Nursing career goals? I changed my mind at least three times.

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Once you become a Nurse, you have to decide a career direction. Which area of Nursing will you choose? Will you advance your career… if so what will you choose?

Will you pursue OB? Med-Surg? ICU? ER? PACU? OR? Peds??

The list is quite endless. And you have to sort of make up your mind by the time you graduate.

I remember when I was in my diploma Nursing program, I changed my mind three times. And it took me another couple years to truly find my calling.

Then your mind will change a couple more times once you graduate, pass the NCLEX and do this job for a short-time.

If I can offer two pieces of advice regarding which direction to choose:

1. Would you make the same choice if the money was not a concern? Make your choice based on the actual job, not the pay.
2. Have the self-awareness to know what actually will make you happy. Will you be excited to wake up every day to do the job you choose?

Care to add any sage words of advice?

Check out the video below. Click the title, head on over to my Facebook page and leave me a comment.

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For the CNA who wants to advance their career

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I wonder what the percentage is….?

Some become an RN(LPN) because of the work they did as a Nursing Aide, and some became a Nursing Aide because they were entering Nursing school.
How many Nurses started their career as an Aide (CNA / PCT / Tech)? For all my Nurse Aide’s out there who are interested in taking the next step. I have three tips for you:

1. Be a sponge
2. Ask questions OFTEN
3. Observe the best, ignore the rest

All my Nurses out there… care to add any helpful tips for the Nurses’ Aide out there wanting to advance their career

Check out the video below. Click the title, head on over to my Facebook page and leave me a comment.

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My 'Ah-hah' moment becoming a nurse..

Everyone has it. Whether we know it or not. As nurses we have that ‘light bulb’ moment when it clicks. If we’re lucky it happens while we are still in school. For some it happens while we’re out there in the work force. And for some it happens when we stop looking for that ‘perfect job’.

It’s that moment when it’s no longer a ‘job’. When you can picture yourself doing whatever it is you’re doing for the rest of your career (or close to it).

For me it was critical care. It was my ICU clinical rotation in my diploma-nursing program. I remember vividly how cool, how comfortable, and how right it felt when I was sitting at my patient’s bedside, chatting with them while I was watching their ECG monitor, assessing their vital signs as I administered an IV push medication. (I was making sure they didn’t become hypotensive and/or become bradycardic)

I was baffled, amazed and completely engaged in the idea that what I was doing was so impactful to their well-being and their care. What I did mattered. What I did made a difference, in real time. It was measurable and titratable. The cause and effect of my actions was tangible on so many levels. (not to mention I got to use and utilize some pretty cool machines and gadgets)

This ‘Ah-hah’ moment was one of the two ‘things’ that I think can help you decide on a career path. Check out my thoughts over at Scrubs Beat this past week:

How to choose your specialty – Episode 10 – The Sean Dent Show – YouTube.