Your Nursing Career Database, The Nurse Keith Show, EPS 78

Are you aware that everything you create, say, do, and accomplish as a nurse becomes a part of your nursing career database? If you understood that your personal/professional brand and career is actually built upon the foundation of this database, would you be more careful and conscientious about what information you fed in? This is an important issue to consider, nurses; you can indeed make a positive contribution to your nursing career database on a very regular basis.


Throughout your career as a nurse, everything you create, publish, write, communicate, or otherwise put out into the world serves as part of the database of your nursing career. From your LinkedIn profile and resume to your tweets and updates, your personal and professional brand is to a large extent fed and watered by the paper and digital trail of your career.

Throughout your career as a nurse, everything you create, publish, write, communicate, or otherwise put out into the world serves as part of the database of your nursing career. From your LinkedIn profile and resume to your tweets and updates, your personal and professional brand is to a large extent fed and watered by the paper and digital trail of your career.

On October 10th, 2016, I published a post on my blog Digital Doorway that addresses this very issue. I wrote:

What you say about yourself is a big part of your career database, nurses. When your resume lands on someone’s desk, it is a paper (or digital) representation of you and your career. Even if you’re not offered the position for which you’re applying, that resume may sit in a drawer or file and be revisited later for another position that opens up down the road. If your resume or cover letter are substandard, then you’re creating a database that has a serious flaw that may come back and bite you in the gluteus maximus later on.

Let’s say you go to a job fair and you bad-mouth your current employer to a recruiter from a competing hospital. That recruiter may agree with you in the moment and share a laugh about your employer; however, the next day, she may only remember that you’re the nurse who was pretty free with his criticism, and she may wonder how loyal an employee you would truly be if she took a chance and hired you.

In terms of managing your career database, I wrote:

This career database I’m talking about isn’t a static thing that never changes or evolves; your career database is an organic, growing entity that will morph and stretch along with you. When you move from bedside nursing to research or management, your database comes along for the ride and its nature will be changed by your new experiences. If you become a nurse entrepreneur, your career will shift, and your paper/virtual trail will be populated with new data, taking on an identity that’s aligned with who you are now in the context of the overall trajectory of your career.

You bear the responsibility for conscientiously managing your career database, and it can be an empowered, joyful process. With every certification earned, your skills and knowledge deepen, and your credibility broadens. With each blog post, resume update, interview, or YouTube video, your nursing identity is solidified and your database is strengthened. It’s a continuum and an ongoing process.

And I concluded:

Build your career database proactively, with an eye towards the future of your nursing career; make decisions based on your short-term, mid-term, and long-term career goals.

No one will necessarily add to your nursing career database for you; you can ask for testimonials and references, and your other endeavors to deepen your database will be driven by your desire for professional success and fulfillment.

Your career database is like an enormous portfolio of both digital and non-digital data that paints a picture of who you are and what you’re all about as a nursing professional. Build it with a sense of proactive, conscientious thought for the future.

This virtual paper trail of your career is indeed a picture of who you are and what makes you tick as a nursing professional.


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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 is also 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 currently writes for MultiViews News Service,, 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. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely and talented wife, Mary Rives.

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