How to Get a Promotion in Nursing

As a nurse, you work hard every day, and being recognized for your efforts is always rewarding. One of the best ways someone can acknowledge your achievements is by offering you a promotion, and for many, this is a natural step in their career. If you’re a nurse who is keen to move up into a more senior and challenging role, you will need to make sure you are noticed by your peers and make the right moves to achieve this. Here are some tips on how you can improve your chances of a promotion as a nurse.


You will already have achieved a degree-level education in nursing to get your license, but if you want to move on to more responsibility, you should consider what other qualifications you might need. For example, if you’re interested in taking on a managerial or research position, you will need to complete an RN to BSN educational program. If online learning is easier for you to manage given your current lifestyle, look at courses like HBU’s online degree programs to find something that suits your schedule. 

Ask for More Responsibility 

Putting yourself out there at work and actively seeking to do more is a good way to get attention from the right people. Not only will you be helping your peers tackle challenging daily tasks, but you will also be proving that you are capable of taking on more responsibility. This will make a good impression and is something you can demonstrate in interviews, proving that you’re the right person for the job and dedicated to your career. 

Additional Training 

Furthering your educational qualifications will help to boost your knowledge and experience, but if there is any additional training available to you, consider signing up for these programs. Again, by doing this, you are proving your commitment to the job and showing your initiative. It is these extra steps that will make you stand out from other applicants. Just make sure that this extra training is relevant to your career goals; otherwise, you could end up wasting your time when you’ll already be balancing a busy work schedule. 


Attend networking events where you can or social engagements with colleagues, such as after-work drinks or Christmas parties, etc. This is important, as although your professional capabilities are essential for promotions, people also need to know that you’re the type of person they can work with. Personalities do come into play when people are deciding which candidate will get the job; therefore, you must maintain good relationships with your peers. 

Be Vocal

Another good way of getting positive attention is by sharing new ideas with your peers and managers about improvements that could be made in the workplace. As a nurse, you will be working on the wards and with patients regularly, which means you will have a thorough understanding of what works and what doesn’t work. Be wary that you’re not speaking out of place, but remember that sharing ideas for improvement is another way to show initiative and that you’re an active team-player. 

To make your way up the nursing career ladder, keep these factors in mind, and begin to take the necessary steps towards a promotion. 

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