I recently moved to Grand Rapids, MN for my husband's new job. I received my BSN in December of 2009 but have not begun work as became unexpectedly pregnant during school and had a baby in March.
I am a second degree student and have almost a decade of experience in not-for-profit management, grant writing, education and outreach, graphic design and technical writing. I returned to school to pursue my CNM. I plan on returning to work full time in the fall of 2011, but would like to volunteer right now in a meaningful fashion that utilizes my nursing skills. I understand that the opportunity to work directly with patients will be limited, but am wondering if nurse managers would be interested in a person such as myself for other options. I certainly understand I won't be inserting IVs and foleys (haha) but I want to do something proffessional that will help soften the almost 2 year break between graduation and my entry into practice.
How should I approach finding a volunteer position? Should I contact the nurse manager at our local hospital L&D? Based on my background, would the public health department be a better fit? I want to help meet their needs, while at the same time exercise my skills.