You’d like 2021 to be your career year! Maybe you’re hoping to pursue new experiences, gain additional knowledge or even earn higher pay? So, where should you begin? Here are five ways to invest in your nursing career.
Go Back to School
If you are a CNA, you may decide to become an LPN/LVN or an RN. Or you may work toward earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Specialization is another option. If you’re not sure what’s available, check out this list of 100+ Awesome Nursing Specializations. Some of these careers require advanced degrees while others only need state certification.
Take Advantage of Professional Development
Maybe going back to school isn’t realistic for you. That’s OK. You can find plenty of opportunities to advance without returning to the traditional classroom. Most healthcare organizations offer ongoing professional development. Whenever something of interest comes up, simply add your name to the list. For example, during the Coronavirus pandemic, your healthcare facility may have provided training on conducting virtual healthcare visits. Also, keep in mind, many hospitals pay for certifications and/or provide tuition reimbursement. This can be a fantastic option if you’re worried about the cost of furthering your education.
Become a Travel Nurse
Would you like to work in different settings, see the country and make good money? If so, travel nursing could be for you. With COVID-19 hotspots breaking out around the United States, the need for travel nurses has boomed. Travel nursing positions allow you to gain on-the-job experience and to experiment with different working environments. This especially is helpful if you’re still deciding what type of facility and/or role would be best for you. Plus, travel positions look great on your resume because they show you are both flexible and adaptable.
Expand Your Network
You never know who might connect you to your next amazing job. It could be a friend, a supervisor or your friend’s supervisor. Therefore, take the time to build your network. Get to know your co-workers. Stay in touch with your past managers. And connect with professionals from other medical facilities and schools on social media sites like LinkedIn. Finally, don’t forget networking is a two-way street. If you have a chance to assist one of your colleagues, be ready to lend a helping hand too.
Establish a Mentoring Relationship
A trusted mentor can offer advice, career insights, and guidance. Your hospital/healthcare facility may have a mentoring program in place, or you may have to find a mentor on your own. If you’re not sure where to turn, talk to a supervisor or one of your teachers. They should be able to provide you with some direction.
Are You Looking for More Ways to Invest in Your Nursing Career?
BOS Staffing places CNAs, LPNs and RNs throughout northern Georgia. Whether you’re hoping for a temporary position or a permanent role, our recruiters can match you with career-building opportunities. Learn more about the benefits of working with BOS Staffing today!