Professional Nursing Career Goals in the NICU

Get on the Right Nursing Career Path with Self-Reflection
November 1, 2017 – 02:12 pm

nursing careerChange or evolution is a constant in the nursing profession. And it is also a factor in choosing the path you take in your nursing career.

One way to guide your own evolution is to use the tool of self-reflection. It helps you process the external and internal factors in order to formulate a nursing career road map. However, your road map is not set in stone. It should just be used as a guide to allow for professional and personal growth.

There are several benefits to keeping your road map fluid. I will focus on one. Your plans can be subject to the continual process of self-reflection as your nursing career progresses. You can use self-reflection and a fluid career road map to prevent career mistakes that can be a factor contributing to nurse burnout.

Here is a case study that highlights the lack of self-reflection:

Sally had always wanted to be a nurse. As a child, when she played with her friends, they played school. However, she refused to play the role of the student. She liked to play the part of the school nurse.

When she grew up, Sally went to nursing school to fulfill her childhood dream. Initially, she was interested in becoming a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse due to her baby sister’s stay in the NICU. The NICU nurses had saved her sister’s life.

Shortly into her nursing program, she realized she was accruing massive student debt. So, she decided that a nurse anesthetist would be a great job filled with excitement (at least old reruns of M.A.S.H. made the anesthetist job look exciting and important). Also, this sub-specialty offered great pay.

So she focused on making the highest grades possible. She was fortunate enough to secure an adult critical care job in a teaching hospital directly out of school.

Source: www.nursetogether.com
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How a pediatric nursing career obtained?

There are three options to become a registered nurse as follows.

  • diploma program (typically three years, not recommended for individuals who do not have an already existing degree)
  • associate degree (two years as a full-time student once the student starts the professional phase of the program)
  • bachelor's degree (BSN) (four years as a full-time student)

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