Shahde + Sherry + some unusual circumstances = a Clinical Ladder position!
This summer, I had the pleasure of taking care of a very special patient — our very own Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Sherry Perkins. I cannot put into words how honored I was. I knew taking care of Sherry was going to be a challenge because of how much she genuinely cares for people.
While I was nervously asking Sherry her admission questions, she interrupted me and asked, “What level are you on the Clinical Ladder?” I answered that I was not on the clinical ladder. She looked shocked.
My inner thoughts and fears, which I shared with Sherry, were this: a clinical ladder position was something that I always strived for and wanted to accomplish, but I felt that I was not qualified enough. In my head, I had a strong belief that I would not fit that “mold” of someone who should be on the Clinical ladder here at AAMC.
Sherry gave me the encouragement to get the application together as soon as possible. I gave her my word and by the end of the month, I had my portfolio together and was ready to set up my meeting with my director.
I share this story because sometimes one needs that extra boost of encouragement — especially when you doubt yourself — and Sherry was that person for me. I know there are many more of my fellow colleagues who can move up the clinical ladder. If I can do it, you can, too. You are much more qualified than you think. YOU CAN DO IT!
I leave you with these final questions: Are you being the best nurse you can be? Are you taking advantage of all of the great opportunities that AAMC has to offer?
Please join Sherry and me in January as we kick off different types of information sessions for joining the clinical ladder! More details to come! –Shahde Graham-Coker, RNClick here for more information about the clinical ladder. Disclosure: Express written consent was obtained by this patient to share this story.