Determining what nursing job to pursue next can be a difficult decision. Where should you go? What specialty should you try next? When should you transition? Regardless of how those answers play out in your life, there are numerous things that you can do as a nurse right now to set yourself up for a job transition. Nurses often get too focused on trying to determine where they want to be and when, that they forget to do the things that will get them there now.
When opportunities arise, you need to be ready to respond. Although the demand for nurses is great, many specialty practices and opportunities are difficult to get into. High demand practices such as the emergency department, the medical intensive care unit, pediatrics, labor and delivery, and the neonatal intensive care unit can be highly competitive. When opportunities arise to apply for a particular job, you must be ready. One could put together a fresh resume and cover letter in a reasonably short amount of time, say a day or two. Especially for the driven one, the career developer, the one who knows where they want to be and doesn’t want to settle for less, the time is now to pursue that job.
Nursing can be so demanding on a day-to-day basis, that nurses don’t take the time to evaluate their professional development. In reality, preparing for your next job should be something that starts years before applying for the job itself. Otherwise, you’re not really putting your best self forward. Even in a job where you feel stuck and are looking to get out of, there are numerous opportunities that can set you up to get where you desire to be.
By Crystal Norris, R.N.
It’s your 3rd shift in a row. It has been a stressful, short-staffed shift with difficult patients with even more difficult families. You feel drained physically and emotionally. You find yourself irritable and empathy waning. For a moment you feel like you are becoming that nurse. You know - the one you swore you would never become; that overworked nurse that seems a little frazzled and drained.
Caregiving is one is the most rewarding, but difficult professions that anyone can choose. As nurses, we routinely place the needs of patients over the needs of ourselves. We all feel a call to serve, but when we do not care for ourselves, we will not be able to care for our patients.
Relax! You can stop the cycle using a process that you use every day of your nursing career - the Nursing Process. Using this process, you can assess your self-care needs, diagnose deficits in your self-care, coordinate a plan of action, implement changes, and evaluate the results of those changes. For Nurses Week, let’s focus on number one - us! After all, when we are our best, we can do our best.
By Tyler Faust, R.N.
Knowing what you want in a job is only half the battle. Finding the answers to these questions and any other questions you have about a potential new job is the other half of the battle. Here are three ways you can help ensure a potential new job is truly the job you are looking for.
1. Job Shadow
Job shadows are extremely underutilized. If you have big questions you feel were not sufficiently answered in the interview or want to meet and speak with the people you would be working alongside, request a job shadow before or after a job interview. This will get you hours of exposure to the work unit to experience the culture on the unit first hand. It will give you a snapshot of how staffing is and how the RN staff function with physicians and other roles.
By Tyler Faust, R.N.
When searching for a new job, it can be hard to know exactly what the new job entails. Nobody is foolish enough to believe that there is such a thing as a perfect job that has no difficult colleagues to work with or parts of the job that are boring or unappealing. It is a fact that every nursing job has an upside and downside when compared to another.
Chances are you have important questions that you want accurate answers to. Questions that will not be answered in a job posting. Job interviews can often feel superficial and sugar-coated. Finding the answers to specific questions often feels like searching in the dark. As someone on the outside, how can you tell if a new job is truly a good fit before signing the dotted line? Let’s discuss some questions to ask yourself to gauge if a particular job is a right fit for you, and determine how to get the answers so you can make the most informed decision possible.
By Crystal Norris, R.N.
We all became nurses for different reasons. Different paths brought us all together. Sometimes with the day-to-day grind, we find morale faltering and motivation lacking. When teamwork has tanked, we may just need a tiny spark of inspiration and encouragement to turn things around.
The key to a successful team is collaboration. Lack of partnership equals frustration for all- nurses, doctors, patients, and families. Collaboration is one of the essential nursing responsibilities outlined by California's Nursing Practice Act. This concept is also a part of the American Nursing Credentialing Center's Exemplary Professional Practice requirement for organizations seeking Magnet status. So how do we get make it happen?
By Tyler Faust, R.N.
If thinking of an easy or moderate career transition leaves you wanting more, then it's time to think bigger. It just may be the time for you to take the plunge into leadership. A job into leadership at any level would be making the big jump and the most difficult transition of all.
When taking this step, there is nothing holding you back. All options are open for consideration and there is no lack of drive for this move. You’re ready for the next level, a difficult but welcomed move. If this sounds appealing, then you might be ready for a challenging move. The most difficult move you could make is upward to the leadership level and to a new specialty simultaneously.
By Tyler Faust, RN
Any career transition can be difficult to pursue. You might find yourself neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with your job. You might not know where or how to begin your job search. That's why it's important to ask yourself a few questions before you start updating your resume. Nursing has a wide variety of jobs to pursue and finding the right one can seem elusive, especially if you aren’t sure what you want. When looking to make a move, consider a job change based on the difficulty of the move overall.
By Kiley Griffin, R.N.
You’ve chosen to enter one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, and your decision to become a nurse allows you to help others while making a great income. With so many job opportunities at your fingertips, it’s often hard to know which direction to go. After all, options such as becoming a travel nurse are glamorous at first glance, but they also have some drawbacks.
Having the freedom to choose from different types of positions is one of the perks of being a nurse, and one of the biggest choices you face is whether you want to pursue travel nursing or apply for a permanent position at a hospital. It’s also important to consider, that on average, a nurse only travels for roughly two years and then spends the remaining part of their career in permanent roles. As you weigh your options, you can ask yourself these questions to make sure that you are happy in your new position:
4 ways to simplify recruiting to deliver faster results at lower cost: Understanding what nurses want is the first step
California now leads the country in the nursing shortage with an estimated 45,000 deficit within the next five years.(1) The impact of the shortage on care quality cannot be underestimated. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, there is a direct correlation between mortality and below-target staffing and high-turnover shifts. Increasing the number of RNs can help hospitals reduce the number of readmissions and hospital stays related to adverse events.(2)
Getting Ahead of the Nursing Shortage Through Innovation and Technology
By Iman Abuzeid, M.D.
There are approximately three million nurses in the U.S., 700,000 of which are projected to retire or leave the workforce within the next six years. Filling these vacancies will require more than one million new registered nurses.(1) Even today, nearly 200,000 nursing positions sit unfilled at any given time.(2) One thing is certain: If our existing recruiting methods can’t handle today’s shortage, they aren’t going to handle tomorrow’s.