If you are a registered UK nurse and can’t decide where you want to be in your nursing career 5 or 10 years down the line, you’ve got what it takes to fast track your career for advancement. This post is for you, to help you build and advance your nursing career in the right direction.
Here’s how to do it:
Choose the Right Organisations
If you’re looking to advance your nursing career, you need to make sure you have a stellar CV. The organisations that you work for can have a negative or positive impact on your CV. Be choosy with the companies that you accept employment with, and stick to the professional ones only. They have the reputation and the name that will open up opportunities, connections and experience that is valuable, and that will set you apart from the next nurse.
It pays to have meaningful professional relationships with various individuals in the industry. Many nurses prefer to stay in their comfort zones limiting themselves to a select group of colleagues they can relate to. The individuals looking for advancement in their careers go all out building positive relationships where possible. Industry leaders and influential people are located everywhere – the hospital or facility you work for, a community you volunteer within, networking events which are definitely worth attending, and via social media platforms.
Be warm and friendly. Work on making a good first impression with people you meet. Build your network and connect!
Don’t Stop Studying
There are many certifications and advanced level nursing courses that you can pursue to broaden the horizons of your nursing career. If you have specific interests in the field such as surgery or emergency medicine – go for it! Certifications will enhance your professionalism and make you a well rounded candidate, ready for any opportunities that come your way.
Consider Getting a Mentor
Identify somebody senior to yourself who you can relate to. A nurse who has many years experience, someone who has seen it all, the good days and the bad, they can help you learn and grow. These seasoned nurses have the insights, experience, and knowledge that come with years of practice. Once you have a mentor, you can turn to them for guidance and advice, even for the things that are not found in textbooks.
Everyone is unique in their own way and sometimes, this is what sets you apart from the crowd. Whilst being well respected and trusted is a priority, add additional elements to your professional career. Be practical, be proficient, be punctual, be reliable, be focused, be consistent, be passionate … and keep your eye on the goal.
Don’t think that your added effort ever goes unnoticed. Your superiors will witness and acknowledge it. This will put you on their priority list for any career growth opportunities that may arise. Also, make sure your patients are happy too.
Of the many strategies used to advance within the nursing field, these are by far the most effective. Take your time to research and plan, see what suits your schedule and works best for you. Be confident, be strong, and fearlessly pursue your dreams of a successful nursing career into the future.
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