Gaining success as a nurse and landing that dream nursing position is within your reach using these seven strategies from International Nurse Coach Farah Laurent, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CPXP, NPD-BC, TCRN, CPEN, CEN.
1. Believe in Yourself & Promote Yourself
If you don’t believe in yourself, it’s hard for others to believe in you. So let’s go!
Stop those negative self-limiting beliefs. Instead, read positive affirmations daily to help you remain positive and focused. You have the knowledge, skills, and attitude to achieve anything. So, go ahead goal getter. If you believe it, then it will come, and it will manifest!
You may be shy to promote yourself, but it’s a MUST!! Whether during an interview or if you want that promotion, you better bring it. Bring that confidence. I call it “Brag & Swag.”
Follow the 3 Ps of Interviewing
From your stylish wardrobe to your vibe, walk, and entrance!
Position yourself for to gain success as a nurse by researching and getting ready for the interview. In the physical sense, be aware of how you sit, from your posture, to where you sit at that table.
This is your chance to sell, sell, sell yourself, so be ready with your elevator pitch. You want the job. So, you better bring the energy and that fire!
2. Continuous Education & Growth Mindset
There is always room to grow and to improve! Nursing is a lifelong learning career.
You must keep learning, reading, and growing, whether a new nurse on the block or a veteran rock star. Seek out opportunities for growth and development. Conferences are a great way to learn, network, and learn about the latest and greatest in healthcare.
3. Positive Attitude & Gratitude
People love being around positivity, so keep it positive. Have a “can do” attitude and take the initiative.
I love to say that everything is “figureoutable.” Lead with gratitude and be thankful. Saying thank you to someone and letting them know you appreciate them truly goes a long way. Be open to opportunities because opportunities in nursing are endless. Be ready and open to receiving abundance.
4. Know Your Worth & Advocate
Know your value and worth. Do your research about the salary/wages, and be ready to articulate your value. Learn different tactics for negotiating wages/salary/perks.
Does the company have opportunities for growth and promotion? Learn how to advocate for yourself, your colleagues, and your clients.
5. Set Core Values & Goals
Do you know what your core values are? What is non-negotiable? These are key factors to gain success as a nurse.
Research the company or organization and see if your values align. Set your goals and have short-term and long-term goals. Write down your goals yearly, monthly, and weekly. Then, track your progress and keep it moving.
6. Be Kind & Practice Emotional Intelligence
Be kind. Nursing and healthcare can be stressful at times. However, you must learn how to adapt and respond. You cannot change people, but you can control how you react. Do not let others take away your joy! You are in control! You have options and choices! Exercise your Emotional Intelligence!!
7. Surround Yourself with Positive, Successful People
Lastly, positivity is contagious so surround yourself with a positive group. Seek to have multiple mentors and coaches and invest in yourself and your growth.
Remember, only stick around people who will help encourage, empower, motivate and elevate you.
The world is yours. Brag and Swag!