By ANA Career Center Staff – September 2014
You’ve probably heard a lot about the nursing shortage. But if you’re a recent graduate, you may be wondering, if there’s a shortage, why does it take so long for entry-level nurses to get hired?
Hiring managers told CareerBuilder that the gap reflects the difference between the skills entry-level nurses possess and the specialized training many employers need. The study also found applicants often lack proper training, strong communication skills and realistic salary requirements.
If you’re finding yourself frustrated in your job search, consider these four things recruiters are looking for in nursing job candidates.
One way to stand out from the crowd of new grads is to highlight on your resume any in-demand skills that you may have. Shawnee Major, an account executive at Fortus Healthcare Resources, says some of the special skills in high demand include:
- The ability to use specialized equipment, such as dialysis machines.
- Computer skills, including EMR skills.
- Quality assurance knowledge.
- Critical thinking.
If you held any internships while getting your nursing degree, mention those as well, says Sharon Roth Maguire MS, RN, GNP-BC, who is Chief Clinical Quality Officer at Brightstar Care. “Internships of significance — more than just a ‘clinical rotation’ — during their education experience can help demonstrate that they have had practical experience,” she says. “Working as a nursing/personal care assistant during summer or semester breaks is also helpful.”