CNO Roundtable 2022
Moving On Up
Tips for prospering in your organization
If a nurse is thriving in a charge or manager role, what steps do you suggest for advancing his or her leadership career?
Elizabeth Adams, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center
Join the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and immerse yourself in the nurse manager competencies. Develop a three- to five-year plan and look at what skills you currently have versus what the market demands. Partner with a career mentor who will invest in your development. Also, ask to shadow the CFO, CNE or another department leaders outside your usual area. Don’t be afraid to try new initiatives, ask lots of questions or get uncomfortable.
Anita Girard, Cedars-Sinai
The best way for charge nurses and managers to advance is to engage in larger projects at the organizational level. Oftentimes, going back to school for a higher degree is another effective way to get noticed and promote your career.
Katie Hughes, Casa Colina Hospital & Centers for Healthcare
Take every opportunity to be involved in unit councils and performance improvement projects. Improvement projects are usually multidisciplinary, and there is a lot to be learned from the team you work with. This also provides an opportunity for people to see your strengths. Additionally, I strongly recommend finding a mentor who can provide encouragement and honest feedback.