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Three Steps to Develop Your Nursing Career

As we emerge from the winter months, many of us begin to spring clean, start new workout routines, and plan summer vacations. Spring is a season for growth and planning for the future.

It’s also a great time to think about leveling up your career. Even if you’re happy in your current role, it never hurts to focus on career development. Here are 3 easy ways you can develop your nursing career this spring.

Always be open to new experiences

In life (and at work), we can decide to wake up and live life on autopilot, or we can take in each experience that comes our way. When you choose the latter, you’re more aware of opportunities to learn and grow your skill set. You are open to new experiences–which could lead to lucrative new nursing roles or pay bumps.

Being open to new experiences doesn’t have to look like completely redoing your workday. It can look like:

  • Asking questions at work about things you’re curious about

  • Working with your hospital administration to enroll in a course on a new skill you’d like to learn

  • Attending healthcare networking events or networking with those in your industry online

Being open to new opportunities can enhance both your career and your life. It can help you feel fresh and renewed at work, or it can help you find a new work environment where you can feel that way.

Take an active role in developing your career

It can be easy to take a passive role in our careers. After all, the hospital administration decides our shifts, who gets promoted, and what training we get. But it doesn’t have to be that way. At any moment, you can take control of your career.

Playing an active role in your career can look like talking to your nursing manager about your work needs or looking for new roles if you’re unhappy with your current one. Being active in your career development means advocating for your needs at work and during the hiring process.

It never hurts to browse new opportunities

It’s easier to find a job when you already have a job, so a great time to look for a job is when you’re currently employed. You might find a leadership role that challenges you more or a role with higher pay or better shifts.

Plus, browsing new opportunities doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as networking with healthcare folks on LinkedIn or downloading the free HireMe Healthcare app, where you can explore open nursing jobs at the top employers in North Carolina.

It’s time to spring forward and enter a new season of your career. By taking an active role in your nursing journey, being open to new experiences, and browsing opportunities, you set yourself up for growth and abundance this spring and beyond.


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