Congratulations! You have your nursing degree. A career in nursing promises a rewarding future of personal satisfaction, growth, good earnings and increased responsibility. Welcome to the real world, now what? How do you figure out and ultimately land your dream job? Where do you even being to look? You have your degree, does that make you qualified? Confused about the next steps? We’re here to help! We put together this helpful resource to help you find and land the right nursing job for you.
Finding the Right Nursing Job for You
You know that you want to be a nurse, but nurses are employed in a number of different settings. When starting to look for your first nursing job, it’s important to figure out what field of nursing you want to work in. Would you prefer to work in a hospital setting? Or would you rather become a school nurse? Are you interested in working with elderly patients in nursing facilities? Or does a career as a traveling nurse appeal to you? The more options you are open to, the more opportunity for work you will have. Here are some employment options for nurses:
- Physician’s office– If you are seeking a regular 9-to-5 work schedule, working in a physician’s office would be a good path for you.
- Hospitals– While being an RN in a hospital can be a frenetic environment, it offers unique advantages to care for a wide variety of patients. There is a greater opportunity to gain additional specialized training for hospital RNs.
- Travel nurses- A career as a travel nurse is perfect for someone who is flexible and willing to travel. Travel nurses typically work temporarily in one area, and move locations depending on where they are needed.
- Pediatric nursing– Do you love working with children? If so, consider a career as a pediatric nurse.
- Home healthcare services- Home healthcare RN’s provide a more personal, one-on-one patient experience by monitoring patients in their homes after they’ve left the hospital.
- Nursing homes
- Health insurance providers
- Local government agencies
Nursing Certifications and Continuing Your Education
Successful nurses are ones who are committed to furthering their professional education. It’s imperative that nurses stay sharp with their skills and up-to-date on the latest technology and procedures. Although requirements for continuing education units (CEUs) differ between states, most require between 5 and 30 hours of education. CEUs typically cover a variety of topics on many different nursing specialties and usually mean you have to attend classes, take online courses, participate in nursing organization events or take exams.
If you aspire to become an advanced nurse like a nurse practitioner, certified nurse anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist, you will need to obtain a masters of science in nursing, or MSN. A MSN will allow you to specialize in a specific field that you enjoy, such as geriatrics, mental health, or acute care.
Marketing Yourself as a Nurse
Employers typically review several candidates when filling a nursing position, so standing out from the crowd is essential. Make sure that your resume, work history, credentials and certifications are up-to-date and free of errors.
Social media profiles such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are a way to personalize your brand and set yourself apart from the competition, so make sure they’re a great reflection of yourself.
Preparing for Your Interview
Congratulations, you’ve made it past the first round of recruiting! The most important part of preparing for your interview is doing the research. Learn vital information about the organization, hospital or facility you are interviewing for, like their mission statement, vision and leaders. Researching the facility is good for two reasons. First, you will become familiar with the facility. Secondly, you can share your knowledge during your interview and impress the interviewer.
Before any interview, you should try to prepare answers for basic job interview questions like:
- What are your career goals?
- Why did you choose a career in nursing?
- What are your strengths/weaknesses?
- Find more basic interview questions here
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