Registered Nurse Employment: How to Get Ahead in 2019 and Beyond

Dec 11

We know that as a registered nurse, the search for your perfect position in healthcare can take time and effort. Locating a position that fits your schedule and is in an ideal location can feel a bit like hunting for a needle in a haystack. However, with the right information, you can find the perfect nursing job for you. Let’s explore how you can get ahead in 2019 when it comes to your registered nurse employment opportunities.

Target Your Job Search

Looking for your dream job? Getting ahead of the competition begins with your job search. Online job searches provide many opportunities, but there are thousands of different jobs with many locations. Consider the ways employers can find you. Narrow your registered nurse employment search with laser beam precision using targeted tips.

  • Streamline your search on job boards by using filtering to search for your specialty.
  • Create a sparkling LinkedIn profile to attract potential employers.
  • Check boards designated for healthcare workers. For example, nurse.com, nurse recruiter, nursingjobs.com, and the Relode job board.
  • Apply at peak times. The best time to send your application is between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays are the best days of the week.
  • Tailor your resume by highlighting your relevant qualifications.
  • Polish your resume by listing accomplishments, organizing credentials, and using bullet points.
  • Spell check everything! Nothing screams unprofessional like typos and misspelled words. Be sure to recheck applications, messages, and resumes.

Prepare for Your Interview

Your hard work has paid off and your application process landed you an interview. Congratulations! Prepare to wow your potential employer with all the right moves by learning everything you can about the interview process to make a professional first impression.

Key tips include:

  • Dress professionally. Even if your intended position calls for casual dress, proper attire shows the interviewer you believe the position is important.
  • Ask questions. Showing your curiosity about your potential duties lets prospective employers know you care about all of the conditions of your job.
  • Do your homework. You have the opportunity to learn what is expected of you. Get the answers to the interview questions you might be asked.

Make an Impact

Have a job but want to take it up a notch? Your healthcare job is not only about the work you perform, it’s also about setting an example. Perhaps you love nursing, but the workplace environment is a nightmare. You might not be a boss or a team leader, but you can have a positive impact on the culture within your company.

  • Set an example. You might be surprised to learn you aren't the only one seeking change, and others will likely follow in your footsteps.
  • Share ideas. If you see ways to make a positive change within your workplace, mention it to the boss privately.
  • Don't become a part of the problem. If you dislike hearing office gossip, make it a point not to talk negatively about your coworkers.

Avoid Nurse Burnout

Burnout in the nursing profession is common, after all you are performing a complex job and may work long hours.

Know the common symptoms to watch out for, including:

  • Exhaustion
  • Detachment
  • Lack of motivation
  • Poor decisions
  • Decreased career satisfaction

Long shifts, poor work environment, and high-stress positions are often the cause of such high levels of burnout in the healthcare industry. Avoid nurse burnout with some techniques to keep your work life healthy.

  • Get your priorities straight. Burnout often begins when work takes over, forcing you to make decisions that impact your family. Practice self-care, take time for yourself when you need to.
  • Find ways to make changes. Consider the top reason for your work frustration. Whether it is a scheduling problem or work overload, brainstorm small solutions to enact change.
  • Consider new opportunities. If you have tried many different strategies at your current job but are still dissatisfied, it may be time to consider searching for other registered nurse employment opportunities that will prove a better fit.

Concluding Thoughts

Whether you are ready to jump into your first nursing job or looking for ways to expand your career, practicing professional behavior will help you succeed. Take advantage of the many nursing job opportunities in 2019, streamline your search, and get a head start on landing the job you have been dreaming of — you deserve a successful and happy career.

We'd love to help you find your next opportunity! Browse open jobs here and see how easy it is to find something you'll love.

Molly Powers

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