Registered Nurses (RN) comprise one of the largest segments of the U.S. workforce as a whole and is projected to grow by 5% from 2021-2031. Almost 55% of RNs work in general medical and surgical hospitals, yet, many are employed in a wide range of other settings, including private practices, public health agencies, primary care clinics, home health care, outpatient surgical centers, health maintenance organizations, nursing school-operated nursing centers, insurance and managed care companies, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military, and industry.
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 trade magazines, newsletters, and popular websites in your industry area. Places to start include Nurse.com’s blog, Nursing Times and MedPage Today. NurseZone Online Magazine gives tips to college students and new graduates. Sign up for the American Nursing Association’s blog to receive nursing resources and nurse career support.
- To learn more about nursing specialties, visit Johnson & Johnson’s nursing page (96 specialties to explore and 200-plus videos of nurse profiles) and Top Nursing’s page on careers and specialties.
- Vault Guides (create a free account with your Georgetown email) have comprehensive information on a variety of careers, including Nursing Jobs, Healthcare Provider Jobs, and Alternative Health Care Jobs.
- Check out this YouTube playlist with recordings from Georgetown nursing alumni sharing insights into their nursing specialties as well as nurse recruiters sharing job search tips.
- To choose a master’s program, review AACN’s Directory of Nursing Education Programs and get program rankings from U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of best master’s programs in nursing.
- Jobs in Demand: 12 Fastest Growing Specialties, 31 Best Specialty Career Choices for Nurses, 15 Highest Paying Nursing Jobs in 2023.
- This guide provides information on scholarships and grants to help support your college years, academic and career resources, and online communities to network.
Attend industry events — on and off-campus — and connect with popular professional organizations regionally and nationally. There are numerous professional associations in the nursing field. See this full list of professional associations by specialty, state, and country.
The most relevant associations include:
- American Nursing Association
- National Council on State Boards of Nursing (licensure information)
- Nurse Practitioner Association of D.C.
Professional associations host a variety of professional development, educational and networking events.
Joining groups on LinkedIn related to your industry is a great way to meet new people, find mentors, contacts, and ask questions. Also, reach out to alumni through Hoya Gateway and Georgetown’s alumni page on LinkedIn. Our website provides helpful guidelines on networking and informational interviewing.
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. Nursing-related clubs and councils include the Georgetown chapter of the National Student Nurses’ Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Tau Chapter), and other School of Nursing student organizations. Gain hands-on experience on campus with the Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service (GERMS) or the Center for Social Justice’s Hypothermia/Hyperthermia Outreach Team. Give back to the D.C. and campus communities by volunteering with groups such as Project Sunshine Georgetown, Caring for Children with Cancer, Oncology Patient Support, and St. Elizabeth’s Outreach.
Travel outside the U.S. with GlobeMed or in the D.C. area with Center for Social Justice Alternative breaks (such as Health & Society) and GU Students for Health and Medical Equity (GUSHME) to serve communities that lack adequate access to healthcare and more. For more student club information, visit Campus Groups.
Increase your research skills by joining a lab around campus. The Center for Research and Fellowships offers Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (GUROP). Take the opportunity to participate in research and get published in the peer-reviewed Georgetown University Journal of Health Sciences 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 externships, fellowships, and entry-level positions in the nursing industry. For those seeking nursing careers, an excellent resource to begin with is a comprehensive guide that includes resume and cover letter examples, as well as tips on crafting an outstanding resume specifically tailored for new nursing graduates. See our resume section and cover letter tips for more tips and advice.
To find job listings beyond our campus recruiting platform, Handshake, visit Liquid Compass, Health eCareers Network, and Vivian. For nursing interview tips, read 31 Sample Nursing Interview Questions & Answer Guide, Top 20+ Nursing Interview Questions, Answers and Tips, and Top 20 Nursing Interview Questions (Sample Answers Included).Here are questions to ask during interviews to help you find the right practice environment. Take note of the best and worst states to work. Lastly, download this comprehensive nurse salary report to ensure you get the salary you deserve.