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How to Make the Most of Your Nursing Career

Being a nurse is a rewarding career choice to make, however, there may well come a time when you need to find a better job or try something different. There are hundreds of different healthcare careers to choose from, and it’s important to do everything you can to stand out from the crowd of other applicants. Whether you’re looking for a change of direction, or simply want to make the most out of every working day, here are several tips to help you.

  • Set realistic goals

Having a goal means you’ll be able to stay focused but make sure it’s an achievable goal. It doesn’t have to be a goal that’ll take longer than a year to achieve either. Small, doable goals mean you won’t lose interest. Set yourself a target and when you’ve done it move on to the next one.

  • Keep your resume updated

Your CV or resume charts your progress and the goals you’ve managed to achieve. Every time you accomplish something new update your resume. If you keep it in an accessible place on your computer, it can be updated easily.

  • Look into further education

Are there gaps in your knowledge that need filling? Would you like to pursue another area of nursing? Look into an online RN to BSN program, for example, if you want to master the skills and knowledge required to take on a new nursing leadership role.     

  • Work on your network

Networking is important for the furtherance of your career so check that all your contacts have your up-to-date contact details. Also, take every opportunity to build on your network by joining professional organizations, attending conferences, and making connections online.

  • Look for someone to mentor

If you want to give something back to your profession, being a coach or a mentor is a rewarding way to do it. Helping new colleagues with their careers can also be a lot of fun.

  • Find ways to relax

Nursing is a stressful career choice, so you need to be able to relax and unwind. All work and no play does not make you a good person to be around, and your job can also be affected. Find hobbies that help you to destress, and you’ll be able to go back to work feeling invigorated.

  • Remove negative influences

Associating with the right kind of people can further your career. Surround yourself with people you admire, and their success will rub off on you. If you hang out with people who whine a lot, their attitude to life is going to impact on yours.

  • Evaluate where you are now

What is your current role and are you happy with it? Are you looking for a change? The tips mentioned above are going to help you do something about it.

  • Love yourself

Being positive about yourself and happy with who you are is vital to any career. In nursing you are often working alongside others, and the energy and passion you give to your job will translate into your work ethic. Nursing can be an incredibly rewarding career, so embrace any challenge that comes your way and see yourself excel sooner than you previously thought possible.