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How to Get a Job as a Registered Nurse

“Even though there’s great growth potential, the market is still competitive,” says Donna Cardillo, RN, a speaker known as the “career guru” for nurses. She recommends nurses use both traditional and virtual tricks of the interviewing trade, including printing business cards for the interview process (many nurses don’t) and keeping up-to-date profiles on social media sites like LinkedIn. The most effective job leads, however, come from one-on-one contacts that can be found by joining professional organizations, such as state chapters of the American Nurses Association or other professional groups. For older job seekers looking to enter the field, Cardillo recommends they play up their experience in non-nursing fields, as those experiences can show a diverse set of skills. Another tip: Look beyond the hospital. Nurses are fanning out into a host of jobs, ranging from rehabilitation and long-term care facilities to nurse-run community clinics, schools or corporations where preventative care and wellness are becoming a bigger focus – and a bigger source of jobs. “The whole job market is shifting,” Cardillo says.

Interview Questions Submitted by Real Registered Nurses

"Name a time that you had to make a difficult decision in your work environment." - Aetna Registered Nurse Case Manager Candidate (Location Unknown)

"Would you take another position on med surgery floor?" - Jackson Hospital Registered Nurse Candidate (Alabama)

"What mistakes have you made when caring for patients?" - Emory Healthcare/Emory University Hospital Registered Nurse Candidate (Atlanta, GA)

Job Satisfaction

Upward Mobility fair Average
Stress Level poor Above Average
Flexibility fair Average

What is the Job Like?

Nursing can be physically, emotionally and mentally demanding. Expect to spend plenty of time on your feet, dealing with both mundane tasks and the intense interpersonal experience of helping patients through their most vulnerable moments. Day-to-day, the hours can be long and unpredictable. However, the variety of career options open to nurses today makes tailoring your work life to your own desired schedule much easier.

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