February is ending and it’s time for another nurse link up with Paige and any of you lovely nurse bloggers out there who’d like to join us!
My hospital always has volunteer opportunities for the community events they hold. I’ve been apart of some of these and it’s always such a rewarding experience.
In the nursing world, there are all sorts of certifications we can get. While I’m currently set to take the PCCN soon, my bucket list absolutely includes getting my CCRN (certification as a critical care nurse).
While I’m not currently working on this one, it’s on the bucket list as more of a ‘long-term’ goal. First, I have to convince myself to go back to school. It’s hard to get back on the horse when it’s really nice to be off it! Then I’ll have to figure out what sort of program I’d want to apply to. There’s so many options: advanced practice registered nurse roles like nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), and certified nurse midwife (CNM). There’s nursing research, nurse educators, clinical nurse leaders (CNL), nurse administration, and more!
So much to think about.
Now’s as good a time as any to mention that we’ve had some management changes in the CVICU recently. Our wonderful manager of 5 years transferred to the ER to manage their unit. So now we have an interim manager and the hospital is interviewing for a new manager.
To make a long story short, I interviewed.
And it went really well! When all the changes first started happening, I thought I’d maybe consider an assistant manager position or something, but after some reflection and some external encouragement, I decided to show some initiative and go for it.
Round 2 of interviews is coming up later in March and I can honestly say that I’ll be excited for whatever happens. Even if I don’t get the position, I’m so happy with the unit and the co-workers and we’ll all get to adjust to a new manager together. If I’m chosen to take over the role, it’ll be a wonderful opportunity and I’ll have a ton of learning opportunities coming!
Speaking of buckets…
What do YOU want to do with your nursing career?
Let me know, I’m curious!
ps. last chance to guess these heart rhythms! I’m choosing a winner next week when I’m back in town!