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Learning How to Lead
Perioperative nurses should be proactive in seeking out opportunities to advance their careers and strengthen the nursing profession.
David L. Taylor III, MSN, RN, CNOR; Heidi L. Nanavati, MSN, CRNP, CNOR; Jamie Ridout, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CASC; Laura A. Gayton, MHA, BSN, CNOR, CSSM; Leilani A. Salimone, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR
Publish Date: July 11, 2022   |  Tags:   Leadership
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CAREER ADVANCEMENT AORN encourages nurses to become actively involved in shaping the future of their profession.   |   All photos by AORN, Inc.

There are plenty of ways for surgical nurses to develop their leadership skills outside of the OR. Nurses who share their expertise enhance their own knowledge and skill level and help to promote a safer workplace environment. There is no magic formula to know when it’s the right time for nurses to seek a leadership position. It’s instinctual, a personal process of self-reflection that causes an individual to expand their reach and find their strengths that will impact others in a positive way. The desire to give back to one’s profession through selfless service pays dividends, such as personal insights, invaluable experience and added confidence. Stepping out of one’s comfort zone and pursuing opportunities to grow professionally and personally can be an important step for perioperative nurses who have the desire to contribute something that will have a lasting impression on the profession.

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