Feeling Stuck in Your Healthcare Career?
Published: 17 February 2021
Published: 17 February 2021
If you feel like you’re stuck in your career and don’t know what to do or where to go next, you’re not alone.
Anyone can find themselves in that position, whether seasoned healthcare professional or not. While it may be uncomfortable, you don’t need to hang out there indefinitely. In fact, there are plenty of things you can do in order to get unstuck so that you can move onward and upward sooner rather than later.
At this point in your career, you may not even realise that you’re stuck. Perhaps you sense a creeping malaise or unhappiness with your work. Maybe you’re feeling passionless and you’ve hit a wall of compassion fatigue or lack feeling and camaraderie for your colleagues. What may have once been a decent job might now seem like an endless slog of drudgery.
We all get stuck for different reasons. Maybe we chose a specialty that just doesn’t interest us anymore, or perhaps we work with a patient population that doesn’t inspire us. Sometimes a change of leadership at your work leads to a less positive workplace culture, causing you to feel less supported and burned out. Or, it could be that you’re just plain tired.
Other possible reasons for feeling stuck include lack of opportunity for advancement, getting turned down for jobs you apply for, or even a change in your personal life that has got you in a downward emotional spiral (e.g. divorce or the death of a loved one).
No matter the reason, the first thing you need to do is realise you’re stuck, admit it and take inspired action.
When you need to take action in the interest of your professional happiness and success, there’s no time like the present. Did any of the aforementioned scenarios speak to your situation? Is there something going on that needs your attention? Here are some ways to get things moving:
Getting unstuck isn’t always simple or straightforward, but it’s always worthwhile. Being unhappy at work is a miserable existence, and that misery can bleed into your personal life.
Taking inspired action is always better than feeling glued to your seat with indecision, and there are plenty of people out there who would help if you only asked.
Give yourself the gift of instigating positive change, and your life and career will be all the better for it.
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 www.nursekeith.com and Digital Doorway. See Educator Profile