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What’s happening in the Job Market? : 

What’s happening in the Job Market?

Statistics : 

Over the next 20 years, the demand for RN’s will increase by 40%. By 2010, a large number of nurses will begin to retire (including the baby boomer generation). The average age of the RN in the U.S. was 46 years in 2004 (latest statistic available). Statistics

Statistics : 

Statistics There will continue to be a substantial increase in the number older patients. The transformation of the nursing workforce will be dramatic as the aging nurses retire or change their work patterns to accommodate their own lifestyle.

Self-Assessment : 

Self-Assessment Clinical Interests Likes & Dislikes Personal Needs & Interests Career Goals

Clinical Interests : 

Clinical Interests Jot down possible settings where you could pursue your areas of clinical interest High-paced environment Specialty areas General medicine

Clinical Interests : 

Clinical Interests Prioritize areas of clinical interests Emergency Department Pediatrics Med/Surge Community Gerontology

Clinical Interests : 

Clinical Interests Be fair to yourself & realize that you may not find your “calling” in your first nursing position. If you find you do not like the area you are in, explore other available options. The more areas you work in, the better your knowledge base will be as you build your career.

Clinical Interests : 

Clinical Interests Narrow your interests list By priority Compare salaries (when possible) Job requirements Skills required Experience required

Likes & Dislikes : 

Likes & Dislikes Do you enjoy patient interaction, or do you like using your technical skills? Do you like caring for one ore two patients that are in critical condition? How do you learn best? On the Job? In a highly structured environment? Are you in need of more direction and supervision or do you feel comfortable working more independently?

Likes & Dislikes : 

Likes & Dislikes What do you need in a job to make you happy? Do you like a more relaxed approach to clinical problems or can you make decisions rapidly? Are you a day or night person? Do you like to work longer shifts (12hrs vs. 8hrs)? Do you like rotating shifts? Will this comply with your lifestyle (family)?

Personal Needs & Interests : 

Personal Needs & Interests Priorities (family, work, school, etc.) Relocation Commute distance & time to travel Training time preferred Benefits (family vs. individual) Salary Range Overtime Nights/Weekends

Career Goals : 

Career Goals Short-term goals Competent & proficient in skills, decision making, prioritizing and organizing Long-term goals Higher education and career advancement (leadership position) Your goals will help to shape your career and professional future. Think of where you want to be in 5 years and let your goals guide you there.

Employment Opportunities : 

Employment Opportunities Identifying Magnet Hospitals (if interested) Understand Entry-level positions: Usually staff nurses 1 yr. Med-Surg is required first for some facilities The largest employers: Hospitals Acute Care Facilities Advanced Degrees allow for more job opportunities

Researching Prospective Employers : 

Researching Prospective Employers Media Newspapers & Online Searches Possible job fairs, internships, specialized orientations, & specific openings for graduate nurses Provides you w/ contact information Local & distant job opportunities Electronic applications & resumes should be ready to submit online, by mail, or in person ( whichever is required)

Researching Prospective Employers : 

Researching Prospective Employers Job Fairs/Open Houses Collect information about specific employers Make initial contacts for later interviews Interviews onsite: dress to impress, provide resume, and be prepared w/ some basic facts about their facility Employee Contacts (Friend, family, acquaintance) Knowing someone who works at the institution that you are considering can provide you with a perspective about the employer Find out turnover rate, employee morale, etc.

Researching Prospective Employers : 

Researching Prospective Employers Personnel/Recruitment Contacts Letter-Writing Campaign Send a resume w/ cover letter Telephone Contact Be prepared to answer ?’s Know dates that are good for you to interview on Request a brochure & application Personal Contact Collect brochure & application Submit a resume Dress To Impress

Assessing the Organization : 

Assessing the Organization Talk to People in the Organization Think of questions and situations that you want to present when you talk to people in various facilities Find out if & how the facility values their patients & employees Compare likes and dislikes of a facility to your clinical rotation experience

Assessing the Organization : 

Assessing the Organization Read & Analyze the Recruitment Materials Helps to determine the values of the organization Provides you with what the organization wants you to know (what they find important) Read the Mission or Philosophy Statement Specific units may provide their own separately Reveals the structure of how nursing care is delivered

Assessing the Organization : 

Assessing the Organization Evaluate the Reputation of the Leadership Gather information about the chief executive officer by the website and/or directly asking about him or her during the interview Check w/ the community; they can usually provide you with characteristics and values that he or she represents Talk w/ nurses directly about the chief nursing officer

Assessing the Organization : 

Assessing the Organization Determine if a Nursing Theory or Philosophy is Used The framework of the organization will provide you with information on the goals & objectives of the nursing department Decide whether you agree with the organization’s direction or philosophy

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