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Essential Criteria: 5 years' post-registration experience at grade E Management of IV therapies course Desirable Criteria: Management qualification
After registering I worked in a variety of specialties mainly concentrating in surgery where I enjoyed the pace of turnover and the challenges of wound care. The experience I gained in the first few years post-registration was a good general base from which to choose a specialty. I settled in a male surgical ward gaining an E grade post after two years. I spent a number of years working in surgery developing skills and experience, acting up regularly during the absence of the ward manager. This gave me insight into the job I am currently in and an idea of development needs for the role. I also had the opportunity to participate in a number of projects, some looking at innovation for my ward and others looking at auditing standards of care within the management unit I worked for, which helped feed my enthusiasm for driving forward standards of patient care delivery. This gave me experience in participating in and managing projects which helped future vision. I learned a lot about the value of managing change correctly during that time.
Ability to change things. Challenge of building a team. Diversity of role. Interface between management and clinical practice. Career progression. Salary increase
Thinking through my leadership/ management style in a structured way through a business management course and ongoing education and development challenges Having a mentor during my first year that was clinically experienced and skilled in mentoring. We met on a weekly basis at first talking through pertinent issues reflecting on how I had dealt with them and how I might have handled them differently. I learned a lot through this activity. The team I work with. They are an exemplary group of people who work well towards a common goal. Their support is crucial.
You should try to find out about the culture of the organisation and decide whether or not that culture would facilitate any further career progression you intend. Ask for a period of work shadowing or acting up into the position you aspire to. Take on an innovative role within your ward or offer to manage a project of change. Develop good clinical skills in the area you wish to manage. You may even wish to consider a formal education course in that specialty.
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