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Do you have any advice on how to find nursing jobs after graduating and passing boards?

Wednesday January 2, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I am a nurse’s aide and have been working at a hospice for almost eight years. I have been thinking about upgrading my career. I am very nervous about returning to school and worried about the economy. Do you have any advice on how to find nursing jobs after graduating and passing boards?

Nervous Returning to School

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Nervous Returning to School,

The current nursing job market is tight and it is less because of the economy and more because of demographics (people staying longer in the workforce) and care shifting out of the hospital and into other areas of healthcare. That will all be changing over the next five years. More and more nurses will be needed and new opportunities are being created. So by the time you finish your nursing education, the nursing employment landscape will be different than it is today.

Two articles for you to read are “New nurse, new job strategies (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies) and “Success strategies for students” http://news.nurse.com/article/20120411/STUDENT/304110009. Also check out “Master the scholarship game” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/ScholarshipGame).

I would advise you to pursue an RN/BSN program now. The job market has become permanently competitive and the bar has been raised for nurses in an increasingly complex healthcare environment. Without a BSN, your chances of getting hired are greatly reduced. It's normal to be nervous about returning to school, but it is a good thing to do for many reasons. Onward and upward.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.