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Why RN's Should Pursue a Bachelor's Degree
By: CareerCast.com
Job opportunities are strong nationally for registered nurses who only hold an associate’s degree. So why does it make sense for many nurses to return to school, and for aspiring nurses to stay in school until they earn a bachelor's degree? Many reasons, with money at the top of the list. A BSN program is more in-depth than any other registered nursing training curricula, and can include courses on theory, as well as such business issues as human resources and office management. Having the degree translates into a $5,000 increase in your median salary, according to a report conducted by ... more
Opportunities Available For Travel Nurses
By: CareerCast.com
The adventure of travel nursing sounds exciting, but nurses who are considering this career option should weigh the pros against the cons. For example, travel agencies may not offer sick time or vacation pay benefits, and nurses can be financially penalized if they don't complete a 40-hour work week. In addition, travel nurses are usually expected to stay to complete a patient assignment that takes longer than anticipated, just like the permanent staff. Taking call, working weekends or being assigned to different shifts may also be a part of the job, but for some travel assignments, such as those at ... more
Workplace Independence Helps Nurses Thrive
By: CareerCast.com
Patients fare better when nurse practitioners are able to exercise the full extent of their skills, according to a new report. The study, published in Nursing Outlook, revealed a “significant relationship” between the full practice of nurse practitioners and decreased hospitalization rates for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. University of Missouri (MU) researchers say the study supports assertions that advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can help relieve the shortage of healthcare workers and provide much-needed care to underserved populations. “APRNs have graduate-level educations; when you get APRNs into nursing homes, they help improve the overall quality of care because they have ... more
How to Survive a Nursing Interview
By: CareerCast.com
Forget hectic hospitals and crazy hours. The job interview might be the scariest process you’ll ever experience as a nurse. You're trying to sell yourself for a position that you want, and you have to put your best foot forward while not knowing what the employer is seeking exactly. Being nervous is expected, but you can do yourself a favor by doing a little prep work beforehand. Preparation is key to calming your nerves and boosting your confidence. Here's how you can get started: Review the Job Description The dirty secret of most interviews, for any position, is that a ... more
Experience And Education Matter For Nursing Opportunities
By: CareerCast.com
In the job-search world, perhaps no other sector is talked about more, and less understood, than health care. It is such a broad topic, encompassing so many occupations, that much of the information on job availability is confusing and conflicting. For instance, while there are many reports that nursing is a constantly in-demand profession and that many employers fear a "nursing shortage," there is plenty of anecdotal evidence showing that merely having a nursing degree is no guarantee in finding a job. However, registered nurses are the most in-demand healthcare professionals per one study in Washington, followed by personal and ... more
Succeeding at a Nursing Career Fair
By: CareerCast.com
Nursing career fairs are a great opportunity to meet and network with other nurses, find out more about nursing as a career and, most importantly, meet recruiters from the healthcare industry. Attending such events can have numerous benefits for both job-seeking nurses and those wanting to expand their network. The benefits include: Access to a large number of healthcare recruiters in one place. Finding out information about a variety different fields related to nursing. A chance to impress recruiters in person. A chance to build a list of contacts for networking. Meeting other nurses who can offer insightful tips and ... more
Economy Sends Workers To School, Especially For Nursing
By: CareerCast.com
Graph lines comparing unemployment to the number of students pursuing higher education or specialized training often show a corresponding trend: as unemployment rose, so did enrollment. Lisa Barrow, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, co-authored a paper about post-secondary enrollment increasing nationally between 2007 and 2010. She found that during the recession and early part of the recovery, enrollment increased at most types of institutions of higher learning. The two-year enrollment rate increased by 13 percent during the time period, after decreasing or staying about the same between 2002 and 2007. At public four-year colleges, enrollment ... more
Nursing Resumes: 3 Tips to Make Yours Stand Out
By: CareerCast.com
You may have a new nursing degree, or you may have years of qualified experience and healthcare education. Either way, you worked hard to get to where you are in your nursing career right now. But today’s workforce reality means competition for jobs, even in the healthcare and medical industries. Thanks to the Internet and mobile computing, healthcare employers and recruiters are able to review hundreds of qualified candidates almost instantly. Your nursing resume is going to be one of many considered for the opening. It must stand out from all the others to get to the next level in ... more
Nursing Industry New Year's Career Resolutions
By: CareerCast.com
More than 40 percent of Americans pledge some form of self-improvement, most resolutions fall into the “get healthy” or “be a better person” categories. Career commitments don’t show up nearly as often, but why not take a few minutes this month to plan how you can advance your nursing career in 2014? Here are five suggested goals: 1. Use social media to create career possibilities. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, it’s time to create one. Healthcare providers of all kinds are increasingly using social websites to network and look for job opportunities. According to one survey, over 40 ... more
Highest Paying Nursing Jobs
By: CareerCast.com
The nursing profession is experiencing aggressive growth as nurses continue to assume many tasks, functions and responsibilities once considered the exclusive province of physicians. Nursing salaries have risen and commensurate with the field's growth; even today's entry level nurses can earn excellent salaries in relation to other industries, and those who pursue additional education and training earn nursing salaries that range from high five figures to high six figures. According to the most recent figures available from the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the nursing field will continue to grow at its current pace through 2018, making nursing an ... more