How’s your career? How’s your job? Is it time for a change?
Career building is a life-long endeavor and having a nurse/coach is the first step toward creating your future. Has your path led you to a forked road where “straight ahead” is no longer an option? Perhaps this is a personal choice or because the organization has changed and your skills no longer fit the new business focus. Or, are you merely at a crossroads where you can continue on your present course, but want to consider the options those other directions offer? Regardless of what brought you to your present place, it may be time to step back, take a deep breath, and reflect on a new vision of what a career might mean for you.
Going Forward or Stepping Back
Realizing you need change to get out of your rut is the first step. Once you’re there, spend some time thinking about which direction you want to go. Do you want to change into a new career? Stay in the same career but move forward into a promotion? Stay in the same career but move backward into a prior job that you enjoyed, was more meaningful, and that was less stressful? Segue into an “unjob” (contract, freelance, or self-employment work) or put your career on hold (sabbatical or leave of absence) while you explore those things you always wanted to do that offer zero or minimal financial compensation. Take the time to reflect on how your life purpose and your dreams should direct your career choices. And yes, it could mean redefining yourself as a nursing professional.
What kind of work and work setting excite you? What would give you great joy in the workplace? Do you prefer to work alone, or as a part of a team? What steps have you taken thus far to change your situation and what is your timeline for a change? Put yourself in a position in which resignation is a good choice, rather than a desperate one.
Consider a nurse coach to help you reflect, and redirect!
Nursing is a wonderful career and an honorable profession; new opportunities offer alternatives for you as a nursing professional.