Nurses Career and Professional Guide: 5 Things to Do in the Fourth Quarter for a More Successful Career

The fourth quarter of the year is usually a time when people reflect, restrategize, and set personal and professional goals for themselves, and that includes us nurses. As the year winds down, this is the perfect time to take strategic steps towards advancing in our careers.

Whether you are currently feeling unmotivated or energized regarding your career goals, keep reading because, in this guide, we will explain five essential things you can do in the fourth quarter of the year for a more successful career in nursing.

5 Things to Do in the Fourth  Quarter of the Year  For a More Successful Career

How do you become more successful in your career this year? Here are five things to do in the fourth quarter of the year to get a more successful career:

Reflect on your achievement

Take a moment to review your accomplishments over the years. Think about the milestones you have reached in your career, the new skills and certifications you have gained, and the progress you have made generally. 

This exercise will help you appreciate how far you have come as you plan for where you are headed.

Set clear career goals

Think of where you want to be in terms of your career. Do you want to be promoted to a higher position than the one you currently occupy? Would you like to specialize in a specific area in nursing? Do you want to get a certain certification?

Think deeply about what you want to achieve for yourself this quarter. This will help you determine the specific steps you need to take to get to your goal.

Plan your next move

Whatever goal you have chosen to achieve, there must be something you need to do to get it. For example, if you have chosen to specialize in a specific area in nursing, you may need to take some certification courses  for it.

Ask yourself if there are any workshops, courses, or certifications you need to pursue to enhance your skill set to achieve your goal. Write them out and plan to make those moves.

Build relationships and network

There is no better way to discover life-changing career opportunities than at industry events or forums like Natty Nurses. Networks like this allow you to stay updated on valuable insights and career opportunities in the healthcare industry.

If being more successful in your career as a nurse is your goal in this fourth quarter, then make time to attend events and build relationships with other people in your line of work.

Update your online resume or portfolio

In this digital age, your online presence is often the first impression potential employers or collaborators have of you. To advance in your career as a nurse, you should take advantage of the digital space by updating your resume and professional profiles. Also, highlight the achievements, certifications, and skills you have acquired over the years.


The last quarter of the year can be very confusing and overwhelming. You may catch yourself either feeling sad that you haven't reached your goal for the year or pushing yourself too hard to rush over your goal for the year, or you may just relax and not do anything about your goal since it's just two months until the end of the year. Whatever the case, note  that nothing is impossible, and anything can still happen if you set your mind to it.

All the goals you have towards becoming more successful in your career are still possible in this fourth quarter. All you have to do is make the most of this time with the tips highlighted above, and you will be right on the path to growth and advancement in the nursing profession.

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December 2, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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