I’m a Healthcare Professionals Placement (Nurses!) CEO – and I’m Hiring Returning Moms


Why your resume gap just became your biggest asset

By Louise Weadock, MPH, RN, Founder & CEO-CNO of ACCESS Nursing Services

When a woman takes a career break in order to spend time raising a family, it’s often seen as an either-or choice — a tradeoff in which she accepts professional setbacks in exchange for the personal rewards that come with staying home to be a mom.

But while many employers dismiss those years as nothing more than a detrimental gap in work experience, there’s one profession with an urgent need for workers with the exact qualities and skillsets that seasoned moms bring to the table — nursing.

It’s also one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country, with more than a million positions projected to open up thru the year 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those vacancies are becoming increasingly difficult to fill — and that’s where you returning moms come in.

Your competitive advantage

Nurses are retiring at a faster rate than new ones can replace them — and as a recent report in The Atlantic notes, the shortage is exacerbated by the fact that new, first-career nursing school graduates often lack the experience and maturity necessary to step into the roles of those retiring nurses.

There are no substitutes or shortcuts for on-the-job clinical training. But as the CEO of a nursing staffing agency, I’ve discovered that the transition from nursing student to nurse tends to be much less stressful — and the learning curve much less steep — for veterans of the mommy trenches.

That’s because being the lead parent requires many of the exact same skills and qualities as being a competent nurse — maturity and judgment, warmth and empathy, and the capacity to keep your cool while juggling lots of time-sensitive responsibilities under pressure, just to name a few. And as it happens, women are also overwhelmingly the head decision-makers in the household when it comes to healthcare, according to a study Center for Talent Innovation — another leg up for moms.

All these things add up to a valuable package for employers like me — and it’s a package that’s fairly unique to second-career moms returning from a professional break.

In other words, in today’s competitive job market, your resume gap just became your secret weapon.

What’s in it for you

Nursing is a profession that’s exceptionally well-suited for moms returning to work, offering unparalleled flexibility, mobility, and job security.

There is no hour of the day or night that nurses aren’t needed; it’s one of the few professions in which opportunities are literally available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The options are almost limitless — part-time, full-time, temporary contracts and permanent gigs are all possibilities. And if your schedule or situation changes and one placement no longer works for you, there will always be countless others waiting.

Nursing can also fill a need that’s fairly common among mothers whose kids are becoming more independent; it’s a nurturing role so it can help provide some of those same feel-good rewards moms may miss from their days of being full-time caregivers in the home.

But perhaps the biggest draw is simple supply and demand: Thanks to the nurse shortage and the projected growth in the field, nurses have unprecedented bargaining power to negotiate the hours, wages and type of workplace setting that they want.

In other words, you’ll call the shots.

Making it happen

Happily, there’s also great flexibility in when and how you study to become a nurse. While the best-known path may be to study as a traditional, full-time nursing student, there’s no shortage of options for completing your education in a way that fits your lifestyle.

If you want to get to work as soon as possible, consider an accelerated nursing program. There are hundreds of accelerated baccalaureate programs, allowing nursing students to complete their undergraduate requirements in as little as 12-18 months, compared to the typical four years. Similarly, you could complete an accelerated master’s degree program in as little as two to three years.

Prefer to ease into it? There are numerous alternatives for part-time study, including evening and weekend classes, as well as online courses — all helpful options for moms who still have responsibilities in the home, or who can’t afford to attend school full-time A number of scholarships for nursing students can also help bridge that gap.

The barriers to re-entry are all falling away, while the advantages just keep piling up. The timing couldn’t be better. So I’d like to extend to you my personal invitation to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity: Moms, your second career awaits!

We offer the ACE program at ACCESS Nursing — “” ACCESS Career Evaluation.”  It’s a free career consultation and assessment where we walk you through your options and match your skills with what’s currently available and where you’ll best fit.  Please call (646) 346-1625) to schedule an appointment and for more information.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Reesa Lewandowski
Reesa Lewandowski
4 years ago

I really give credit to nurses. I have a few mom friends who work as nurses and I can’t imagine doing the hours, what you see and do everyday and being a mom too!

Robin rue
Robin rue
4 years ago

I have so many friends that are nurses. It’s one of those professions there’s always going to be needed.

Jeni Hawkins
4 years ago

I love nurses. They really work so hard, and get so little credit. I can’t believe the HOURS they work, too!

4 years ago

I have a lot of people in my family that are nurses. I know when I’m sick that I want the nurse to take care of me because I think they know more about me than my own doctor. They work so hard.

4 years ago

Great article and very informative

4 years ago

I have a lot of nurse friends. This article has a lot of great information.

Mama to 6 Blessings
4 years ago

Sounds like a great career. Definitely a growing industry. I have a friend who is a nurse that would like to hear about this.

Amy Desrosiers
Amy Desrosiers
4 years ago

I tried doing nursing school and I was not cut out for it. I cannot deal with all that squeamish stuff.

Diana Rambles
4 years ago

Nurses really do make the world go round. My mom was a nurse and a great mom at the same time.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All

Nurses are always in demand in our area. The college program always fills up and has a waiting list.

Ann B
Ann B
4 years ago

My friend is a Nurse and she loves her job. It is so rewarding for her to help people get better.

Claudia Krusch
Claudia Krusch
4 years ago

I would love to have a second career as a Nurse. I had no idea we were facing a shortage. It would be a rewarding career.

Lisa Bristol
Lisa Bristol
4 years ago

My Mother was a Nurse before she had my Sister and I. It is a job that does not get enough praise.