What Are Your Goals for this Job? (Nursing)

by Amber Vanderburg

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    00:01 There is a book called The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in which friends of different shapes, sizes, and walks of life miraculously all fit into the exact same pair of pants.

    00:13 This idea may work for a book, but it is not reminiscent of real life.

    00:19 The job that best fits your needs may not be the job that best fits others.

    00:26 The ideal job for someone else may not be the ideal job for you.

    00:33 So what questions should you ask? And what should you be looking for when determining the best fit job for your goals? Here are a few questions that you should keep in mind.

    00:47 First, you should ask, how will you fit into this role? And how will this role fit into your life goals? Think about this.

    01:00 Do you desire to move into leadership within the department? Do you desire to move into another area of care? Do you desire to move into a higher acuity of care? Is this the job that you would like to do for the foreseeable future? There is no right answer, but there is a right answer for you.

    01:26 Some people are looking for a long term commitment.

    01:31 I was working with one nurse's aide that absolutely loved her opportunity to make a positive impact and had done the job for 15 years.

    01:43 She was passionate about her role in the overall patient experience and was excellent in her role.

    01:51 She had no desire to move elsewhere in the system and the patient load experience and culture are a good fit for her.

    02:01 If you are looking for a long term commitment, then you should highly consider the stability, culture, and compatibility of the unit and organization.

    02:14 Be very intentional to ask questions about the relationships, On the other hand, some people are looking for a launching pad.

    02:24 I was working with a another nurse's aide who had a different goal.

    02:29 They enjoyed being a nurse's aide, but they desired to one day become a nurse and possibly a nurse practitioner.

    02:38 Their goal for the role was different.

    02:42 They saw their position and their unit as a launching pad.

    02:47 This person was looking for opportunities for growth, mentorship, and leadership opportunities.

    02:54 They were more focused on the networking aspect of the team, but weren't as concerned about the long term stability and compatibility.

    03:04 This was important, but it was a different mindset.

    03:09 With a one to two year timeframe.

    03:12 This person sought to prove themselves, learn as much as they could, and then use those insights to be an excellent nurse practitioner in the future.

    03:24 If you are seeking to use your position as a launching pad, that's great.

    03:30 You should look specifically for the opportunities that will offer your relevant experience for your long term goals.

    03:39 Look for cross trading opportunities for an even more expanded healthcare view.

    03:46 A word of caution with this goal and mindset is to be intentional to continue to build and maintain relationships with those in your unit.

    03:56 Healthcare is a tight knit community and burn bridges or bad impressions can spread quickly.

    04:03 And last a long time.

    04:05 Make sure that the unit you are using as a launching pad is left with a positive impression.

    04:12 If you are looking to start your career somewhere as a launching pad, you should look specifically for the opportunities that will offer you relevant experience for your long term goals.

    04:25 Some people do not yet know where they would like to go within the healthcare system.

    04:31 That is absolutely fine.

    04:33 Do not worry, there is plenty of opportunity to make a big impact in the lives of your community through health care.

    04:42 I was working with a another nurse's aide who did not know what they wanted to do in the medical field.

    04:49 But they knew that they were passionate about helping people through health care.

    04:55 And they were doing the job as a way of discovering their ideal path.

    05:01 Maybe you know the position you want.

    05:04 Maybe you know the unit.

    05:06 But there is some opportunity for exploration.

    05:11 In this situation, I want you to look at the flexibility of the unit, the elasticity of the organization.

    05:19 Look at the continuing education opportunities to explore new ideas and units and examine a float pool opportunity.

    05:29 Examine the culture of the entire organization and discover the specific nuances of culture among different units of care.

    05:40 All of these are plausible, and seasons of life, and different needs that you might have in your career.

    05:49 Recognize that in these different seasons of life, your mindset for your new career may be different.

    05:57 The questions you ask and the factors that you weigh in importance should be different.

    06:05 So, here's what I want you to do.

    06:08 I want you to imagine your overall goals in the health care profession.

    06:14 It could be to find a solid community and make an impact in the same place for a long time.

    06:22 That is a powerful means of helping others.

    06:26 It could be using this opportunity as a stepping stone for future impact.

    06:32 It could be a goal of exploration and finding clarity in your goals.

    06:38 I want you to identify a goal and determine how this role will help you get there starting today and leading into tomorrow.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture What Are Your Goals for this Job? (Nursing) by Amber Vanderburg is from the course Transition to Nursing Practice.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. “How will I fit into this role?”
    2. “What is the salary for this role?”
    3. “Am I comfortable with the hours this role requires?”
    4. “Is this a work culture I will fit in with?”
    1. “Can you describe the work culture on the unit?”
    2. “What is the salary for this role?”
    3. “What is the typical schedule like on the unit?”
    4. “How would I fit into this role?”
    1. Flexibility
    2. Opportunities for advancement
    3. Cohesive unit culture
    4. Competitive salary
    1. Opportunities for advancement
    2. Flexibility
    3. Competitive salary
    4. Cohesive culture

    Author of lecture What Are Your Goals for this Job? (Nursing)

     Amber Vanderburg

    Amber Vanderburg

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