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Becoming A Charge Nurse

This week I decided to post about my current job position! I am a Charge Nurse II, at a dialysis outpatient clinic.

How To Land The Position You Dream Of..

It is extremely important to keep your eye on the prize! Make sure to have that conversation on a regular basis with your current supervisor. They will be your biggest cheerleader, aside from your family and friends.

By reminding your boss that you want to climb the organizations ladder, they will keep you in mind always.

Take on extra responsibilities, perfect your skills, show everyone that you have the “IT” factor. The way you behave at work says a lot about who you are and where you want to be.

Set Your Mind To Think Like A Boss

Even if you are not in that position, yet!

Everything surrounding your life needs to coincide with your career goals. Ask yourself, if what you are doing will get you where you want to be in 1, 2 or 5 years.

Get your family involved in that goal. Tell your spouse what you aspire to be and how they can help you get there.

If you are single, tell your support person. Whether that is a parent, sister or a friend.

My Personal Story

After receiving my RN license, I transitioned quickly into the Nurse role. As a technician, I was a curious individual. I would ask many questions and observe nurses work. So when I got the opportunity to be a staff Nurse, the change was very smooth.

About a month into my role, I had the conversation with my manager. I wanted to be a manager and I needed her mentoring to get there. She was as excited as I was and we both got to work.

I took on additional responsibilities and she shared a lot of knowledge with me.

Once the opportunity came, she told me it was time to start applying for management positions. She was a huge advocate for me and shared this with her colleagues.

Long Story Short

After working as Nurse on the floor for 1 year and 3 months, I was offered a Charge Nurse II position. I oversee 15 employees and 66 patients. I am in charge of the day to day activities of the clinic, patients and staff.

Honestly, this job is not easy. Without my family as my motivation and my previous manager as my cheerleader, I could not do it.

I am grateful to be at this point in my career in such short amount of time. I am thankful that I have people who believe in me. And I am blessed to have the skills required to take on this role.

This does not end here. I am continuing to work on my career development, skills and goals. I have communicated to my new boss where I want to be. We are now working on getting me there!

What Is Your Story?

What is your role now? Where do you want to be? What is your dream job? How will you get there? Comment below!

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