Last week I blogged about “climbing the ladder of knowledge” as a path towards professional growth and development. Although knowledge will open the doors of opportunity, it’s professional presence that will let you in. You can be the most knowledgeable and competent practitioner, but if you’re mean and nasty, unable to articulate clearly and concisely and do not portray yourself as a professional; you won’t be respected and given opportunities to advance. To establish professional presence, consider the following 5 ingredients: 1. Communication Are you able to communicate clearly, concisely and consistently in a manner that demonstrates the value you bring to the delivery of health care? This includes what you say, how you say it, what you write and how you articulate what you do as a nurse to your patients, colleagues and to the public. Communication skills are the number 1 skill people look for when promoting someone. If communication is a weakness of yours, find opportunities to strengthen them. Take a class, attend a seminar, volunteer to write or speak, etc. 2. Appearance It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. How you look; your facial expressions, body language, what you wear, what you say and how you say it, all send a message to the receiver. You want that message to say that you are a professional and that you take your role as...Read More
Category: Professional Development
I was recently asked to speak to a group of nurses about professional development. “How much time do I have” I asked, hoping it was an 8-hour day. “One hour.” I was told. Yikes! How could I possibly talk about professional development in only 1 hour? It was a challenge but I pulled it off. After much thought, I realized that professional development requires 2 things: knowledge and professional presence. Knowledge will open the doors of opportunity, but it is professional presence that will permit you through. If we all had an endless bucket of money, no other responsibilities, and loads of extra time, we would all be doctoral prepared and experts in our specialties. The reality is that for many of us, time, money and competing demands prevent us from doing this. However, patients, your colleagues, and the public expect nurses to be knowledgeable and competent. As a nursing profession, it is our ethical responsibility to comply. What to do? If you find yourself struggling with the pressure to learn, just “climb the ladder.” First rung: Read Journals, electronic newsletters, blogs , reputable websites, and even textbooks can provide no cost current information to keep you in the “know.” Most organizations have online libraries with access to journals, newspapers, and textbooks. Access them regularly. Be careful; you can get overwhelmed with the amount of information out there! Tip:...Read More
I have always been a good test taker and have spent a lot of time helping other nurses prepare for a variety of tests: NCLEX, certification exams, comprehensive exams for graduate school and even the dreaded GRE’s. Although I would like to say that it’s because I’m smart, I do have to admit that it’s partly because I know the strategies involved in increasing my chances of passing an exam. Follow these 6 tips to becoming a great test taker: These study tips will help you study more effectively, care for your body properly and prepare for the exam...Read More
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