Many professionals, especially those in the health care industry, make the move from direct care positions to management. Most are pleased to be in a higher position and building their careers. Some realize they miss the daily interaction with coworkers and patients or residents and regret the decision to take a management position. There are many differences between the two types of positions and it can be difficult to know if a higher position is right.
Take an Interim Position
One way to explore opportunities before committing to a permanent position is to try out a higher position to see if it is something worth pursuing. It may not be in your nature to spend days organizing schedules, supervising an entire staff, or working to revise policies and procedures. Interim position for all levels of nursing and administrating long-term care facilities are available nationwide.
The length is typically thirteen-weeks, often with an opportunity to renew the contract. While gaining new experience, professionals can also determine if management is what they want to do in their career. The pay is significant, the experience is rewarding, and professionals can always resume floor duties if they discover that is what they prefer.
There are some professionals who travel from interim position to interim position for years before they decide, if they ever do, to take a permanent position. An interim position has several advantages, one being trying a position to find out if it is right for you.
How to Access Interim Positions
Most facilities utilize a staffing agency to find candidates for interim positions. Apply for an interim position with an agency to get started. It is that simple. The agency arranges for travel and living expenses, provides excellent pay and benefits, and helps find other positions as the interim assignment is due to be completed.
Go to any agency website that specializes in health care staffing to view pages and pages of vacant interim positions across the country. There is no shortage of assignments, and that trend is projected to continue. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a seventeen percent increase in nursing and administrating jobs through 2024. That is higher than the average in any other industry.