Career mapping: developing nurse leaders, reinvigorating careers

J Nurs Adm. 2009 Oct;39(10):432-7. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181b92264.


Nurse leaders must ensure the continued development and learning of all nurses, including those who postpone participation in existing professional development activities. In this article, the authors describe a career mapping program for nurses who have demonstrated reluctance in establishing and pursuing career advancement goals. The program incorporates a 2-tiered mentoring strategy and guides nurses in assessing their strengths and interests, developing career goals, and mapping out and implementing a career plan to meet personal and professional needs. The 18-month program resulted in career advancement for most participants and offers a model for leadership development.

MeSH terms

  • Career Mobility*
  • Leadership*
  • Mentors
  • Nursing, Supervisory*
  • Program Development
  • Staff Development*