Like it hot? Then the latest forecast from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) should bring a smile to your face. The Bureau projects employment of RNs to grow by 26% from 2010 to 2020, sluggish economy notwithstanding. That translates into 711,900 new jobs — in addition to the hundreds of thousands of jobs that will open up as nurses retire. The Bureau notes, however, that job growth will vary by specialty and region, so your local forecast might not call for skies quite as bright and sunny.
Regardless of your location or specialty, if you have been out of the nursing profession for any length of time it is imperative to brush up on your skills, says Judy Shorr, nurse recruiter for Seattle Children’s Hospital and committee member for the National Association of Health Care Recruitment. In an article on Nurse.com, Shorr says RNs returning to the workforce “absolutely need a refresher course. They are competing with new grads whose skill set is still current.”
Shorr advises nurses to try to keep a toe in the water if they need time for family or personal matters. “Work a day a week to keep your skills current,” she advises. “If you leave the workforce for many years, it’s a tough road to get back in.”
Shorr also cites the importance of clinical experience. “Nobody’s going to want to hire somebody who hasn’t had clinical experience,” she said. “You need to be in a clinical setting and see the new equipment, procedures, etc.”
Click below to read Teresa McUsic’s full article on Nurse.com, which includes helpful guidance on writing a resume, presenting a professional image (no cutesy email addresses!) and social media dos and don’ts.