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Finding Nursing Jobs in the Recession

Finding Nursing Jobs in the Recession

What are your tips and tricks for finding a job in nursing?

Kathy Quan | NursingLink

The recession has temporarily stalled the nursing shortage as fewer people seek health care and established nurses have either put off retirement, or returned to work because of their own economic issues.

For new nurses, the recession has made it almost impossible to find jobs. While college graduates in many fields have faced these difficulties for years, nurses traditionally have walked out of school and into a job with no problem.

So what can nurses do to make themselves more employable?

Will You Make a Good Employee?

Look at past employment history and be sure there’s nothing there that could harm your chances such as being fired for something considered unethical or for insubordination. Be wary of poor attendance and tardiness, which are issues that nurse managers are going to look at carefully at since nurses need to be punctual and dependable.

Next, take a look at your credit rating. A poor credit rating can affect your chances for being hired in almost any job today. It can give the impression that you’re a risky employee, and that you have difficulty managing your personal affairs. Employers may assume that this will spill over into your work habits. Nurses are consistently thought of as highly ethical professionals according to a 2009 Gallup Poll, and are expected to live up to this standard. The Federal Trade Commission has this list of tips for safely cleaning up your credit rating.

Other risky employment factors include legal problems such as a history of substance abuse. If you have any of these issues, there is, you need to address them and/or clean them up.


Face-to-face networking with friends, relatives and acquaintances can work very well. How else would you find someone in an exclusive specialty at your dream hospital? Asking others for help in finding a job is one of the most effective ways to find employment in any field. Remember, it’s not always what you know, but who you know. Your best friend’s sister’s cousin’s boyfriend may be just the person you need to talk to.

Networking isn’t just about making new connections, but maintaining your current ones. As vast as the health care community is, it’s also very close knit. Never burn your bridges.

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