So I wanted to start off by saying that even though floor nursing is hard, I believe that it is the basic foundation in having a great nursing skill set. That being said, I have been reading a lot of posts about getting off the floor. I was on the floor for many years before I left a full time floor job. I still do it because it makes me feel good as a nurse but I know that it is hard and physically demanding.
I think that for me, moving up the ladder was something that involved a lot of time and proving myself. Hospitals don't just hand out manager or education jobs. I believe you need to earn it. The way I became a charge nurse at some point was by being proactive in requesting to be relief charge, after proving myself I asked to get promoted to full time charge. Then I continued with my education to my BSN then my MSN, then I decided to became a teacher, I applied to many schools until I got a couple interview and one offer. I was low balled but I took it for the experience. I also completed a NP program and then got offered a part time job as a NP. Putting all these things on my resume made me look good to employers.
So if you really want to get off the floor, I think you need to gain experience where ever you are, add some initials after your name, and move around, volunteer, and ask for the opportunity to prove your self. I got involved in helping staff development and helped out with core measure when I was a floor nurse just to put that on my resume and I believed it really helped me out. Now not everyone wants to leave the floor, but if you really hate it, I think that you can but it will take some time and sacrifice on the floor.
I have found new nurses who did skip the floor completely, but it lacked on their resume and a lot of jobs want to see "Acute Care Experience". Thoughts?
I digress but....
I had a patient complain to me about one of the nurses on his unit. He was hollering "She said she doesn't want me on her floor!! She doesn't like me!!! Fire her!!!"
What the nurse had actually said was "I don't want you on THE floor." The man was a frequent faller and we had all warned him about walking un-assisted.
Last edit by CapeCodMermaid on Oct 9, '13
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