How to land your first nursing job

Episode 16: How To Land Your First Nursing Job

July 19, 2019


Today we will talk about how to land your first nursing job out of nursing school and we will tell you some interesting facts on donating blood.

Why Donate Blood

The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation. A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days. A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 7 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year.

1 donation can save 3 lives.

Every 2 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion in the US.

Less than 38% of the population can donate blood

Benefits of Donating Blood

  1. Free blood analysis: You get to know your blood type and get tested for any blood-based diseases. 
  2. Decreases iron stores: Some of us may suffer from hemochromatosis where there is too much iron in our body. It can be toxic to organs and can increase the risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, and certain cancers. 
  3. Burns Calories: for 1 pint of blood you burn 650 calories.
  4. Feels good: You have a sense of accomplishment in knowing that your blood will save lives.


Landing Your First Nursing Job

Getting your RN license is a great achievement. You have been going to school for 4+ years and it’s finally paid off. You got that degree and you have that pretty nice bordered piece of paper. You think you have it all, but don't get too ahead of yourself, the job search starts now. It can be difficult finding a job and even figuring out where to start.

It may be a little overwhelming at first since there are so many career options, but you’ll work through it. Relax it’s your first RN job.

Tips for landing your 1st nursing job

  • What type of nursing? Finding the right nursing job for you.
    • You might have a general idea on what type of nursing you want to go into. As you look at the openings between facilities you may start getting interested in other specialties. There are so many options for you to choose from regarding specialties. 
  • Do you want to dive in a specific field or are you just trying to land a job? 
    • Sometimes ICU positions recommend or require a certain amount of experience before they will look at your application. If that is your situation then don't be too picky and just do the required time.
  • Questions to ask yourself
      • Do you want to work in the hospital? 
      • Do you like critical thinking?
      • Do you get joy from talking to a patient and learning about their life?
      • What patient population do you prefer? Children vs elderly vs adult.
      • Do you not want to be tied down to a set location? Travel nursing might be for you.
    • Here is a list of places with nursing opportunities:
      • Area hospitals
      • Clinics
      • Nursing homes, residential care providers, or rehabilitation centers
      • Health insurance providers
      • Travel nursing agencies
      • Home health care agencies
      • Local government agencies
  • How to get past the lack of experience
    • Many of the job postings you’ll see are going to say 2 years experience preferred or required. Apply to them anyways.
    • If you liked your clinical environment apply to those units, people already know you there. 
    • Certain facilities and schools have job fairs attend those, you might be surprised at what opportunities you’ll find.
    • Does your school offer any kind of job shadowing programs or internships? 
    • Remember you’re a new grad nurse, these facilities know that. I have not met a nurse that was unsuccessful in finding a job within a 6 month period. 
    • The lack of nursing experience is going to hold you back from becoming a travel nurse. If you are really looking into traveling then try to land a job as soon as possible and just work through it until you have the required amount of experience based on the travel agency.
  • Resume and interview
    • Standard application process
    • It’s time to whip out that old resume or create one. Some universities have a resume building course or it might be part of one of your classes before graduation. 
    • Dress professionally act professionally
    • Prepping for an interview. Some questions you may hear.
      • Tell me about yourself.
      • What are your 5 year and 10-year plan?
      • What made you want to become a nurse?
      • How would you handle a family who is displeased with your patient's care?
      • How would you handle a noncooperative patient? 
      • Discuss your biggest strengths and weakness.
      • Recall a time in clinical where you showed leadership or took charge of a situation.
      • Recall a time where you advocated for a patient.
  • Things to consider
    • Pay
    • Shift
    • Unit 
    • Logistics

Remember any first job is a good job



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