Flex-job popularity sign of changing economy?

By Rhonda J. Miller
PBN Staff Writer

Laura Boucher is a 23-year-old registered nurse with the goal of having a full-time job, preferably at Bradley Hospital, because of its focus on mental-health care for children and adolescents. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



WORKFORCE

Flex-job popularity sign of changing economy?

PBN PHOTO/CONNIE GROSCH
FINDING WHAT WORKS: Laura Boucher, left, a 23-year-old Providence resident, recently took a part-time, flexible position working overnight shifts at Bradley Hospital 20 hours a week.

By Rhonda J. Miller
PBN Staff Writer

Posted 2/24/14

Laura Boucher is a 23-year-old registered nurse with the goal of having a full-time job, preferably at Bradley Hospital, because of its focus on mental-health care for children and adolescents.

Since Boucher hasn’t been offered that full-time position yet, she’s willing – even eager – to take steps toward her goal by accepting an offer to work at the East Providence hospital in a part-time, flexible position from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. for 20 hours a week, a schedule rounded out from 24 hours one week and 16 hours the next.

A six-week residency at Bradley through a six-month program called Passports to Practice convinced Boucher this work was her goal. Through the same Passport to Practice program, she’s just starting a five-week residency, working two full days a week, in medical-surgical nursing at The Miriam Hospital in Providence.

“After I start work at Bradley on March 4, my goal will be to manage both Bradley and Miriam for two-to-three weeks,” said Boucher. “The part-time job at Bradley gives me time to see more of the medical-surgical side of nursing at Miriam and finish the Passport to Practice program.”

Boucher’s irregularly structured work style, particularly in health care, is one of many that put Providence among the top seven cities in the U.S. for the most positions available in the 10 highest-in-demand categories of flexible jobs, according to a study by Boulder, Colo.-based FlexJobs.com, an online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time and freelance jobs.

“From our perspective, it means we think Providence is open and amenable to have people work in different ways. The old way of nine-to-five doesn’t work for some companies,” said Brie Reynolds, director of online content and author of a flexible jobs blog for FlexJobs.

Research by FlexJobs found that the positions job seekers searched for most during 2013 were topped off by nursing, followed by data entry, marketing, writer, Java developer, editor, project manager, sales, accounting and customer service. The list was compiled by FlexJobs through analysis of data from keyword searches.

Next Page
Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Join PBN and two panels of successful female executives, business owners and entrepreneurs as we delve into what women should do to advance their careers, and become leaders in the corporate world and their own enterprises.
  • Book of Lists Party
    Save the date - January 15, 2015 for PBN's Book of Lists Party at the Providence ...
  • Best Places to Work
    Enrollment is now open for the 7th annual Best Places to Work program. Winners w ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News
    Advertisement