It’s an honorable profession, and one that continues to grow at a rapid pace. Nurses make up the largest workforce in the healthcare industry, leaving much room for advancement, as well as areas to increase critical knowledge and skills.
Make sure you get the most out of your profession. The under listed are ways to boost your nursing career to get the desired elevation or promotion.
1) Always Have Good Intentions
As a nurse, having good intentions seems like it would be second nature. But with long shifts and little downtime, it’s easy to get burnt out or feel overwhelmed – which can directly affect your intent.
2) Always try to maintain an uplifting, positive attitude
Your demeanor has a direct effect on your patients and can play a big part in climbing the ladder, especially if you seek an administrative position. Let your gestures speak for you that you're emphatic and a listening Nurse.
3) Go with Your Gut
Intuition plays a big role in nursing, so always listen to yours. Work within your roles as an ethical Nurse.
4) Know your limitations
Rest when necessary, and don’t work additional hours if there’s even the slightest chance you won’t be on top of your game. Don't dabble into things that will undermine your integrity and put your had earned reputation into disrepute.
5) Think about your actions and how they fit into your big-picture strategy
Your choices today affect your chances for a promotion in the future. Keep away from envious, gossips, slanderers, haters and professional destroyers. Associating with them will ultimately destroy you. Most of them are wolves in sheep's clothing. You need God's spirit and wisdom to discern them.
6) Advance Your Knowledge
Earning your BNSc was a big accomplishment. But let’s face it , you can only go so far in your career with a BNSc besides that seems to be common this days and you need to have that edge over others. Earning an MSN can open doors and elevate your career to the next level.
If putting your career on hold to go back to school seems impossible, consider an online Master of Science in Nursing program that works with your schedule.
A quality online graduate nursing program typically offers the same courses as their brick-and-mortar counterparts, and allows you to maintain your busy lifestyle. Plus, advanced degrees help position you for Executive - level roles.
7) Be Honest
Honesty is critical in the nursing profession. Do your best to uphold honesty at all times. When you make a mistake, own it. You are human and errors can and will happen, so maintain your integrity and work to rectify the issue. When you're honest and open, you can damn consequences when issues occur because you know you're upright. At the end of it all, it's your detractors that will be put to shame.
8) Be a Leader
Leading by example is one of the best ways to work your way up to an upper-management position. You are likely to work with Nurses who are new or have less experience than you do, so make everything a teachable moment.
Sharing your knowledge in a considerate way is the key to earning respect, as well as passing good habits on to the next generation of nurses, so that when you look back after you might have gone, you'll still meet the Nursing of your dream.
9) Respect Your Patient’s Privacy
Keeping medical information private can be daunting, especially when the patient is dealing with a complicated diagnosis. Limit the amount of information you openly share – even in a clinical setting.
Patients have the right to expect that their personal information is treated with the utmost respect and privacy.
10) Represent Your Profession Well - In and Out of the Office
As a nurse, you take your profession with you everywhere you go. Always represent the profession well, whether you’re working or out in the community. Consider lending your talents and skills to organizations in need – volunteer or join groups that could benefit from your knowledge. The more experience you have, the better you’ll position yourself for a future promotion.
11) Take Time for Yourself
Work/life balance is critical to your health and success as a nurse on the floor or in an administrative role. While saying “No” might be difficult, it’s necessary to schedule time for yourself in an effort to combat stress and fatigue.
12) Ask Questions
It’s impossible to know everything, so never be afraid to ask questions. You owe it to yourself and to your patients, so if you’re confused or need further clarification, simply ask.
An inquisitive nurse is seen by management and peers as someone thirsty for knowledge, which is often a sign of a great leader.
13) Never Stop Learning
Stay current. Always look for ways to improve yourself and your industry knowledge, whether through education, volunteer opportunities, or organizing monthly meetings with colleagues.
The nursing profession is fluid. New information and technology constantly changes the way you perform your job.
14) Respect your leaders : don't bite the fingers that fed you.
Give due respect to your leaders at all time even when such leaders seem not to deserve your respect. Two wrongs don't make a right. Refrain from destroying others as a result of personal desire or parochial interest as you will reap what you sow. It is the law of karma. Treat your colleagues as you want to be treated. Don't be vindictive. Follow peace with all men and holiness as appropriate in the eyes of your Creator.
Colleagues, keep all these information at the tip of your fingers and if you adhere to them, the sky will be your beginning.
OLUWA LONI IMO (God owns knowledge).
Good morning Colleagues.
Written by Lateef Yusuf Mary