Ready for a new challenge? Nurse management is the logical next step for many nurses who are seeking more responsibility at work. If you are organized, confident, good with problem solving, and you possess strong leadership skills, management may be the best path for you. Here's how to land the job you're looking for.
■Gain plenty of experience. Nurse managers are responsible for all the nurses on their shift. They must be knowledgeable and well-prepared for any situation that may arise. Make sure you have spent several years on the floor that you hope to manage some day.
■Don't be shy about your aspirations. If you let people know what direction you're heading in, they may give you tips or even take you under their wing. When a position opens up, you may be the first person they think of.
■Prove yourself. Nurse managers need to demonstrate many qualities that go above and beyond the average nurse. Show that you are capable handing stressful situations, resolving conflicts, and working well with others. If you seem needy or uncertain, that promotion is going to stay in the distant future.
■Continue your education. It may not be required, but a little extra training can go a long way. Sign up for a few business classes at a local college. That will show that you're serious about your goals and it will teach you a few things about the responsibilities of those in management positions.