Career Sphere

From your first nursing position out of school to retirement, you’ll need to tend to your career to ensure your clinical skills are up to date, you’re ready to take on new tasks and leadership opportunities, and are practicing at a level that is both satisfying to you and provides the best patient care. The articles that follow provide a wealth of information on these topics and more.

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By Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN

Whether you’re a newly licensed nurse or a seasoned professional, the time is always right to take the next step in your education. Returning to school opens new doors of opportunity for your career . . .

June 2017 Vol. 12 No. 6

Author: Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN, NE-BC; April Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC; Michelle Terrell, MSN, CPNP-AC; James W. Pichert, PhD; William O. Cooper, MD, MPH; and Gerald B. Hickson, MD

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April 2017 Vol. 12 No. 4

Author: Sandy Summers, MSN, RN, MPH, and Harry Summers

Key takeaways

The media—television, radio, the Internet, books, and more—often depict nurses unprofessionally.
When nurses create the media, they can ensure professional depictions that ensure the public understands the important role nurses play in health care.

 
Nurses pop up in all sorts of contexts within media. From . . .

January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: Jennifer L. Greer, PhD, and Nancy P. Wingo, PhD

Beth, a former hospital nursing director-turned-faculty member, learns she has to present her research at a national conference and write it up for publication and funding. Like many nursing faculty members and researchers, she enjoys conducting research because the evidence it yields allows her to help more patients . . .

December 2016 Vol. 11 No. 12

Author: Stephanie M. Chung, MSN, RN

Christina, a 29-year-old RN, BSN, recently obtained her MSN in clinical management. She has worked 3 years as a staff nurse and wants to move into a leadership position. Some managers, and even some of her colleagues, feel that because of her age, Christina isn’t ready for . . .

October 2016 Vol. 11 No. 10

Author: Danette Melvin, MN, RN-BC, NE-BC, CNL, and Maureen Brophy, MN, RN

Nurses want to provide evidence-based care that reflects best practices. But they also have uniquely local clinical questions that can’t be readily answered through the literature alone. How can these types of questions be addressed so the answers are relevant and useful? Consider original research.

But wait, you . . .

September 2016 Vol. 11 No. 9

Author: Kelley Strout, PhD, RN; Jeff Nevers, MA; Deborah Bachard, BSN, RN, NE-BC; and Sarah P. Varney, MS, BSN, RN

For many nurses, job interviews induce fear. The competitive job market has made interview preparation more important than ever, especially for new graduate nurses. Competition for new graduate positions can be fierce; some employers get up to 1,000 applicants for a single new graduate opening.
At the same time . . .