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Looking for a Nursing Job

Completing either a four-year degree nursing education or a two-year nursing course is definitely a tough undertaking for a nursing  student. And the better way, perhaps, to pay off these hard-years of nursing education is to practice the profession in a medical facility where the nurse can work comfortably and with contentment.

After taking hold of the nursing license, the next step a nurse would do is to look for a nursing job. And in looking for a job, a nurse may consider the name and reputation of the medical facility he or she is eyeing, the location and bed capacity of the institution.

A nurse may request his or her potential employer such information as nurse-to-patient ratio; the length of each shift; the schedules of duty and support staff available to assist nurses.

More in-depth information may also be requested like if nurses are welcome to give suggestions on policy development and operational management in relation to safety and quality of care; number of nurse specialists or educators who can provide support to staff nurses; job description of nurses who have supervisory ranks; if nurses are equally represented in the different committees of the medical facility; or if nurses are the ones who decide on any issues related to the nursing practice and delivery of care.

Nurses may opt to pursue higher education and while still looking for a job, an applicant may ask a potential employer if they provide grants for continuing nursing education or other resources available for the professional development of their employees such as internships or mentorships.

Every institution should include in its goal the continuing education of its staff to keep updated with the current trends so the potential employer a nurse is applying for should have plans and programs related to this purpose.

An applicant may also ask about the teamwork of nurses, if they are working toward a common goal since competition may be present among some of the nurses, especially those who are eyeing for promotions, which may affect the quality of nursing care. In relation to it, an applicant may inquire on the way the quality of patient care and safety is reviewed and who is involved in the review.

And since clinical practice is itself a continuing learning experience, an applicant may also inquire from a potential employer if nurses in their medical facility can access the Web and be given results of researches conducted in relation to health care and clinical nursing which they can apply in the actual setting, or other support for up-to-date clinical care technology.

After learning these important details, a nurse may submit his or her application letter to the potential employer, including his or her credentials.

Once called for an interview, a nurse should exercise calmness so he or she could answer the questions easily and smoothly.

Job interviews can be sometimes nerve-wreaking, especially for those who are not prepared and are first-timers.

But the best thing to remember before an interview is to know the job you are applying, or else you would lose that great chance of getting employed.

Towards the end of the interview, the employer may give you time to ask questions so you may ask about your work and the people you might be working with. Refrain from asking about the salary or other benefits unless the employer has hired you.

Once accepted, a nurse should do his or her best to provide quality health care and aim for patient satisfaction.