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5 Things You Need to Give up to Get a Nursing Job

Adam Starr | NursingLink


You Aren’t Owed Anything.

“But I was in Golden Key. But I was the treasurer of SAE. But I always got As. But I got accepted to every place I applied. But I was voted most likely to succeed. But my professors all love me. But my Dad is the mayor…”

That is excellent news. Unfortunately, so were thousands and thousands of other recent grads. If there are only X amount of nursing jobs and there are five, 10 or 200 qualified people applying for each one of them, not everyone is going to be hired. Competition from your classmates isn’t your only concern. You don’t have to be an economist to know that you are up against a national job market with overly qualified nurses applying for entry-level positions because of mass layoffs.

The Good News:

By recognizing this reality you will be less likely to passively wait for what you think you “deserve.” Instead, by realizing that you need to stand out in a crowded field of people just as qualified or more qualified than you, it will make it easier to focus on things you can do to compete. Things like beefing up your nursing resume with internships and volunteering experiences. Things like getting new skills, and staying up-to-date on the latest medical technologies. This opportunity may also be a great time to go back to nursing school for that master’s or PhD!

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    This a very informative article. It is a must read for the new grad without a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    HerbalNurse

    about 3 years ago

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    This is a very good article. The only thing I would add is to just not take any and every job opened to you. I know you need a job. But, there are some jobs that have a potential to leave a very bad taste in your mouth, or even may be a job that a new grad doesn't need to take because the experience expectations are beyond where you are. You worked very hard to your license, Don't compromise in these areas. You want to keep your license.

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