Nursing Career Development, 1-2-3 | The Nurse Keith Show, EPS 123

In honor of this episode being number 123, I decided to do a show on a 1-2-3 approach to nursing career development. Becoming a nurse isn’t as easy as 1-2-3, but there are some basic building blocks that help in terms of maintaining and nurturing our passion and professional drive.

123 building blocks

There are more than three basic building blocks to a successful nursing career, and we’re going to explore and enumerate the ones that feel absolutely essential to me at this moment in time. So I misled you from the start — there are going to be five, not three. My bad!

  1. Networking: those of you who listen this show or read my blog know that networking is a big deal for me in terms of career development. The 2nd edition of my book, Savvy Networking for Nurses: Getting Connected and Staying Connected in the 21st Century, is now available on Amazon for those of you who want more information and inspiration about the importance of online and face-to-face networking.

2. Building your brand: Personal and professional branding is essential for your nursing career. Your brand has to do with what others experience when interacting with you both online and in person. Your brand is made up of who you are, how you communicate, how you conduct yourself in your personal and professional lives, your online communications, your skills, your education and certifications, and everything else related to who you are in the world. Build a positive brand throughout your life and career.

3. Continuous learning and professional development: Intellectual curiosity, skill-building, leadership, communication, and other types of learning are central to moving your career forward. It doesn’t have to be limited to professional education and learning; you can move your career and life forward by fulfilling personal learning goals as well.

4. Personal development: Working on yourself and developing different aspects of yourself is also important to your overall well-being and success. This includes personal development in the spiritual, emotional, political, social, physical, and mental realms. Growing as a person will have a positive impact on your career, your happiness, and the choices you make throughout your life.

5. Finding joy and happiness: Episode 120 was all about cultivating leisure, pleasure, joy, and fun in your life. This is essential to your happiness at home and at work!

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

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

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 has written for,, MultiViews News Service, LPNtoBSNOnline, StaffGarden, Working Nurse Magazine, and other online platforms.

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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