By Tyler Faust, R.N.
If thinking of an easy or moderate career transition leaves you wanting more, then it's time to think bigger. It just may be the time for you to take the plunge into leadership. A job into leadership at any level would be making the big jump and the most difficult transition of all.
When taking this step, there is nothing holding you back. All options are open for consideration and there is no lack of drive for this move. You’re ready for the next level, a difficult but welcomed move. If this sounds appealing, then you might be ready for a challenging move. The most difficult move you could make is upward to the leadership level and to a new specialty simultaneously.
What is it Going to Take?
This move is going to take additional school if you don’t have an advanced degree, additional certifications, and previous leadership experiences on the unit. The upward mobility within nursing is endless. As a strong leader maybe you would make a fantastic nurse manager. Do you enjoy the charge nurse role? That is an extension of the nurse manager. You will get a generous pay increase and Monday through Friday hours.
Do you enjoy precepting students and new employees on your unit? Consider becoming a nursing education specialist where you get to be on the cutting edge of the latest educational practices in nursing and helping to keep staff competent in their job. Onboarding new staff and helping with orientation in a profession with high turnover will keep you busy in this role.
Are you the type of person who is detail oriented and knows everything about a protocol from memory? Maybe you should consider a certified nurse specialist position where you can learn and implement new practices within the specialty and consult staff when changes are being made in the practice.
Do you crave critical thinking and desire to work with complex patients? Consider going back to school to become a certified nurse anesthetist where you can sedate patients for a wide variety of procedures to help keep them comfortable and safe.
This move isn’t for the faint of heart. Any of these choices are difficult and competitive. Opportunities are adequate and projects show a favorable outlook for the indefinite future. Be sure not to wait too long on these difficult moves because of the time, energy, and money they take. On the plus side, you will receive a substantial pay increase and favorable hours for most leadership positions.
● Challenging and new
● Increased responsibility
● Better pay
● Generally, better hours depending on the role
● Less physically demanding
● Fantastic experience
● Time and energy intensive
● Increased responsibility
The first step to a new job is knowing where you want to go and what it will take to get there. Ultimately you have to decide for yourself which move is right. These questions and perspectives will help lead you to your next job. There is only one way to go now, and that is up!
About the Author
Tyler Faust is a full-time registered nurse and part-time freelance healthcare writer. He has his BSN and Master's degree from Winona State University and has worked at Mayo Clinic for over 7 years. Currently, he works as a nurse manager. Tyler is a creative thinker, strategist, and passionate about leadership.