The ins and outs to finding your first nursing job

Stories - Carla Money BagGraduating nursing school and passing boards are not the end of the story.

If you want to work as a nurse, you’re going to have to go through the job hunting process.

Although nursing jobs are expected to grow in coming years, this may not be as easy a task as it sounds.

Any job hunt in this economy is sure to be stressful and long.

However, you can work through the roadblocks and decide where in your community that you will have the best chance of fitting in.

You have to consider a wide range of possibilities, and these are only a few of the most important for you to think about.


If you are lucky, you live in a great big metropolitan area that has a plethora of jobs, facilities, and opportunities.

Not everyone is so lucky, though, and your location can play a big part in what sort of job you get out of high school.

Not everyone is able to move with ease, but if you are, you may have an easier time finding a job.

Nurses are in demand, it is true, but they aren’t in demand everywhere.

Larger cities are more likely to need people and more populous states are another good place to look.

Moving to a different area isn’t for everyone, though, and you will have to weigh that against your job hunting strategy.

You have to decide if you are willing to take what your location can offer you or if you want to move to a location that has a good deal of opportunities.

If you are young and unattached, it may be easier to move across the country to get the job of your dreams.


Another consideration is the amount of competition you are going to face in your area. For instance, Erie, PA has four colleges that offer RN programs and only two hospitals.

This means that the RNs they churn out every year are all competing for the same jobs in a relatively small town.

Although there are a handful of nursing homes in the area, not everyone wants to start their career in that field of nursing.

You have to stand out from your competition by working as a CNA through school, volunteering, and working on your resume.

Job hunting in a small college town will be more difficult than in a larger town with fewer schools.

Again, this is another sign that you may need to relocate.

Many nursing jobs are available around the country, but there may not be one where you are located if the circumstances aren’t right.

Making Contact

Ideally, you won’t need to make contact with your target facility because you are already working for them.

If you can work as a CNA in the hospital of your choice, you will have in house references, a record of attendance, and a much better chance of getting in.

However, if you are not in this ideal situation, you have to make sure you make yourself noticeable to human resources managers.

This means using the internet to create and polish a great nursing resume.

It also means taking what you can. Spread your net as far as you are willing to go and get in contact with the people who are hiring in those facilities.

When you interview, you want to make sure that you stand out for your positivity, your confidence, and your professionalism.

You will stand out from the crowd and hopefully get your first nursing job if you keep these three ideas in mind in all of your contact with a facility.

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