Nursing Industry Resources
“Most health care services involve some form of care by nurses. Although 62.2 percent of all employed RNs work in hospitals, many are employed in a wide range of other settings, including private practices, public health agencies, primary care clinics, home health care, outpatient surgicenters, health maintenance organizations, nursing school-operated nursing centers, insurance and managed care companies, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military, and industry. Other nurses work in careers as college and university educators preparing future nurses or as scientists developing advances in many areas of health care and health promotion. Though often working collaboratively, nurses do not simply “assist” physicians and other health care providers. Instead, they practice independently within their own defined scope of practice. Nursing roles range from direct patient care to case management, establishing nursing practice standards, developing quality assurance procedures, and directing complex nursing care systems.” Read more about choosing a nursing career, including the changing job market (an expected shortage for the next 10+ years, BSN and BS nursing degree titles, and more on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website.
Read trade magazines, newsletters, and popular websites in your industry area. Places to start include Nurse.com’s blog, NurseZone Online Magazine, Kaiser Health News, and Science Daily. Join relevant listservs; follow industry insiders on social media, and research the types of positions that are available in those fields. Vault, available to Georgetown students for free through the career center’s website, is a good place to start your search. Company websites, O*NET, and the Occupational Outlook Handbook are equally helpful resources. You must show not only an interest, but also knowledge about the industry.
To learn more about careers in nursing, check out Occupational Outlook Handbook description for registered nurses, Johnson & Johnson (list of 104 specialties to explore and 200+ videos of nurse profiles), Your Nursing Career: A Look at the Facts, Nursesource.org, and Career Cornerstone Center.
To choose a master’s programs, review the Directory of Nursing Education Programs and get program rankings from the U.S. News & World Report of Best Nursing Master’s Programs
Attend employer information sessions, industry events – on and off-campus, and connect with popular professional organizations regionally and nationally. There are numerous professional associations within the nursing field. Nurse.org provides a full list of professional associations by specialty, state, and country. Most relevant associations include professional associations host a variety of professional development, educational, and networking events. If the cost of membership is prohibitive, contact leadership and ask if there are sliding scale prices for students. Volunteering for a conference, educational, or social event is another great way to connect with leaders in the industry. National Student Nurses Association, Nurse Practitioner Association of D.C., American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, American Society of Registered Nurses, American Nursing Association, National League For Nursing, and National Council on State Boards of Nursing (licensure information).
Develop a LinkedIn profile that communicates your personal and professional brand. Joining groups related to your industry is a great way to meet new people, find mentors, contacts, and ask questions. Reach out to alumni through Hoya Gateway, Georgetown’s alumni page on LinkedIn, and Georgetown’s Alumni Career Network. Our site provides helpful guidelines on networking and building your LinkedIn profile.
Making Connections at Georgetown
Georgetown offers a number of opportunities for Hoyas to get involved. Joining a school club is an excellent way to learn more about the industry, develop your skills, and get hands-on experience. Some nursing-related clubs and councils include National Student Nurses’ Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Tau Chapter), and the NHS Academic Council. Gain hands-on experience on campus with the Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service (GERMS) or the Hypothermia Outreach team (within Center for Social Justice). Give back to the D.C. and campus community by volunteering with groups, such as ,
Travel outside of the U.S. with GlobeMed or Center for Social Justice Alternative breaks (such as JUHAN Oaxaca) or in the D.C. area with GU Students for Health and Medical Equity to serve communities that lack adequate access to healthcare and more. Participate in research and get published in the peer-reviewed Georgetown University Journal of Health Sciences or present at the Undergraduate Research Conference. On and off-campus jobs are another excellent way to build skills valued by employers.
To better understand what skills you need to highlight on your resume, check out internships, fellowships, and entry level positions in the nursing industry. Kyle Schmidt shares resume advice from healthcare recruiters in this article. Also, check out 3 Ways to Make Your NP Resume Shine and Top 5 NP Resume Writing Mistakes (which includes a sample). Your resume should be one page. Use strong action verbs and focus on your skills and accomplishments to show (not just tell) an employer that you have the required abilities. Be concise. See our resume section for more tips and advice. Be energetic, intelligent and aware when writing cover letters. Use specific examples to demonstrate your skills and abilities. The purpose of a cover letter is to convince someone to interview you. For more on cover letters, see our cover letter tips.
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For listings beyond our campus recruiting platform, Handshake,
visit liquid compass, Health eCareers Network, NurseRecruiter, Nursezone (travel nursing jobs and by specialty), enpnetwork, and nurseresidencies.com. Career fair days are a great way to meet with regional and national recruiters.
For nursing interview tips, read New Grad Interviewing Tips, 15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Responses), and 31 Sample Nursing Interview Questions & Answer Guide. For tips on negotiating contract positions for nurse practitioners, read this guide developed by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Use the Health eCareers Salary Center to look up nursing salaries by state and specialty and obtain average salary based on experience. Take note of the best and worst states to work in 2018.
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