Plan your nursing career journey with expert advice

By | 2020-04-15T16:48:53-04:00 September 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Whether you’re looking to be a nurse leader or care for patients at the bedside, the right planning is key to meeting your nursing career goals.

Read “Design Your Ideal Nursing Career,” a by OnCourse Learning digital edition, to begin to forge a path to a solid, satisfying career with tips and advice from nurse experts. Take advantage of exclusive articles exploring topics such as searching for the perfect job, resume writing and returning to school.

“Remember, organizations that have a job opening have a problem, a vacancy that represents work not being done,” Robert G. Hess Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, executive vice president and chief clinical executive of healthcare for OnCourse Learning wrote. If you market yourself as a product that represents the solution, you have a better shot at success.

Get invaluable tips

In “Tips on how to change jobs,” Eileen P. Williamson, RN, MSN, explores the question of whether nurses should consider switching employers as their next career step. Williamson cites data from the U.S. Department of Labor showing the median number of years wage and salaried workers had been with their current employers was 4.2 years.

“Each job you have during your nursing career is not the sum-total of your work history, but an important building block of what will be your nursing story,” Williamson wrote. “We need to give each one our best, then know when it’s time to move on.”

Readers also will want to check out our job satisfaction survey and learn how their peers are rating their satisfaction levels at their workplaces. The survey looks at important areas such as salary and benefits, morale, and personal and professional growth.

Make a good first impression

Working on your resume? Read insight from a nurse recruiter who details how the right resume can make a great impression on employers. And be prepared once that resume catches employers’ eyes with our 5 tips for acing the job nursing interview post. Career expert Donna Cardillo, MA, RN, CSP, offers advice for making a great impression in the job interview.

Numerous resources are available for job seekers. In “Get on boards with job hunting,” Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC, outlines the benefits of niche job sites that are only a click away.

When planning a career, being able to live and work somewhere you love is a plus. But what if you want to travel? That opportunity exists for nurses and we examine it in “Find out if travel nursing is right for you.” Before embarking on a nurse travel career though, read advice from nurse legal expert Nancy Brent, MS, JD, RN, on the legal ramifications to consider when it comes to travel nursing contracts.

The guide also offers helpful information on engaging millennials, conflict management, bioethics and a free CE course on empowerment.

Read “Design Your Ideal Nursing Career” today and make your career trajectory work for you!

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About the Author:

Sallie Jimenez
Sallie Jimenez is content manager for healthcare for from Relias. She develops and edits content for the blog, which covers industry news and trends in the nursing profession and healthcare. She also develops content for the Digital Editions. She has more than 25 years of healthcare journalism, content marketing and editing experience.


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    Minu Mathew October 28, 2019 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Hello Team,
    I am a Bsc nurse working in Dubai. I would like to seek advice as I wanted to quit bedside nursing care. I wanted to work in hospital but not in direct contact with the patients. Please advise in regards with alternative nursing career.

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    Ann Nancy Chege May 22, 2020 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I am an RN with Bsc recently moved to United States.
    I really don’t understand the systems here and I’m afraid to ask to avoid suspicion.
    I have always wanted to do adult critical Care Nursing
    Where do I start?

    • Sallie Jimenez
      Sallie Jimenez May 29, 2020 at 10:33 am - Reply

      Hello Ann,

      I think a good place for you to start is at According to the website,”CGFNS International is an immigration neutral nonprofit organization that helps foreign educated healthcare professionals live and work in their country of choice by assessing and validating their academic and professional credentials.” I’m sure they’d do their best to answer your questions regarding moving your nursing career in the U.S. forward.

      Good luck!

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    Gumercinda Huamani July 25, 2021 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    I started as a RN since 2011. After 7 years of experience I thought that I was ready to become an FNP. I completed the MSN FNP in January 2020, I got certified in February 2021. But nobody will hire me as a new FNP.

    All positions that I applied for new grad FNP have at least 600 applicants, according to a report. To be honest, the amount of knowledge before and after the MSN program was minimum; 75% of the program was about ethics, compassion, nursing theories, and rules/regulations, and 25% about case scenarios, physical exam, and documentation (easy cases that I knew how to handle as a RN). I am paying my masters until 2026.

    I am in the process of being rehired, with the same salary I had 2 years ago, on my former unit. I don’t see anything bad in being an RN, but I graduated with honors in a masters program, and I got certified, plus a big debt. I feel very unsatisfied to return to my previous work, having a masters for nothing.

    They would only consider me for a FNP position with documented 2 years of experience as an FNP in another facility. No bonus, old salary, no possibilities to advance. I traveled to several rural areas for employment and spent money on gas and plane tickets for nothing. I am so sad. In rural areas they want new grads but prefer acute care NPs. (I am an FNP without experience). I ended like my coworkers, with an FNP certification and same RN work. What can I do?

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