5 Best Ways to Level-Up Your Nursing Career
Specialize in Areas of High DemandThe world of nursing has changed dramatically in the last generation and from many nurses’ training days. Today, hospital beds are filled with more older people with complex conditions, multiple long-term illnesses, and frailty issues. People who would have spent several days recovering in a hospital are now looked after at home, and technology is transforming the way that clinics are operated. What was once a major surgical procedure is now done by interventional radiology. All these changes mean that nursing has had to adapt and transform to meet the new and increasing demand.
AlsoIf you plan on furthering your career in nursing, check out the areas where demand is and will be increasing in the next few years. Wound care, for example, is an area of high demand but that has a shortage of skilled practitioners. Along similar lines, good discharge planning is critical with increased scrutiny from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Might you be that expert planner? As for technological advances, artificial intelligence already has impacted many areas of healthcare, but are you aware of how it could transform the way you work? As surgical techniques advance, there is a need to train nurses in new ways of working in the clinical teams. All these opportunities indicate a need to start specializing where there is high demand.
Further Your EducationThere is always something new to learn, however long you have been in the nursing profession. Discover which skills you need to take the next step in your career and start looking at how you can learn about a new specialty or way of working. Brian Cook, a registered nurse working in Chicago, outlines his reasons for furthering his education:
“One of the reasons I chose to get my Master’s degree upon deciding to become a nurse for my second career was that I had spoken with a nurse who had also started it as a second career, but had only gotten his Bachelor’s degree; he advised me to get a master’s from the start. He had found that there were openings in management roles at his hospital that he knew he would be capable of performing, but that he couldn’t even apply for them without the capital MSN behind his name. His fundamental point: the more education you have, the higher you’ll be able to advance; but also that once you start working, the barriers to continuing your education become very real.”That said, you do not need to get your master’s degree to improve your career possibilities. There are ample courses and programs available including higher degrees. The internet has transformed learning by offering online opportunities. These courses usually have a flexible learning approach, which is ideal if you are working and studying at the same time. Don’t forget to look at the taster courses that are available online free. These give an insight into diverse skills and education opportunities, enabling you to get a feel for an aspect of learning without making a large investment in training. When you are looking at educational courses, do check out their credibility and that what they are offering is recognized by employers. This saves a lot of heartache by inadvertently taking a substandard course.