Advanced Healthcare Network for Nurses Article “Time to Move On or Up?” Featuring Rae Ellen Douglas of Kaye/Bassman
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Dallas, Texas, 11/25/2013: By Lin Grensing-Pophal
Taking steps to enhance your current level of job satisfaction can help you prepare for future nursing roles.
Nurses remain in an enviable position when it comes to the job market.
Despite the economic downturn that took root in 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment of registered nurses will grow 26 percent by 2020, faster than the average for all other occupations. Driving that growth, says the BLS, are technological advancement, an increased emphasis on preventative care and the large, aging baby boomer population poised to both increase demand for care and open up positions as older nurses inevitably retire.
Add to that the unknowns of healthcare reform and the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and and you can see it is an environment that is rich with possibilities.
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Douglas suggests a number of things nurses can do to enhance their satisfaction in their current roles, and to help prepare them for future roles:
Join nursing committees
Volunteer for new assignments
Find a new mentor or coach
Read about best practices
Join a nursing association
It’s important for nurses to have conversations with their managers or directors about their career goals, Douglas adds: “We can’t expect our directors or our CNOs to be mind readers.”
This can be tricky terrain, but it really comes down to not so much what is said, but how it’s said. Having these conversations with managers makes them alert to the types of opportunities staff desire. If they’re not able to provide those opportunities, and a nurse decides to move on, it then becomes less of an issue. “There’s no ability for that manager to say ‘I wish I would have known. Why didn’t you tell me?” Sometimes, says Douglas, there is a tendency for nurses, as well as people in other professions, to stay in a position too long.
Even those who are satisfied with their current organizations and their current positions, she says, should keep their eyes and ears open and should be thinking about what drives them, what they enjoy and the kind of environment they prefer to work in. The challenge, it seems, is in strategically assessing which opportunities are right for you.
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