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4 ways to reboot your nursing career

If your nursing career is feeling uninspired or flaccid, here are four suggestions for grabbing your nursing career by the horns.

Network like a pro

Why would you choose to network if your nursing career was in the doldrums? Because talking with other nurses engaged in interesting endeavors can inspire you to expand your thinking and consider more options for the direction of your career. Encountering nurses who are fired up about what they do can deeply impact your sense of what’s possible.

As mentioned in a previous post, online networking is a great place to meet like-minded healthcare professionals, expand the collective genius of your professional network and open up new avenues.

Whether you’re networking on LinkedIn or attending local nursing association meetings, enjoy how new perspectives open your mind. Use informational interviews as a more formal method of one-to-one networking with professionals with whom you feel an affinity (these can be done in person, or by Skype or phone).

Be sure to also reach out to people already in your network; don’t overlook the gold that’s right under your nose. Ask for help, seek advice and be candid about the state of your career if you feel comfortable doing so.

Networking doesn’t just expand your stable of contacts, but it also expands your vision. When you’re bored or otherwise unchallenged, you can become myopic. Talking with others is a breath of fresh air in a career that feels stifling.

Look for inspiration in unlikely places

You can seek inspiration from new and existing members of your network; you also can look for inspiration in places completely unrelated to nursing.

If you need inspiration, find biographical movies and documentaries about famous people who overcame adversity or created unique lives for themselves.

TED talks are an amazing source of high-quality presentations on a variety of subjects. The TED archive provides hours of presentations that will stimulate your thinking and help you to significantly expand your vision of what’s possible.

Books are another venue for new ways of thinking, whether fiction or non-fiction. The earnest nurse in search of an expanded mind has much to glean from the written word.

Keep learning

Curiosity and learning are closely related, and one can naturally lead to the other. For instance, if you’re curious about nurse entrepreneurship, you can easily learn about current trends from blogs, articles, podcasts and conferences on the subject.

An engaged mind is less likely to be bored or feel stifled, so consider how to keep learning so your nursing career feels fed and watered. Use your natural curiosity and desire for learning as tools for rebooting a career or choosing a new direction.

Remain open

Open-mindedness is key. From networking and unlikely inspirations to a desire for learning, there are many ways to expand your sense of what’s possible in your nursing career. If you take off your blinders and remain open to possibility, there’s no telling how your career will blossom.

By | 2020-04-06T11:02:05-04:00 October 25th, 2015|Categories: Nursing Careers and Jobs|3 Comments
Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC
Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC, is the Board Certified Nurse Coach behind and the award-winning blog, Digital Doorway. Keith is co-host of, a popular nursing podcast, and also hosts The Nurse Keith Show, his own podcast focused on career advice and inspiration for nurses. A widely published writer, Keith is the author of “Savvy Networking For Nurses: Getting Connected and Staying Connected in the 21st Century.” He brings a plethora of experience as a nursing thought leader, holistic career coach, writer and nurse entrepreneur.


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    Joanna November 12, 2015 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Very informative article. Thank you for sharing! Joanna

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    Duncan Lance September 25, 2018 at 12:09 am - Reply

    There is a lot that you can do to reinvigorate your nursing career. As the article points out, one of the best ways to do this is to keep learning. One idea you might consider is a nurse coach so that you can get a better idea of what you need to improve on.

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    Donna September 26, 2018 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I have been off the floor for 9 years caring for my Mom. I want to get back to acute care. My license is current, so I was going to take a refresher/reentry program. But I have been told it will not get me a job. Is there anything else I can do to implement my chances and update my skills?

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