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If there is one bright light amidst the darkness of the recession and its job layoffs, it is finding registered nurse (RN) jobs in the country. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expect RN jobs to mushroom with 581,500 new jobs from 2008 to 2018, which represents an increase of 22 percent in RN employment. Such an impressive growth rate is attributed to the aging population of Baby Boomers and their special needs for healthcare as well as to the development of new technologies that permit more diseases to be diagnosed and, hence, more patients to be treated.

Still, the number of new jobs will differ from one sector in the industry to the next for many reasons. For one thing, more and more disorders can be treated on an outpatient basis, thus, resulting in the slowest growth in public and private hospital employment for registered nurses at just 17 percent growth. For another thing, more physicians are offering private practices with registered nurses expected to find a higher rate of employment at 48 percent growth in said clinics.

So, what is the significance of these statistics to a newly-licensed registered nurse in finding jobs within the healthcare industry? The answer is simple - its knowledge can significantly lessen the time spent on applying in sectors of the healthcare industry where little growth is expected. Or at the very least, you will be able to choose the career path best suited for you depending on the work setting desired.



In relation to the abovementioned tip on narrowing down the field of looking for RN jobs, the following steps are also highly recommended. Keep in mind during your search that RN employment is highly competitive. Thus, it is imperative that an applicant is ready with the right qualifications in terms of education, training and experience, if any; the right approach and answers during job interviews; and the right attitude towards the profession.

Visit Healthcare Facilities

The most logical and often the first step in looking for jobs as registered nurse is to visit the human resource departments of healthcare facilities like hospitals, nursing homes and physicians' clinics. Be ready with your resume and come in office attire. You never know if and when an impromptu interview and on-the-spot hiring will happen. If not, ask for your resume to be on file in case job openings do become available.

Align with a Nursing Job Recruitment Agency

The main advantage of aligning yourself with a recruitment agency is that your resume becomes available to many prospective employers especially those with unadvertised openings. Just submit one excellent resume and the recruitment agency does the work of shopping it around. In many ways, you have an agent working for your interests.

Use the Internet

Many job sites are available in the Internet. Just enter the right search words and major boards will pop up on the screen. The trick is in making sure that these job sites are legitimate in the sense that the prospective employers are indeed aligned with said sites and, hence, the RN jobs are also available.

Accept Temporary Training Positions

One of the graver mistakes in searching for RN employment is to reject temporary training positions in the belief that these are non-essential to make a successful career in nursing. On the contrary, these jobs allow the individual to get one foot into the door of the nursing profession, so to speak. Plus, there are instances when a nurse with only an associate degree in nursing but with extensive actual experience and training will beat out the one with a bachelor's degree but with significantly less experience.

Tap Into Databases

Your alma mater may maintain a database of all healthcare facilities in and outside the area. Said database is a wealth of information on the many job prospects for a registered nurse of your caliber. At least, you will know what facilities have possible job openings instead of cold-calling all the possible employers, which may be a waste of time on your part.

Use Your Network

Tapping into your personal and professional network is an effective way to look for nursing jobs. In the course of your schooling and training, you should have come across many people who can and will provide assistance in your job search. Even informing friends and family about your quest for RN employment can point you in the right direction.

Ultimately, RN jobs will be available if you search for them and you have the necessary qualifications to carry them out.
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