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I want to become a healthcare executive. What should be my next strategic move upward?

Question:

Dear Donna,

I’ve been a RN for 10 years. I have my MBA, and I am behind my professional learning curve. I currently function as a clinical coordinator/program analyst. My goal is to become a healthcare executive. What should be my next strategic move upward?

Ann

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Ann,

You need to start rubbing elbows with those successfully doing what you want to do. In another words, you need to find role models and mentors and start doing a lot of networking in the right circles.

Where and how can you do that? Join and get active in the American College of Healthcare Executives and/or the American Organization of Nurse Executives . You don’t need to already be an “executive” to join either association or go to their meetings as a guest.

Here are some additional tips: Be sure to have business cards made for yourself for networking and professional contact information exchange. Brush up on your self-marketing and networking skills by reading related books and articles. Dress like the person you want to be. That includes wearing good-quality business suits and accessories (shoes, jewelry, briefcase, pen, etc.).

Start going after higher-level positions. Apply for anything you hear of or are interested in. You might also consider working with a healthcare recruiter (headhunter).

You’ll learn how to do this and much more in my newest book, The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career .

No one succeeds alone, and that includes nurses and healthcare executives from all backgrounds. You need to immerse yourself in that community; start acting, dressing, and talking like a healthcare executive; work on getting and staying positive and pumped up; and charge ahead to your goal!

Here are a few articles you may find helpful: “Set Goals and Change Your Life” , “In Search of the Right Mentor” , “Gearing up For Management” , and “Focus on the Positive” .

My best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’s “Dear Donna” and author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional and The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career. Information about the books is available at www.nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.nurse.com/asktheexperts/deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.

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