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I have been a telemetry nurse for seven years and I am pursuing a certificate in leadership. How do I find a leadership position?



Dear Donna,

I have been a telemetry nurse for seven years and I am pursuing a certificate in leadership. What would you suggest I do to find a leadership position?

Telemetry Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Telemetry Nurse,

Sounds like you’re on an upward trajectory. Read the article “Gearing up for management” ( and take the advice there.

A great first step, as the article mentions, is to join the American Organization of Nurse Executives ( and start attending local meetings. You don’t need to have any type of leadership position to join or attend meetings, even as a guest, but you’ll find role models and mentors here. When there is something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing it. Networking is known to be a great way to find a job. Check out the American College of Healthcare Executives (

Also, let your supervisor know of your aspirations, further your formal education if necessary and spiff up your image. Seek challenging assignments that will afford you the opportunity to learn and grow, showcase your talents and give you visibility. Expand your resume by working on projects related to staffing, budgeting, team building, policy and procedure development.

Read “Six Steps to Getting the Most From Your Job” ( for additional ideas on how to expand your horizons, your network and your opportunities.

Best wishes,


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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is’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 and, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit

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