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5 Ways to Become the Head Nurse

Steve Berman | NursingLink

5 Ways to Become the Head Nurse


5. Be Patient

It can take several years to become a head nurse, even if you take care of the first four things on this list. Generally speaking, becoming a head nurse takes a combination of skill and tenure. You need to be good at your job and show that you’re in it for the long haul. So if you want to get promoted to the top spot, but the only option available is a much smaller promotion or a transfer to another department, take the smaller promotion or the transfer in stride. Persistence is key to becoming a head nurse, because it’s one of the great qualities that those selecting head nurses are looking for.

To be a head nurse, it isn’t enough to just be a good nurse. You have to show that you command the respect of others. You have to be able to give honest assessments of your fellow nurses without fear of hurt feelings or losing friendships. You have to have a strict eye for detail, because if anything goes wrong, the head nurse is the person who gets the blame. That’s the price that comes with the money, power, and respect that head nurses achieve.


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    Everyone starts a career dreaming of making it big one day and nurses are no different. While many of them prefer to start as staff nurses to learn the nitty gritty of bedside patient care, a lot of them would ultimately want to move to more senior roles.

    One of the surest ways of advancing in your nursing career is going to graduate school. For RNs keen on taking leadership roles, Master's of Nursing Administration ( http://www.stevenshenager.edu/healthcare/masters/nursing-administration ) is a degree worth considering, whereas those who want to become advance practice nurses (APNs) should probably enroll for an MSN degree. What this means is that it’s important to choose a graduate nursing degree depending on your goal.

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    As in many jobs, head nurses work up through the ranks--and excel each step of the way. They get a degree, work as a registered nurse, apply for an intermediate position such as charge nurse and then go for the head job. Experience, skill and networking can help you land a head nurse job, and additional education in health care administration also boosts your chances.

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    Having an advanced degree can surely help you get the position you want. One of my friends is now a head nurse after enduring many problems in her life. She even went to an alcohol rehabilitation program in the past, but after that, she changed her life to 180 degrees. If there were more people like her who are so determined to change for the better.

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