Becoming a nurse manager wasn’t a planned career move, but I liked managing and leading a team and was good at it. I enjoyed the close interpersonal exchange and found that I loved fostering an empowering environment.
Changing nursing specialties is not easy, but it’s sometimes necessary. Whatever your reason for seeking something new, here’s a step-by-step action plan for moving toward your more utopian practice.
No one can discount nurses' initial education or denigrate experience. But nurses also need to acquire knowledge and expertise to anchor present practice and stay marketable into the future. This is why Nurse.com by OnCourse Learning recently published the “How to Use Lifelong Learning for a Lifetime of Success” e-book.
Just about anyone who has a planned career trajectory will encounter a difficult boss, a supervisor who, for whatever reason, seems to be on a different page than you are. Read strategies for handling these troublemakers.
Empowered nurses are assertive in human interactions but aggressive about knowledge. They entrepreneurially scan the environment for new opportunities, and they intrapreneurially monitor their organizations for ways to make a difference. They look for new solutions to old problems. They are in control.
Progressive shared governance models endure and keep appearing because they redistribute authority among staff and management in a way that empowers nurses. And their value becomes more apparent as time goes by.