With multiple groups that are now offered in every sub-specialty of nursing, determining a good fit for your career can be challenging. Here are a few things to consider while weighing the options.
While joining a new committee can provide invaluable insight on current nursing trends and industry development, one of the greatest disadvantages cited by fellow nurses is time constraints. Whichever healthcare arena you are employed in, continuing education and staff meetings are likely a mandatory addition to your usual routine.
You may also be required to perform a certain amount of volunteer work within the organization. The pressure to be involved compounded by work and family commitments could prove to be a great factor for your resolution.
Another component worth considering are the political, religious and personal agendas that may be associated with a particular organization. While becoming a member of a prestigious group might look impressive on your resume, or give you an edge on your next promotion; you may also become synonymous with views that do not align with your personal values or belief system.
Becoming a member of a professional group is an excellent way to network, increase your marketability, access peer mentoring and boost professional growth; however, my recommendation is to do your due diligence prior to making a commitment. Just as choosing an employer can have a positive or negative effect upon your career, so can organizational involvement.
Prepare yourself by doing a self assessment, and decide what you have to offer in terms of experience, time, money and abilities. Next, do your research on the organizations that peak your interest to determine the one that will aid in future career ventures.
Narrow results further by delving into group’s mission statements and past projects to find the perfect option for your needs. The American Nurses Association (http://nursingworld.org/) is an excellent starting point, and can help lead you to many other outstanding organizational options.
Overall, group participation is a very personal choice that must be determined by each individual’s interest and career purpose.
With careful consideration, a little research and a willingness to participate, becoming a member of a nursing organization can assist in improving your overall career experience.