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The Nursing Career Planning Guide

Author(s): Susan Odegaard Turner, RN, MN, MBA, PhD, Turner Healthcare Associates, Inc.,
  • ISBN-13: 9780763739539
  • ISBN-10:0763739537
  • Paperback    226 pages      © 2007
Price: International Sales $64.95 US List
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The Nursing Career Planning Guide presents working nurses with tips for beginning a nursing career, moving out of bedside clinical roles, and acquiring general supervision and career development skills. This book introduces strategies for coping with workplace transitions such as job reentry, layoff, termination, resignation, and compassion fatigue.


The Nursing Career Planning Guide also covers of the following topics: nursing as a career, the nursing shortage, men in nursing, financing your nursing education, and life as a new nurse. Author Susan Odegaard Turner offers unique self assessment tools (Turner Self Assessment Tools) that nurses and nursing students can use routinely over the course of their career.


Nurses in any stage of their career will benefit from this book!


Features & Benefits

The Nursing Career Planning Guide cover the following topics:

  • Working with a recruiter
  • Encouraging other nurses to succeed
  • Workplace Transition
  • Professional Malaise/Compassion Fatigue
  • Mastering Career Transitions (layoffs, termination, re-entry, disciplinary action, etc.)
  • Nursing as a Career and Second Career
  • Choosing a Nursing School
  • RN vs. LVN/LPN Education
  • Men in Nursing
  • Financing Your Nursing Education
  • Life as a New Nurse

Ch 1 - Nursing as a Career

Choosing nursing as a career

The nursing shortage

Nursing as a second career

Men in Nursing

Selecting a school


Financing your nursing education


Ch 2 - Life as a New Nurse

Your Interim permit/license

Your first RN job

Balancing your life

Ch 3 - Career Development

Turner Healthcare Self assessment Tools©


Working with a recruiter


Ch 4 - General Career Skills
Important skills in addition to clinical competencies

Selling yourself with no experience

What your boss wants you to know

Time management

Communication strategies

Dealing with conflict


Ch 5 - Nursing Roles

Non-clinical roles for nurses in hospitals

Roles for nurses outside hospitals

Advanced practice roles


Ch 6 - Supervision/Management Skills
Supervising the work of others
Being a charge nurse/shift head nurse

Being a nurse manager

Managing an effective team


Turner Delegation Self Assessment Tool©

Performance evaluations


Decision-making and Problem solving

Ch 7 - Encouraging Other Nurses to Succeed
Effective Mentoring

Effective Coaching

Effective Precepting


Ch 8 - Workplace Transition

Reentry into the workforce

Sidelined career

Lay off/reduction in force

Turner Layoff Checklist©


Turner Resignation Checklist©


Negotiating a Raise

Professional malaise and Burnout

Coping with Transition-Changing your headspace

Professional Malaise Recovery

Personal Restructuring

Mastering Career Transition

Turner Transition Model©


Ch 9 - Professional Advocacy

Nurturing our Young

Nurse Retention

Public perception of nurses

Nurse Survival Strategies

Being of Service

Workplace abuse


Political advocacy

Ch 10 - Creating Your Nursing Future


Ch 11 - Evolving Your Career

The Winner





Susan Odegaard Turner, RN, MN, MBA, PhD-Turner Healthcare Associates, Inc.,

Dr. Turner is the founder of the consulting firm, Turner healthcare Associates, Inc. With thirty years in the healthcare field, she began her career as a Critical Care Unit and Emergency Department registered nurse. She has served in top management roles including Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, Nursing, Director of Education, Product Line Manager, and Vice President of Business Development for various hospitals throughout Southern California. She has designed and published the "Transitions in healthcare" program through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is the author of "The Nurse's Guide to Managed Care." In addition to her Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master's of Business Administration from California Lutheran University. She received her Doctorate in Business Administration at Southern California University. Dr. Turner is on the faculty for the UCLA Graduate School of Nursing and University of Phoenix. She has spent five years as the Healthcare Careers Expert for