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What are some tips for how to respond when you are asked to evaluate your performance compared with your job description?

Friday November 30, 2012
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Question:

Dear Donna,

What are some tips for how to respond when you are asked to evaluate your performance compared with your job description? My present position only requires a bachelor’s degree. I have a master’s degree and I am being paid accordingly; however, I seem to be relegated to taking and transcribing meeting notes and doing write-ups for tracer activities. I want to be able to constructively make improvements to my job.

Underused

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Underused,

Be honest in your assessment, and write it up in a constructive way. You can use phrases such as "Much of my time is spent ..." and mention what you deem nonproductive or something that can be delegated to another employee. You can also say something like "My time and talents could be better used by..." and mention some things you'd like to do that would benefit the department/facility/agency, make your supervisor's life easier, and improve patient care and compliance.

Spend some time thinking about what your ideal role or job description would look like, and what your career goals are. Some nurses have created their own job title and description based on the changing healthcare environment. If this is something you'd like to work on, do so and then ask to meet with your supervisor to propose it. Be prepared to illustrate how this would support the organization. You also may just need to have a heart-to-heart discussion with your supervisor about all of this and together work on something that suits both of your needs.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.