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Transitioning from nursing to medical sales

Posted on 28 March 2022

Nursing is a rewarding and challenging career, but it's not uncommon for nurses to consider a change in their professional path.
If you're a nurse in Australia looking for a career change, there are several options available to you. In this article, we'll explore some of the most common career changes for nurses in Australia and what you need to know to make the transition.

Making a drastic career change is often both exciting and nerve-racking. Especially when you’ve been in a role and industry for so many years. Shifting into unknown territory can come with many questions. You may wonder, am I doing the right thing? Will I be good at it? Is there a future here? The questions and thought process will be endless. Because of the overwhelming feeling and uncertainty, some people remain in dead-end careers with no scope of progression. Whilst many take a leap of faith.

In recent years, the medical industry has seen many employees take a leap of faith. Namely, from nursing. So, what’s driving this change and where are the nurses heading? Let’s find out.

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Why are nurses considering a career change?

When most people decide to make a drastic switch in their career, there are some strong reasons. Whilst it may not be one of the easiest decisions to make, it can often be one of the best and lead to better prospects, job satisfaction, and most importantly, a happier you.

So, whilst there may be several reasons a nurse may leave the nursing profession to pursue a new career, here are some of the most common reasons.

1.     Lack of career progression: most people have a vision regarding how they wish to see their careers progress. However, with the lack of organisational vision, they may perish.

2.     The pay isn’t great: Sometimes a key factor in job satisfaction, pay may not be the number one factor, but it can be a strong reason.

3.     Lack of scope for personal development: With the lack of career progression comes the lack of opportunity to grow your skills. For those who seek a challenge and strive for continual growth, this can become this is reason enough to look elsewhere for the adrenaline rush.

4.     Burnout: While the constant pressure of all the above can cause burnout, nurses also take on emotional baggage from others. This can lead to severe burnout.

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Nursing career pathways

No matter what stage of your career you’re at, there are now more opportunities and pathways for nurses to choose from. With greater recognition of the benefits, more doors are opening.

You may wish to step into a clinical support role and assist with the nursing aspects of treatment/care plans, or you may hope to embark on a career within medical sales, and as a first step, take up a role as an assistant territory manager. Whatever direction you envision taking your career in, there are plenty of resources and training courses to set you on your path to success.

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From nursing to medical sales

When you step out of the conventional thought process of nursing solely being about treating patients with the realm of four walls, you will discover the opportunities through which you can put your skills to work.One such area is within the MedTech sales industry.

Many nurses have found solace by making a career shift into medical sales. Why medical sales? Well, first and foremost, they can continue their passion for healthcare, keeping patients’ best interests at heart. Secondly, take their existing skills and continue to grow them.

A career change from nursing to medical sales doesn’t have to mean going back to university or giving up your passion for healthcare, as we’ve uncovered. The good news is with existing transferable skills, a strong personal brand, and a bit of training, you too can embark on a successful career in MedTech sales.

A few things you can do to set you on the path of a rewarding MedTech sales career are:

·       Connect with sales reps or managers who work in the areas you’re interested in and ask questions. You can always meet for an informal chat over coffee.

·       Bridge your knowledge gap through training courses and educational material.

·       Jump onto LinkedIn. Update your profile and connect with people in the industry.

·       Ride along with a sales rep. What better way to learn than on the job? Plus, you can get a feel for whether it is something you may enjoy before you dive straight in.

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Take your career to the next level with medical sales

If you’ve been considering a career change to medical sales, drop us a call on +61279121168

We’ll work with you to

·       Coach you to build a strong personal brand.

·       Help you with your resume and interview skills.

·       Equip you with any relevant training courses.

·       Update your LinkedIn profile.

·       Start networking.

In the meantime, if we don’t already have one lined up, we will work hard to find you the perfect company and role.

While you’re here, check out our job board for the latest jobs in medical sales. Note, not all jobs are advertised due to confidentiality reasons. Therefore, we encourage you to send us your CV. We’ll see if we have anything suitable for you and if not, we’ll get searching.



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