Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nursing Bucket List

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!
Did you watch that Grey's Anatomy episode where Christina gets to make a bucket list of all the surgical procedures she's ever wanted to do? Speaking of Grey's Anatomy, anyone else get burned out   watching it? (talk about never-ending story).
Back to the bucket list. I've got one, except for nursing. It's always changing. I'm either adding to it, changing it, checking things off... but here's a general idea of where I am at, as of TODAY. 
1. Go on a nursing conference cruise. 
They really have these! Most nurses have to get so many continuing education hours each year and I can't think of a better way to get them than on a cruise ship. Who's with me? 

2. Volunteer more.
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. 

3. Become a certified nurse. 
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).

4. Get a master's degree in nursing. 
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. 

5. Try out a nursing leadership role. 
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!
I'm sure you all will hear if something happens. :)

Speaking of buckets...
I found this in Portland. And I took a picture of it specifically so I could include it on this post. :) 

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!


Rachel said...

Nursing conference cruises?? Definitely never heard of that. Angel does all of his continuing education at the hospital so that he can get paid for the hours. Not as fun as a cruise but it's practical! :P I should have sent him to your cookie post...

Abdul Bari Chanessra said...

The Georgian Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic is a Government of Ontario initiative funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.


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