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career advancement...what to do? help

  1. 0 I've been a LTC nurse for 4 yrs & tele/ms for 1 yr. I love the LTC setting. I've recently been offered career advancement to either unit manager or staff development coordinator. Both seem interesting & I'm eager to learn. But I don't know which one to choose? I'm thinking it would be best to start out as SDC to learn the company/state policies & procedures like the back of my hand so I will be better at implementing them down the road. I loove to learn & attend seminars as well. I'm trying to get pregnant so the flexibility the SDC position has to offer is great & the difference in stress is clearly obvious. HELP I need some advice based on others opinions/experiences.
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  3. Visit  classicdame profile page
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    I recommend taking the job. Opportunities for advancement are few and far between. You can always go back to what you are doing now, if you do not like that position.
  4. Visit  pn2rn08 profile page
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    Thanks, but which one? unit manager or staff development nurse?
  5. Visit  CrunchRN profile page
    #3 1
    Staff development. Not nearly the amount of headaches as manager!
  6. Visit  MBARNBSN profile page
    #4 0
    Staff Development. There is less turnover/burnout/firings with that job, I think.
  7. Visit  brotherbear profile page
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    Quote from pn2rn08
    I've been a LTC nurse for 4 yrs & tele/ms for 1 yr. I love the LTC setting. I've recently been offered career advancement to either unit manager or staff development coordinator. Both seem interesting & I'm eager to learn. But I don't know which one to choose? I'm thinking it would be best to start out as SDC to learn the company/state policies & procedures like the back of my hand so I will be better at implementing them down the road. I loove to learn & attend seminars as well. I'm trying to get pregnant so the flexibility the SDC position has to offer is great & the difference in stress is clearly obvious. HELP I need some advice based on others opinions/experiences.
    If you're about to get into a position that will take a lot of your time (ie. pregnancy) then I would suggest taking the Staff Dev Coordinator because it's flexible hours mostly and the responsibilities are not as much. The Unit Manager position will definitely demand more of your time and is much more stressful. 2 cents.
  8. Visit  pn2rn08 profile page
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    Thank you all! Staff development is/was what my gut is telling me to go for and I placed my request this evening. I'm soo excited as I'm an advard learner and love to teach.
    Last edit by pn2rn08 on Jan 1, '11

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