I am currently a nurse in a busy urban Emergency Department. I've worked in the ED for 4 years, and on the inpatient floor for 18 months. When I was inpatient I was a charge nurse for the 6 months prior to leaving for the ED. I loved being charge, I think I was good at it. My staff seemed to comment a lot that they were relieved when they came in and saw that I was charge that night. I transfered to the ED because that's always where I planned to spend my career. Now that I've spent time working in the ED, I feel like "I came, I saw, I'm not sure I can do this forever."
Last November, I was hurt on the job and had major knee surgery. I was off work for 9 months while recovering. I'm 28 years old and doubt that I can withstand a career at the bedside.
Additionally, I'm feeling restless. I'm ready for something new.
Since I started working, I've felt pulled to leadership. I've been thinking about going back to school and have considered informatics, education, but reading the curriculum for nursing leadership programs gets me excited. I know in my heart that it's what I want to do.
I've been highly involved while working at my current hospital. I've spent my entire 5 year career here and have been involved with shared decision making at the hospital, unit, and multi-unit level. I've chaired councils and picked up projects at the last minute to get the job done.
My current predicament is that I'm not sure where I go from here. I am a big picture thinker. I think I would enjoy case management or staff management. The problem is that every one of these jobs requires supervisory experience. I'm not sure employers consider my charge nurse experience to be supervisory, plus it was 4 years ago.
How can I market myself or get myself some supervisory experience? Being a charge in the ED is not an option right now as there are no openings and the charge nurses are often abused by my manager. It's not something I feel would be a positive career move. I don't feel like there is opportunity to "move up" in the ED other than being a charge nurse, so what types of opportunities should I be seeking out?
Any advice would help. I'm willing to go back to school, get more involved, transfer, do whatever it takes to get my into my dream job!
Thanks in adance :)
Jennifer, RN BSN