Healthcare runs on nurses. Nurses both provide one-on-one care for patients and work in the background to keep hospitals, long-term care facilities, and private practices going. Nursing jobs are available in urgent care centers, military bases, schools, and even on cruise ships, and include a wide range of specialties like informatics, forensic, intensive care, geriatric, pediatric, psychiatric, and travel nursing.
Nursing jobs attract job seekers from various backgrounds, education, and work experiences. The one thing most nurses have in common is that they enjoy helping people and shaping their health. You'll conduct physical exams, give medication, sanitize medical equipment, talking with patients about symptoms, and prescribe medications.
Nurses enjoy flexible schedules, good pay, and a high demand for their skills. In fact, the demand for nurses is expected to continue to grow along with the aging population. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that registered nurse jobs will grow by 7% over the next 10 years.
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Registered nurses need a minimum of a two-year associate degree to become a nurse, although most complete a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing with courses such as anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and nursing fundamentals. After graduation, you'll need to pass a nursing exam and apply for a license in your state. For more information on the education you'll need, read our guide on how to become a registered nurse.
Need help put together a nursing resume, but don't know where to start? We have examples of different types of nurse resumes for you to browse, including a resume for an entry-level RN and a resume for a hospital staff nurse. Each sample provides targeted advice so you can nab a job in the specific nursing role you're interested in.
Once your resume is squared away, it's time to write a professional cover letter to add to your application. We have a sample nursing cover letter that will help you to integrate your personality with your unique skills, talents, and background to truly shine to hiring managers.
An interview is the time to show your interest in the organization and the people and technical skills you bring to the table. You might be asked about your educational background, your prior work experience, and how you would handle challenging situations. But remember, job interviews are a two-way street, so it's a good idea to also be prepared to ask questions to help you determine if the job is the right fit for you. Here is a list of 13 questions nurses should ask in a job interview to get you started.
Being a nurse is hard work - you deserve to be compensated for it. Your salary will depend on what type of nursing job you do, but the median salary for a registered nurse is $34.94 an hour. Your education and work experience are also factors in your earning potential. Use Monster's Salary Tool to enter the specific nursing role you're looking for and the location you're in.
Once you've explored all the nursing jobs on this page, you can create a profile on Monster to manage your current and future job applications. You'll also be able to access advice from our job experts and will receive job notifications whenever a new job is posted.