips, hints and useful information for your successful career change in the following article.


Change within the healthcare industry?

The reasons that can be decisive for a career change are often similar. Shift work may tire you and curtail you in your private life, you may be dissatisfied with the way work is organized and the way you treat patients and relatives, you may also find your income inappropriately low or you are simply looking for a new challenge. Of course, there is only so much you can do to avoid all of these circumstances.

Switching to another clinic will most likely only improve individual points. In principle, however, the working conditions are similar and, in particular, the lack of personal care for patients is repeatedly criticized. For registered nurses, however, it is usually possible without major problems to find employment in another hospital. Nursing staff are wanted in almost every branch.


Change in management positions in geriatric care

You can also move to a senior citizens' residence, a mobile care service or a care facility for the elderly. With your training in nursing, you even have more skills and powers than the geriatric nurses there, so that you can usually take on more responsibility or work in a higher position more quickly.

Caution: In most cases, however, you will have to expect a drop in your salary. It is also difficult to avoid shift work this way. In addition, better and more personal contact with residents in care facilities is often not possible. You should therefore consider further training that qualifies you for a management role in a care facility (better pay) or enables you to work in a niche (less care, more social interaction).


Further training for advancement and career

The Apollon University of the Health Industry offers tailor-made further training for medical, nursing and therapeutic staff, which enables a change to the management or another medical-nursing area. The training courses last between four and 36 months and are completed alongside work. If you are interested in an offer, you can request information directly from the university without obligation and free of charge.


Get out of everyday hospital life

There are also various work opportunities for trained nurses outside of hospitals and care facilities. There is, for example, the option of working in a doctor's office. With your training, you also have more skills than trained medical assistants, so that you may be able to take on more tasks independently. The working hours in medical practices are also usually more regulated, so that your daily routine is more predictable and you are not exposed to constant shift changes. But here too, unfortunately, lower earnings can be expected than in a hospital (further training in the management of geriatric care facilities or hospital management usually leads to better-paid positions in office work).

Incidentally, will Medical assistants are now correctly referred to as medical assistantsso that you could even relearn this profession as part of retraining to become an MFA. Only you can decide for yourself whether this is necessary and useful. But even without this retraining, an application in a medical practice has a good chance of success, especially if you can convince with your previous professional experience. The retraining takes two years and can be funded by the employment agency upon request.

A formal retraining often means an inappropriately long training (two years of retraining after completing a three-year, higher-qualified training) with a loss of income:

If you want to switch to an office job, the following training courses to become a practice manager at the Apollon Academy (duration 12 months with a practical seminar) are equally helpful:


Change of occupation to administration

Another option is to switch to administration. The statutory health insurance companies are often looking for lateral entrants in the areas of performance monitoring and billing. In your application, the most important thing is your experience in daily nursing practice. You are able to assess certain things more competently. Furthermore, special training or further education is not necessary for such a position. You will often acquire the necessary knowledge in the form of "training on the job" and your new employer will support you with accompanying further training offers if necessary. No shift work, regular working hours and sometimes better paid - what more could you want ...


Change to a company

If you no longer want to have anything to do with hospitals, retirement homes or doctors' surgeries, but would like to keep in touch with medical and nursing work, then further training in company health management is right for you. In addition to the job, the training lasts 12 months and covers areas such as work psychology, health management, corporate health promotion, etc. As a corporate health manager, you can work for large companies in all industries.


Establish your own nursing service

It is also possible to work as a freelance nurse,by providing home care for an individual. Another way is to set up your own nursing service. You are not tied to a clinic or a specific city, but are subject to all the risks and obligations of a freelancer or self-employed person. Before starting an outpatient nursing service, however, it is advisable to complete further training in business administration with a focus on healthcare. The part-time training courses last four to 18 months and in some cases can even be funded with an education voucher from the employment agency. Upon request, the training institutes will send you information material directly - this service is free of charge for you:


Change of occupation through targeted further training

Those who do not want to stay in the day-to-day station operations can gain further qualifications for other specialist areas without completely giving up their originally learned profession. For example, the following training courses or qualifications are possible for nurses:

Before you decide on further training in one of these areas, however, you should be clear about your strengths and the challenges of a new field of activity. Some professions require more intensive contact with patients and relatives, others focus on administration. However, regular working hours without shift work can be found everywhere.


Retraining or studying as an alternative

Of course, if you want to start retraining you can do so outside of the health sector as well. Theoretically, it is possible to learn almost any profession in the form of this shortened training. Again, however, you should be aware of your talents and goals and under no circumstances rush to start a new apprenticeship and possibly terminate a previous employment. It can prove to be a great advantage if you can draw on your previous knowledge and combine it with your retraining occupation.

Among other things, the retraining professions are suitable


You can also take part-time training as a nutritionist at the Apollon University within a few months:


You do not have to have a high school diploma, even with a secondary school diploma or a secondary school leaving certificate, you have the option of studying at a university or technical college. If you have already gained a few years of professional experience after completing your vocational qualification, this can be recognized as a university entrance qualification in connection with a short preparatory seminar. In this case, you can take a course at a university of applied sciences that is related to your original occupation as a nurse. These are, for example, part-time bachelor's degree programs at the Apollon University of Health Economics such as the following:

  • Bachelor Social Work
  • Bachelor Social Management
  • Bachelor in Health Economics
  • Bachelor nursing management
  • Bachelor in Health Tourism
  • Bachelor Prevention Management
  • Bachelor Medical & Health Technology

You can obtain information on the costs, duration and course of the courses directly from the university, which you can request here free of charge: Request the course catalog of the University of Health Economics


Update January 2020: The nursing professions are regrouping

Up to now, you had to decide before starting your training: Would I rather work with children or older people? From 2020, the new training as a nurse introduced. This means that during the training you can first get a taste of all the care areas (care for the elderly, health and nursing, health and children's nursing) and then decide later which direction it should go. More information can be found here.


Many related professions can also be learned through distance learning. Here you can get free information material from the largest distance learning schools: