Personal affiliations and networking are important for nursing leaders. Why are these important? How will they benefit you in your career future?
Having personal affiliations and networking in nursing can be viewed as positive and negative in regards to leadership; however, with personal networking use it can assist in accelerating ones career along with their career as a nursing leader. In the world today it seems when looking for jobs or anything else it seems to come down to who one knows. In the nursing profession along with any other profession it is always important to maintain that career you are in and it is just as important to have a list of strong professional and personal references as well. When we are at work and outside of work like attending some type of nursing conference, it is essential that we are always have a professional face on an act professional as we never know who we may run into. We may run into someone who could give you a huge promotion for your career and if we are not professional when meeting them this chance may never happen.
When applying for a job there is only a 20 percent chance of actually getting hired if you do not know anyone inside that company that you are applying for, that is why networking is very important (Reflections on Nursing Leadership, 2011). Having a good list of people you have affiliations with is a good way to help obtain a new nursing career, because if you are affiliated with a member who belongs to the company you are applying to it gives you a better chance on your career along with advancements in your nursing career at that facility. There are many ways to build networks with other nurses and possibly future employers which are not only limited to attending nursing conferences or conventions but one can also do volunteer work which could lead to new opportunities. Also by participating in activities put on by your facility participating in organizational opportunities for the company you already work for is a great way to meet the leaders of your company and move up in the organization you already work for (Reflections on Nursing Leadership, 2011). Volunteering not only helps meet new people but it also will look good when applying for jobs, volunteering shows that you are willing to take time out of your own life to help others out, which is a great quality in a nurse.
Huber, Diane. Leadership and Nursing Care Management, 5th Edition. Saunders, 2014. VitalBook file.
Reflections on Nursing Leadership. (2011). http://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/Pages/Vol37_2_Montgomery.aspx
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