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Professional & Leadership

Development in Nursing
Rachel Lima

Direct Patient Care Abilities
• Personal Strengths:
– Rapport with patients
– Technical Skills

• Opportunities for Improvement
– Mastering infrequently used skills

• Short-Term Goals/Strategies
– Develop confidence, master common nursing skills

• Long-Term Goals/Strategies
– Influence patient care through staffing and patient
assignment responsibilities

Unit Leadership Abilities
• Personal Strengths
– Ability to facilitate teamwork
– “People Person”

• Opportunities for improvement
– Learning and assuming professional leadership
roles
– Legal considerations

• Goals/Strategies
– Charge RN: could be long- or short-term goal
– Senior RN Manager, Unit Director

Organizations, Journals,
Certifications
• Short-Term Goals/Strategies
– BSN Degree and RN License
– Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
– Join Emergency Nurses’ Association (ENA)
– Journal of Emergency Nursing

• Long-Term Goals/Strategies
– Trauma Nurse Certification (TNS)
– Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) Certification –
requires 2 years
– CCRN – if applicable to patient population

Management/Leadership Book
• Four rules for finding both
success and happiness in
one’s current line of work
• Compliments Strengths:
– Setting small, realistic goals
– Mastering skills to increase my
value as an employee

• Highlights Areas for
Improvement:
– Need for change in mindset

Leadership Shadowing Experiences
• SWAT RN at Banner UMC-South
– Prioritizing nursing tasks
– Communication strategies with
colleagues

• House Supervisor at Banner UMCSouth
– Interdisciplinary collaboration and
communication
– Conflict resolution
– Maintaining a positive workplace

Professional/Community Activities
• Smoke detector installation with the
American Red Cross Foundation
– Interaction/communication with
underserved populations
– Humbling experience

• Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Certification
– Clinical knowledge
– Hands-on practice of mock codes

Timeline of Short-Term Goals
December 15, 2016

Graduate from an accredited nursing program with my BSN degree

Early my
February 2017
Pass my NCLEX exam and receive
Get PALS Certification
RN license
February 13, 2017

Start my 16-week orientation in the ED at Banner UMC-South

Early June,
2017
Join
the Emergency Nurses’ Association

Complete my orientation in the ED

Early-Mid 2019
Explore Charge RN Opportunities

(ENA)

Timeline of Long-Term Goals
Pursue promotion to Charge
RN

2019

Receive 2019
TNS, CEN, and
CCRN certifications

Complete remaining
prerequisite courses
required for MCAT

Pursue position of leadership in 2020 Take MCAT and apply to medical
school
Association of Emergency Nurses

Apply to medical school

2021

Explore additional leadership
opportunities on the unit

2022

If not admitted to medical school, pursue
promotion to senior manager or unit
director

If admitted, begin medical school

Continuing Education and Higher
Education Endeavors
• Ultimate Career Goal: Forensic
Pathology
• Short-Term Goals
– Experience in ED Nursing
– Coursework for MCAT

• Long-Term Goals
– Take MCAT
– Medical School

References
Marquis, B. L., & Huston, C. J. (2015). Effective
conflict resolution and negotiation.
Leadership roles and management functions
in nursing (8th ed., pp. 489). Philadelphia, PA:
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Newport, C. (2012). So good they can’t ignore
you (why skills trump passion in the quest for
work you love). New York City, NY: Grand
Central Publishing.