Title

Taking Charge of Your Career

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1998

Abstract

With the changes in this country's health care system, many nurses face uncertain futures, confronted with organizational restructuring or job loss. As downsizing continues and managed care moves patients from acute care settings to outpatient facilities, you're probably seeing some nursing units close, never to reopen. And, as each door closes, feelings of insecurity increase. You wonder if your unit will be next. Though it may, sound trite, when one door closes, another usually opens. The changes in health care are creating new and exciting career opportunities in hospitals, community settings, businesses, and health care organizations. Instead of looking back regretfully at the closed door, you need to envision the many roles you might play in the future-in all the possible new settings. In this article, I'll provide an overview of the career-planning process. I'll suggest strategies to help you make decisions and discuss possible opportunities and career choices.

Publication Title

American Journal of Nursing

Volume

98

Issue

1

First Page

36

Last Page

40

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