As a Nursing Professional Development Specialist at Hillcrest and Euclid Hospitals, Amanda Kleckner, MSN, RN, CMSRN, gains great satisfaction from influencing the development of other nurses. She also offers advice to those who are still seeking their place in the profession.
When I started as a nurse, I always knew that I wanted to continue my education and work towards advancing my career, but I didn’t know where to turn. However, when I was placed in the position of precepting new graduates, I received my calling. I loved being able to work with, guide, and impact their professional practice. When the opportunity to develop my professional career came around, I thought nothing more than going for it. I was fortunate to be offered a position as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist and I knew I had found my calling.
As a Nursing Professional Development Specialist, I get the opportunity to meet and work with nurses at all different stages of their development, from novice all the way to expert. From orientation and residency to staff development and just in time education, I am privileged to influence nurses and their professional development. This career has been incredibly gratifying in terms of being able to see and recognize growth in nurses. Knowing that what I do not only impacts their professional career but also the health and wellness of all of the patients they touch is truly rewarding.
As a new nurse or a nurse wanting to find your calling, my best advice is to get your feet wet. Take advantage of opportunities to get involved with different committees, be a champion or a super user for something on your unit. Dipping your feet in different areas of nursing may be exactly what you need to find your true calling.