5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Resume

Nurses need to write resumes that are unique and impressive. In this article, I want to discuss the five common mistakes that you want to avoid. Too Long There is no rule as to what length your resume should be; however, if it is longer than two pages, it may not be read. The first page should catch the attention of the recruiter and be concise. If it is longer than one page, whatever is on page two should be new and relevant information. Some nurses write resumes that are three to four pages long. Unless you are applying for […]

One thing that will make you Win

            Many of you chose a nursing career because you wanted to care for the sick. Caring for someone else brings a lot of personal satisfaction and joy. I’m sure you were surprised, like I was, when you realized that you have to work with some overly competitive coworkers. Some of them use very unethical means to look better than you and are not ready to work with you as a team. Many employers would argue that competition is good for the company because it brings motivation and adds productivity. The flip side to this […]

How to Diffuse Tension at Work: Tips to Alleviating Stress

                    Guest Post By Elizabeth Scala   The hospital where I work has many nursing committees. One that I attend, is the nurse research committee. We meet monthly and each functional unit is represented.     There are usually a dozen nurses at the meetings and since they’re all interested in nursing research, everyone is quite brilliant. Well, put a lot of people in a room that are highly intelligent with lots of ideas, you’re likely to have a dispute now and then. This was the case last month.   We […]

How New Nurses Can Answer the Question, “Why should we hire you?”

  It’s getting harder for fresh new nurses straight out of college to get jobs. Companies prefer to hire experienced nurses and will only take on new grads who stand out in the interview. The question you should always expect during the interview is this: “Why should we hire you?”   Think about this question, and prepare your answer prior to the interview. Practice in front of the mirror to make you more confident in answering, if you have to. It is one of the most important questions and can determine whether you get the job or not. In this […]

From Bedside Nurse to Writer

                Tell me that story again! This is what my coworkers have always said. Whenever we were on break or had some down time, they always wanted to hear the stories that I had to tell. I learnt how to tell stories from my grandmother. She was an excellent storyteller.   As a child growing up in Kenya, my grandma always put me to sleep by telling me a bedtime story.   My nursing career has had so much adventure and excitement as well as so many challenges. In Africa, I worked with […]

How You Can Survive the Panel Interview.

          Imagine walking into an interview and finding seven people sitting around a table, looking you over from head to toe. Then, after a moment, it strikes you that you will be interviewed by the whole panel. This can make you feel extremely intimidated. There are some nurses who would just freeze out of fear. Fear will not help you if you are hoping to give the interviewers a good impression.   When getting ready to attend an interview, you need to prepare for the worst. A panel interview is very challenging, and most nurses get […]