As a new nurse fresh out of college, you probably felt idealistic and ready to change the world. But as you reach the middle of your career, like many, you may have begun to feel somewhat stagnated, uninspired, stuck or even bored. The good news is, your nursing career doesn’t have to feel this way. You can take steps to help yourself get unstuck from a mid-career slump, and more energized to begin each work day. Here’s what you can do.
Six ways for nurses to move past a mid-career plateau
You can help re-energize your nursing career with the following:
- Learn something new. By the time you’ve reached the midpoint of your nursing career, you’ve probably become pretty familiar with nursing policies, procedures, treatment protocols and maybe even a particular case load. If your job has become monotonous, shake things up by learning something new. Choose a continuing education course that forces you to think outside your usual job assignments. It can also help to pick up a new hobby that has nothing to do with your career. This fresh, new outlook can help breathe life into other aspects of your life, including your job.
- Become a travel nurse. If you enjoy seeing new places and meeting new people, travel nursing could be a great way to spice up your nursing career. Travel nurses work assignments that last about 13 weeks, and then move on to a new location. You can challenge yourself, sharpen your nursing skills and see the world by getting a fresh, new outlook as a travel nurse.
- Spend time with inspiring people. People skills—also known as soft skills—can begin to suffer when you get bored with your job. It can help to meet up with someone who inspires you—either through their positive attitude, great outlook on life, or creative approach to nursing. Seek out inspirational people at work or through networking events, and invite them to grab lunch or a cup of coffee.
- Get an honest performance evaluation. The best way to make changes in your nursing career is knowing where to begin. Ask your supervisor for a thorough 360-degree performance review. In which areas could you improve? This can be humbling, but a great opportunity to learn and grow in your career.
- Study the best practices of others. What have your colleagues done to get past a career slump? What have other nurses done to excel in their careers? By studying the steps others have taken, you can start to map out a possible future for your own nursing career.
- If you’ve advanced through promotions during your career, you may feel isolated at the top, with no one to relate to. If this is the case, it can help to branch out and meet colleagues at other organizations through networking events or continuing education seminars.
Your future awaits!
What path will you choose as you reach this pivotal midpoint of your career? The sky’s the limit—think about the changes you can make that will allow you to continue to find your career fulfilling. Then take steps that will help you to make these changes a reality.
If you’re considering travel nursing, now’s the time!
A career as a travel nurse will help ensure that your work stays new and different. MedPro Healthcare Staffing places seasoned nurses with travel placements across the country. To learn more about how MedPro Healthcare Staffing can help you advance your nursing career, contact our experienced recruiters today!