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.
PBN PHOTO/CONNIE GROSCH
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.
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.