A Bird’s-Eye View of Your Nursing Career

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When assessing the state of your nursing career, consider the bird’s-eye view as well as the minutiae and remember that your short-, mid- and long-term goals also deserve your attention along the way to any major decision that will impact both your personal life and your professional journey.

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When you sit back and consider your nursing career, it’s fairly easy to get caught up in the minutiae and lose sight of the forest for the trees. Just like a bird sitting in a tree cannot see the entire expanse of the forest, a wider perspective is necessary in order to ponder the overall arc of your career. Thus, gaining that all-important bird’s-eye view lends itself to an essential frame of reference as you seek forward momentum.


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Keith Carlson
Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. Keith’s two podcasts, RNFM Radio and The Nurse Keith Show, offer inspiration and practical support to nurses seeking to create meaningful, satisfying lives and careers. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on many social media platforms---including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram - as well as at and Digital Doorway.
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Madonna Lapeze
16 Apr 2020
Wish I could spend some time with the author of this article!
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16 Apr 2023
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Elizabeth Sceneay
07 Mar 2020
This reading resource discussed looking at your nursing career as an overall and pointed out different reasons you may choose particular pathways. These paths need to also take into account home and family situation as well as professional on the job needs.
Charlie Sy
19 Apr 2020
Informative and practical guide to career development.
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