5 Proactive Steps Nurses Can Take When Denied a Promotion

5 Proactive Steps Nurses Can Take When Denied a Promotion

If you put your best foot forward to get that nursing promotion you had your heart set on, but got passed over for someone else, this article is for you. While it’s normal to feel disappointment when you don’t get what you want, the way you bounce back from that minor setback could dictate your success in landing a future promotion.

According to NursingLink, here are 5 things you should do when you don’t get the promotion you want:

1) Acknowledge your disappointment: Not getting a promotion can cause anger, resentment and even depression if not managed properly. To avoid wallowing in your disappointment, take a beat and do something nice for yourself that helps reduce stress like treating yourself to a massage, getting a pedicure, or taking a yoga class.

2) Follow Up: Once your disappointment subsides, Susan Whitcomb, author of 30-Day Job Promotion, recommends scheduling some time to talk to the decision maker to find out what it would take for you to get promoted. She says, “If you ask why you didn’t get the promotion, you put the manager in defensive mode,” she says. “Instead ask what it would it take to be promoted in the future. That makes you look like a team player.”

3) Stay Visible & Enthusiastic: Now is not the time to be low-key. The more people who see what you’re capable of contributing, the better your chance of getting promoted down the road. NursingLink says, “That means building cross-functional work teams when appropriate and updating your manager’s manager on your accomplishments.”

4) Be Honest & Professional: You don’t have to hide the fact that you’re disappointed about not getting promoted, but you also shouldn’t whine or complain about it either. NursingLink recommends that you tell co-workers “you didn’t get the promotion and that you’re looking forward to working with the person who got it.” They stress the importance of not “bad-mouthing” the person who was chosen in any way.

5) Take Time for Reflection: When you don’t get what you want, it’s the perfect time to get clear about what you really want. Jane Cranston with ExecutiveCoachNY.com says it best when she advises, ““Ask yourself if you really wanted the job, and if you did, why. Some reflection could open you up to new possibilities and jobs you hadn’t considered.”

Getting passed over for things we really want is part of life. In many cases, that initial rejection offers the motivation we need to get better. If you are open to exploring ways to increase your education, training, experience, and interpersonal skills, you’ll eventually get that promotion you seek.

To learn more, read the entire NursingLink article here.