There are plenty of ways to increase your skill set in nursing— which could potentially lead to improved career satisfaction. Below, I’ve identified 3 possibilities to pursue that have worked for me.
#1 – ATTEND A CONFERENCE
With the number of specialities there are in nursing, there are probably hundreds of conferences that cater to them. And, we’re not just limited to our specific field of nursing. Gaining insight on others’ work could prompt you to want to learn more about another field and see where you may be able to contribute or even collaborate.
Key is planning ahead because managing costs, time from work, and other responsibilities can add some undue stress if attending a conference out of town.
So, put that conference you’ve been wanting to attend on your calendar. Schedule the time off and save up!
#2 – TRY OUT ANOTHER SPECIALTY
Nursing is the best profession out there. Now I may be biased, but how lucky are we that we have so many possibilities on keeping us curious and current? It’s not to say we don’t have challenges, however.
Because of the lack of paid opportunities in Albuquerque for Forensic Nurses, I’ve had to be creative in forging a new nursing path for myself. (As some of you are aware, I’m a board-certified Forensic Nurse.)
I decided to sign up with a nursing agency for contract work and found other specialties that were never really on my radar. This gave me the opportunity to work with the Indian Health Service within a Pueblo community just outside of Albuquerque and the opportunity to work within a PACE organization (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly). And just recently, I’ve worked at a maximum security prison. However, most of my time here in Albuquerque has been in nursing administration for a major healthcare system here with lots of work in project management, policy and clinical course development.
So if you find yourself wanting to try something new, try it! You may find a new love in the process.
#3 – TAKE ON A NEW SKILL THAT WILL SUPPLEMENT YOUR NURSING CAREER
A little over 2 years ago, I had the opportunity to take a 10-day coding intensive in Bali to learn core technologies (HTML & CSS) in building web pages. To this day, I don’t know how my name ended up on an email list to receive information about that program, but I was open to the opportunity and decided to take the leap.
And, since I already tinkered around on my blog by incorporating style changes using CSS, I thought the intensive would help teach me the skills I needed to incorporate more of the look and feel I wanted for my online presence. In fact, the course actually whet my appetite for wanting to learn more in the coding space.
Two years later, I am now working with 2 web/app developers that are helping me bring products I’ve envision for patients following sexual and domestic violence to life. And since coding has piqued my interests over the past few years, I am also in an immersive coding program, learning to become a Fullstack Web Developer.
Learning programming languages will allow me to marry my love for nursing with my desire for bringing innovative technologies to our field.
So these are the things that have worked for me…
And what about you? Do these ideas give you something to chew on? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.