6 Important ways to Jumpstart your Nursing Career
If you have been a nurse for a while now then you know that your career can feel stale at times. For some the stress of working can become very great and for others just the simple act of going to work every week can become monotonous. Don’t fret! I’m here to tell you that there is hope to get through those feelings and jumpstart your nursing career!! Those feelings of stress and monotony happens to everyone. Here are six tips to help you push through those feelings and become a more effective nurse leader. Jumpstarting your nursing career can be a great way to de-stress your life and also re-motivate you about the work that you do.
Take a Vacation/staycation
Most nurse leaders work in a very stressful environment. Between dealing with patients and their family members, difficult co-workers and doctors, all that stress starts to building up. That stress eventually leads to nurse burnout. Nurse burnout leads to poor nurse satisfaction and patient satisfaction and could potentially lead to a desire to leave the nursing profession. One solution is to try to take vacations whenever the stress builds up. I’m not even talking about taking an expensive vacation or even leaving your house. Taking a vacation could be as simple as not being at work for a week. Being able to get away from the job will allow you to recharge and come back to work re-motivated.
If you want to jumpstart your nursing career you should be networking. If you are not doing this you should start. Have you ever heard the slogan it’s not what you know but who you know? Networking is a very important part of building your nurse professional brand. Nurses can move in and out of management really quick so you never know when that person who you connected with and kept in contact with will end up being in an administrative position. Keep in mind that it also goes both ways. Those connections you made and how significant those connections become will depend on how well you have developed your personal brand. For example, let’s say you wanted to change jobs to another facility. You find out that Suzie who you have connected with and kept in contact with has been working there for awhile. If you ask Suzie to give you a reference and submit your name to the hiring manager it gives you an edge versus just applying and hoping someone notices your application.
Do some Reflecting
If you want to jumpstart yourself and your nursing career you should probably spend some time reflecting. This looks differently to every person it might be meditation, prayer or just a state of thoughtfulness. Either way it is important to reflect on the past. When you reflect, think about all the good things that happened and then think about what all you did to get those good things to happen. Also think about the negative things that have happened in the past and what your part might have been in causing those things to happen. The goal being to increase more of the actions that got the positive consequences and decrease the actions that got the negative responses. When you are reflecting, also reflect on the future. Where do you want to go? Where is your destination? What changes do you need to make now to put you on track to get there? Knowing your destination makes it easier to identify the road you need to get there.
Seeking Wise Counsel
This is similar to reflection but I figured it was worth its own heading. As you go through and reflect it can be very beneficial to seek out the thoughts of others. As you are reflecting on the past and laying out the groundwork for the future a trusted advisor could give you valuable feedback. The trusted advisor could be a mentor, friend, spouse, or significant-other. You don’t even have to stop at one, you can have multiple advisors. The beauty of having multiple advisors is that you get multiple points of view based on different perspectives.
I consider reading as an effective means not only to jumpstart your nursing career but also to improve yourself as well. I’m not just talking about books, nonfiction vs fiction, etc. I’m talking about all of it. Reading serves many purposes. Reading can be a means to de-stress and relax by dissociating yourself from the current world and bringing you into a new world. It can be a means for self-improvement to learn things you didn’t know and to gain insight from the world around you. Personally, while I don’t read that many books within a year I do read a lot of blogs, articles, research articles about various topics. The goal being to further the knowledge I do have about a topic and to gain new insight.
Getting a hobby
What do you do when you are not at work? Do you have something to look forward to when you get home.? Is it exercise, walking your dog or puzzles? I know nurses who enjoy clipping coupons and they look forward to doing that. Finding a hobby can be a good way to de-stress after working which keeps your life in perspective!
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