After hours of clinicals and exams you thought were going to be impossible to pass, you finally have your nursing degree and are ready for the fun part: employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses can expect employment to grow faster than average with a projected 581,500 new jobs. While it is no secret that nurses are in high demand, when it comes to getting a job, you have to find the right one for you.
No one is going to knock on your door and offer you the perfect nursing job to gain the experience you need, so it is up to you to find it. Do a little research on the hospitals, doctor's offices, medical centers, health clinics, and private practices in your area. Make a list of the ones that you think would be the best educational, environmental, and personal fit for you and contact their recruiting departments. Either on the phone or in person, ask if there are any current vacancies or if there will be in the near future. If anything, you should be able to leave your resume with them for future reference in the case that a position does open up.
Many employment agencies specialize in placing people in different industries, and lucky for you, health care is one of them. Search for agencies that are specifically looking to fill positions in health-related fields, or even more specifically, provide nurse staffing services. Contact them and ask to speak to a recruiter who can give you inside information on jobs that are not advertised publically. Most of these recruiters will try to sell your resume to employers who have available openings that they believe you are best suited for. This can save you a lot of trouble since you won't have to spend a lot of time filling out dozens of applications and waiting by the phone for a call back.
One of the best ways to learn about an open position is simply by finding a help wanted ad. Thankfully, these days you don't have to walk up and down the streets looking for a sign in the window, you just need to have an internet connection. Popular job board Web sites like Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com only require you to conduct a search in order to find hundreds of open positions. To narrow your results, and ensure you only apply to jobs you are qualified for, you can narrow your search by location, job category, degree, and experience level.