Resources >> Browse Articles >> How to

Resources >> Browse Articles >> On the Job


How to Write Your Yearly Self-Evaluation

How to Write Your Yearly Self-Evaluation

Terri Polick | NursingLink

It happens every year. Nurses must write a self-evaluation when it’s time to get their raise. No worries, right? Wrong! What you write can affect what your boss is willing to shell out of his or her pocket at the beginning of the fiscal year. Learn how to write a self-evaluation that will make your boss think you’re the greatest nurse since Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale.

The Basics

Spelling and grammar counts. You can’t claim to be a smart professional worthy of a hefty raise when a fifth grader has a better command of the English language than you do. I’ve helped many nurses write their self-evaluation after I’ve read their abysmal drafts. These people weren’t stupid, they were bright professionals who forgot some basic principles of grammar, had a rusty vocabulary, and forgot to use spell check.

Don’t use words you don’t understand. Look up the definition of a word if you aren’t sure of its meaning before you use it in a sentence. And don’t be afraid to go to the library and check out a grammar book before you start your draft. My favorite books are The Elements of Style, by William Strunk and E.B. White Good, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grammar and Style by Laurie E. Rozakis, Ph.D. Your communication skills are important when you’re writing your self-evaluation because you are painting a self-portrait with your words.

The next thing to do is to write a draft. Start by writing a detailed outline of why you think you deserve a raise. Look at the big picture. Create categories that describe who you are as a nurse. Think about your clinical competences, leadership abilities, and how you get along with your colleagues. Also consider your professional growth and development as a nurse, and go from there. Fill in the big picture with detailed facts.

Because You’re Worth It

Show don’t tell your boss that you deserve a raise. For example, don’t just say that you’re a competent nurse, write statements with facts and measurable outcomes, such as: “I am competent at giving medications as evidenced by the concise, accurate, and timely manner in which I distribute medications to my patients." Mention facts like no incident reports were generated because you administered medications improperly and that your documentation proves that you reevaluate your patients one hour after administering analgesics.

Next: Be Positive >>

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    15 days ago


    As the number of sprockets in the rear increase, the width of the chain must decrease, maglia Sunderland providing enough clearance for the extra gears. Other companies manufacture chains that are designed to work with the Campy and Shimano systems. This is where I disagree: True, farming is a reason you able to win games, but just taking the maglia Werder Bremen Cs/min doesn contribute to useful farming. And it certainly not a measure of "carry ness". It more a measure of "how much can I farm while I winning". Although that somewhat related to carrying, it not a causation, more a correlation

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    15 days ago


    document.writeln("As the number of sprockets in the rear increase, the width of the chain must decrease, );

  • __2014_____max50


    4 months ago

    136 comments Stadium Series NHL Jersey cheap,
    blackhawks jersey sell ,
    cheap china jersey wholesale ,
    cheap nba jerseys,
    Warriors jersey cheap,
    pacers jersey for cheap, soccer jerseys for sale, 2014 world cup jersey cheap, throwback nfl jersey cheap,
    sale mlb jerseys cheap , 2014 nba all star jerseys cheap, heat nickname jersey, cheap dodgers jersey 2014 new, new york mets camo jersey

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    5 months ago

    Gucci Outlet,
    Polo Outlet Online,
    Ralph Lauren UK,
    Polo Lauren Ralph,
    Pas Cher Longchamp Sacs,
    Canada Goose Outlet,
    Monster Headphones Outlet Online,
    Burberry Outlet,
    North Face Jackets Outlet,
    Michael Kors Outlet,
    Marc Jacobs Outlet Online,
    Michael Kors Outlet Online,
    Cheap Hollister UK Online,
    North Clearance,
    Coach Purses Outlet Online,
    Coach Factory Online,
    Coach Outlet Online,

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    8 months ago


    Gucci Outlet Online,
    North Face Jackets Clearance,
    Ralph Lauren Outlet Online,
    Coach Factory Outlet,
    michael kors black friday sale,
    Michael Kors Outlet Store,
    Polo Outlet,
    Coach Purse Outlet Online,
    Louis Vuitton black friday sale,
    Gucci Bags Outlet,
    Coach Factory Outlet Online,
    Coach Purses Outlet,
    MCM black friday,
    Coach Factory,
    Ugg Bailey Button Factory,
    Monster Headphones Outlet Online,
    Michael Kors Outlet Online,
    North Face Jackets Outlet Online,

NursingLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a nursing or healthcare degree program. Use NursingLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.