Be In Demand: Nursing Job Market Benefits
There is no doubt that completing one of the many nursing programs, gaining certification/licensure as a nurse, and entering the nursing job market has many benefits. Individuals who enter this field gain the opportunity to find positions in which they can help people get well and contribute to the overall well-being of society. As is well known, nurse jobs are also generally abundant both in good economic times and in bad ones. This reality will no doubt continue long into the future, as the population continues to age and medical science continues to advance. Nurses play a critical role in treating this population and in implementing such medical technology in a clinical setting, so there is great need for those who have completed a nursing education to serve the public as nurses.
Still, the fact that people are aware of the great need for nurses means that an increasing number of people are enrolling in traditional or online nursing programs and entering the nurse workforce. Although the number of nursing positions that need to be fulfilled remains generally abundant, there is more competition from those who have completed online LPN programs, online RN programs, or traditional campus-based programs. Therefore, nursing applicants, no matter the LPN program or RN program that they have completed, must understand how to set themselves apart if they want to get the nursing job in the hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office of their choice. These tips should help graduates of nursing schools take full advantage of the job market benefits for nurses by landing the ideal nursing position.
First of all, nursing students and applicants should understand that they may have to work their way into their dream nursing position. That is to say, many supervisors will not even consider potential applicants for certain nurse jobs unless they have many years of experience. Supervisory positions, for example, almost never go to applicants unless they have spent many years working in departments similar to the one over which they want to serve in leadership. Being content with working nurse jobs that are not positions of authority and doing a good job in these positions while putting one’s nursing education into practice is key to gaining the experience necessary in landing that ideal nursing career path in the future.
Taking Advantage of the Job Market
Taking advantage of the job market benefits for nursing also requires close attention to the resume. The resume should list pertinent job experience and education, as that is what human resource departments and supervisors consider as they look to fill nursing positions. It is helpful for information to be brief and to the point, as that will not force hiring officials to spend too much time sifting through information to find what they are really looking for — information as to whether the applicant has the necessary experience and nursing education to fulfill the job. Resumes that are too dense and have too much data do not encourage those who must fill these jobs to read on. Such individuals may just pass over applicants with dense, unfocused information in their resumes in favor of those whose resumes concentrate on information about their education through an LPN program or RN program as well as work experience.
In crafting a resume that encourages the reader to take notice of the applicant, many experts recommend listing information in reverse chronological order. Work experience should be the first thing listed, and the nursing occupations that the applicant has held should start the most recent job in first place. Then, previous jobs in descending chronological order should be listed after that. (For example, list the current job first, then the nursing job held just before the current job, and so forth). Following the work experience, the applicant should list their nursing education in the same manner. Any pertinent volunteer experience should then be added. Such information might include volunteer nursing work at group events and similar examples.
When writing a nursing resume, it is also essential that the applicant be completely honest about their education and experience. Describe past nursing occupations and nursing schools honestly. Note whether or not education has come in the form of a traditional nursing program or online LPN programs or online RN programs. Moreover, do not make past nursing jobs sound more exciting than they actually were and be honest about the years working for any employer. Describe responsibilities accurately and concisely and do not forget to add any extra continuing education courses that were finished after completing an LPN program or RN program if such credits are especially pertinent to the job that one is seeking.
Finally, excellent references are essential for securing the ideal nursing career. Those who are currently pursuing their nursing education through one of the many online LPN programs, online RN programs, or traditional nursing programs should cultivate relationships with faculty members and seek to develop close bonds with mentors and with supervisors as they earn their clinic hours. Do not just get the job done but look to learn from those who are helping to prepare one for future service as a nurse. All this will help nursing students to have sources of quality recommendations as they apply for nurse jobs once they graduate and long into the future. Those who have already begun their nursing career can work to set themselves apart from their co-workers by maintaining an excellent attitude and work ethic. Such an approach will all but guarantee that supervisors will go above and beyond when they are asked to write a letter of recommendation for the nursing student or provide a reference that will secure for the student the job of their choice.
These are the main things to keep in mind for taking full advantage of the job market benefits of nursing. Applicants who keep them in mind should have a leg up on the competition for the jobs they are seeking. Further information on getting the ideal nursing job, potential nursing positions, and so forth, is available through the following resources:
- Building, Managing, and Advancing Your Nursing Career
- Complete Guide to Resume Writing for Nursing Students and Alumni (PDF)
- Nursing License Map
- Registered Nurses Career Outlook
- Improved Nursing Job Satisfaction