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I have a major dilemma.
I am ready to make a move into the next phase of my career but I am not quite sure how to go about it. I am ready to leave the bedside and move into the administrative side of nursing. I seem to be really interested in the legal side of nursing and thought that legal nurse consulting was for me, but it seems to be very difficult to break into and I don't think that I have the personality to sustain a personal business.
I am also very interested in risk management and patient safety/quality improvement. This is also beginning to look like it is going to be very difficult to get into as well as everyone wants their applicants to come ready made with all of this experience specifically in the field all the while overlooking what years of bedside nursing can bring.
So I am at a loss...I've debated about the idea of going in to management by becoming a clinical nurse manager. I was thinking that I could use this as a stepping stone to move into the other positions. I just want to make a difference. My problem is that I am not quite sure if I am management material although I have had many tell me that I would be more than capable.
So I am posing these questions to the group:
- What aspects of being a nurse manager do you enjoy the most?
- Do you feel that you are able to make a difference in regards to quality improvement/patientsafety/risk management?
- What are some of the positives about being a nurse manager?
I am just so ancy because I am so ready to move on to other things and I feel that I am at a grid lock...primarily because I do not have the experience. I feel that you can only do so much with your resume without over exaggerating.
I truly appreciate any advice that someone may have to offer. Part of me just feels like I need to step out of my comfort zone and try it. One never truly knows what they are capable of until they are put into that position. Not all good managers started off that way I like to think although some were born to be just that, a leader.
Thank you for your time!!