Source:

Nursing2015

January 2007, Volume 37 Number 1 , p 8 - 8 [FREE]

Author

  • BETTY KOTELES RN, BSCN

Abstract

 

With the deadline for applications to the clinical ladder just around the corner, I need to write a clinical exemplar, a narrative documenting the performance of acts requiring substantial specialized knowledge, judgment, and nursing skill.

 

As I face this task I dread, two questions come to mind. First, why is it so difficult for nurses to articulate their accomplishments? And second, what other profession requires its members to write a show-and-tell narrative of their accomplishments and contributions to prove their worth?

 

I challenge anyone from the corporate world to walk 4 miles every day on the job (as I've logged on a pedometer), at sometimes-dizzying speed, sometimes despite missing lunch. Isn't it time to give nurses the recognition we deserve without making us provide the proof?

 

BETTY KOTELES, RN, BSCN

 

Tampa, Fla.

With the deadline for applications to the clinical ladder just around the corner, I need to write a clinical exemplar, a narrative documenting the performance of acts requiring substantial specialized knowledge, judgment, and nursing skill.

As I face this task I dread, two questions come to mind. First, why is it so difficult for nurses to articulate their accomplishments? And second, what other profession requires its members to write a show-and-tell narrative of their accomplishments and contributions to prove their worth?

I challenge anyone from the corporate world to walk 4 miles every day on the job (as I've logged on a pedometer), at sometimes-dizzying speed, sometimes despite missing lunch. Isn't it time to give nurses the recognition we deserve without making us provide the proof?

BETTY KOTELES, RN, BSCN

Tampa, Fla.