Nurse career mapping: A qualitative case study of a new hospital

Priscylia Maria Sandehang, Rr Tutik Sri Hariyati, Imami Nur Rachmawati

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© 2019 The Author(s). Background: Career mapping is an effective strategy for providing nurses with a clear direction and a realistic time scale for achieving their career goals. The purpose of this research is to investigate career mapping for nurses at a new hospital in Jakarta. Method: The study design is qualitative and implements a focussed case study approach. Data were collected from focus group discussions (FGDs) with two groups: one group consisted of eight staff nurses and the other consisted of six nurse managers. An inductive content analysis of all transcripts from the FGDs and of field notes was conducted independently. Result: This research produced seven themes that together portray the entire career mapping process. In Hospital X, the career map for a particular nurse is based on the level of formal education, the length and nature of their work experience and a competency assessment. A self-assessment process and considerations related to competence in all aspects of nursing have been included in the process for nurses at Hospital X. The idea that nurses should be positioned in a working environment that matches their level of competency is a fundamental principle for nursing managers. Conclusion: As a new hospital, Hospital X has implemented nurse career mapping and striven for accreditation. Career developments not only become the responsibility of an organisation but also the responsibility of individuals to develop themselves and their careers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMC Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2019


  • Assessment
  • Career mapping
  • Case study
  • Competencies
  • New hospital
  • Nurse

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