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.

January 2018 Vol. 13 No. 1

Acute care vs. chronic care is the key.
By Caroline Lloyd Doherty, AGACNP-BC; Patricia Pawlow, ACNP-BC; and Deborah Becker, PhD, ACNP-BC, CHSE, FAAN

As a current or future advanced practice nurse (APRN), you must understand the Consensus Model and its career implications to practice. The model was . . .

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

Help protect the health, welfare, and safety of the public.

Serving on your board of nursing is challenging and rewarding.
Success requires learning and understanding the many facets of board service.
Serving on your board of nursing allows you to make a meaningful contribution to the profession.

By Barbara . . .

November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

Take advantage of your digital footprint to demonstrate your skills and experience.
By Jaime Hannans, PhD, RN, CNE, and Yosemite Olivo, RN


Digital identity is the online presence of an individual, including social media presence, profiles and engagement, and any discoverable online content.
Professional nurses and nursing students should . . .

October 2017 Vol. 12 No. 10

How to use your CV to achieve your career goals

A well-developed CV is a roadmap of where you are and where you want to be.
The CV helps you outshine other applicants for a job or a seat in an academic program.
Strategic and intentional decisions made . . .

September 2017 Vol. 12 No. 9

Your CV should highlight the leadership skills you display every day.

The CV is vital to showcase your professional career as a nurse and illustrate what you give back to nursing and your community.
Your CV can be used for employment opportunities as well as for academic applications.
As . . .

August 2017 Vol. 12 No. 8

The secret is finding balance and working collaboratively.
By Timothy P. Luckett, CRNFA


Working as a nurse in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) requires the ability to take on multiple responsibilities.
Success as an RN in an ASC requires knowing when and how to delegate, understanding finances, staying organized . . .

July 2017 Vol. 12 No. 7

Author: Connie Mullinix, PhD, MBA, MPH, RN; AnnMarie Lee Walton, PhD, MPH, RN, OCN, CHES; and Diana Ruiz, DNP, RN, APHN, CCTM, CWOCN, NE-BC

Use the skills you have—and learn new ones—to advance health care and your career.


You’re educated and prepared to lead in safety and quality. You’re at the bedside caring for patients and working to improve care. However, decisions about the allocation of resources for caregiving . . .

Take advantage of the resources available to you.
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 . . .

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