A Nursing Job Isn’t Just About Salary, The Nurse Keith Show, EPS 27

In episode 27 of The Nurse Keith Show, holistic nurse career coach Keith Carlson discusses how a new position can mean a great deal to your career, even if it means a small drop in salary. How else can a new job benefit your professional life and nursing career?


So, if a new job is on your horizon, but there may be a small cut in pay, what can you get out of this position apart from the money? If you take the 10,000-foot macro view of this potential career move, what movement and career development does this position offer?


Even though most 21st-century jobs offer precious little concrete benefits, consider the relative value of the benefits that you are offered. Gym memberships, health insurance, group auto insurance, group life or disability insurance all offer some value to you, and these are worth considering if they’re on offer.

Miscellaneous Factors

Meanwhile, one must also consider changes in commute time, parking costs, the ability to take public transportation rather than accrue wear and tear on your vehicle, and other factors that can make a new position even more valuable.

Your Network

If a new position offers the potential of meeting like-minded colleagues who could be influential in your development of new connections, or an entree into an area of the profession that’s new to you, one must also consider the value of those connections.

If you’re interested in a particular specialty area, meeting those in the know could be the key to getting your foot in the door.

Visibility, Credibility, Marketability

A new position can offer you visibility within a particular specialty of sub-specialty, credibility in terms of the development and mastery of new skills or knowledge, and increase marketability related to those new skills, those new connections and colleagues, and a broader level of professional experience and expertise.

There’s no end to how a new position can move your career forward, so when considering your options, look beyond the money to the larger macro view of how a potential position could benefit your career in the short- and long-term.

The Nurse Keith Show is adroitly edited and produced by James Larson, and social media and promotion are expertly handled by Mark Capispisan.

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Nurse Keith photoKeith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is the Board Certified Nurse Coach behind NurseKeith.com and the well-known blog, Digital Doorway.

Keith is co-host of RNFMRadio.com, a wildly popular nursing podcast; he also hosts The Nurse Keith Show, his own podcast focused on career advice and inspiration for nurses. Keith is also the resident nursing career expert at Nurse.com.

A widely published nurse writer, Keith is the author of “Savvy Networking For Nurses: Getting Connected and Staying Connected in the 21st Century.” He has also contributed chapters to a number of books related to the nursing profession, and currently writes for MultiViews New Service, LPNtoBSNOnline.com, StaffGarden, and Working Nurse Magazine.

Mr. Carlson brings a plethora of experience as a nurse thought leader, online nurse personality, holistic career coach, writer, and well-known successful nurse entrepreneur.

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