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Alternative Careers for Nurses

Becoming a foster carer is a perfect alternative career for nurses as it allows you to carry on making a positive difference to people’s lives. So what are the benefits of being a foster parent after a career in nursing? 


As a nurse, you’ve probably had your fair share of stress. Whether it’s the long working hours, difficult patients, low pay or simply feeling undervalued and overworked. If you’re a nurse or ex-nurse it can often be really tricky to find a new career. Especially one that will suit your needs, play to your strengths and ensure that you feel valued and supported. That’s where fostering comes in.

You already have the skills 

To have been successful in your current or previous nursing role, you will already possess a wide range of skills, characteristics and qualities that make a good nurse. These attributes are also key to becoming a successful foster parent, so if any of the following traits sound like you, it’s likely that you’ll have what it takes to be a fantastic foster carer: 


  • Ability to persevere  
  • Patience
  • An understanding of safeguarding principles  
  • Ability to manage your own well-being as well as the welfare of others 
  • Knowledge of various health problems (both mental and physical)
  • A caring nature  
  • Ability to care for those with complex needs


These attributes will allow you to thrive in a career as a foster carer after being a nurse and will allow you to carry on doing what you do best.  

You’ll build closer bonds


As a nurse (depending on your role), your patients will often come in, be treated and leave. From time to time you’ll see them again at a follow up appointment or check up, but these occasions are often brief, centred around their health and of course within a professional context. 


When your patient is a young person or child, particularly if they’re having a rather challenging upbringing, this can sometimes leave you wishing you could help further, or that you knew how they were getting on after your time with them. 


However, as a foster carer you will have the chance to watch your fostered child or young adult grow and progress and will often be given the opportunity to stay in contact with them long after your time together. 


We hope this article has been useful in providing you with an evaluation of whether or not becoming a foster carer is a good alternative career for nurses. We also hope that this guide has shed some light on the similarities and differences between the two careers. 


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