Types of Entry-Level Careers in Nursing

Nursing continues to be a solid career field due to the growth of medical industry. However, as many students continue to pursue a nursing education, the field grows more competitive. So how can you find an entry level job after graduation? And what are some of the entry level jobs available?

One of the best ways for nurses to find work after graduation is to try to look outside of hospitals. While there are many jobs there, there is also the most competition for work. Some of the best and most nursing jobs are found in from rehab and long-term care facilities, nurse-run community clinics, schools, as well as businesses and companies where preventative care and wellness are becoming a higher priority.

Another tip is to search for job in a highly populated area. Cities and metropolitan areas are known to have more jobs in general, and nursing is no exception. The more job opportunities there are means more opportunities to get hired. Additionally in urban areas, there are often more clinics and client centered opportunities.

Another great place for finding entry level jobs is through internships. Often these positions can turn into or lead to permanent positions. Medical facilities are always looking for skilled, cooperative nurses to join their team.

Nurses regularly make about $64,000 a year. In most places, coming in as a registered nurse or nurses assistants counts as an entry level position. Even lower level administrative positions can be entry level positions in many facilities. Managing nurses, higher level admins, and other supervisory positions tend me higher level positions, earned after many years of experience.

Other entry level work might initially include part time or late shift work. These are still good positions for nurses and can grow a nurse’s skill set. They can also help a nurse grow their opportunities. If a nurse works diligently on part time hours, they’re likely to be considered for full time. If the work well under pressure during night shifts, they might be considered for a day time rotation so they can experience other kinds of nursing situations.

Becoming a professional nurse might mean going where the opportunities are and thinking outside of the box; but rest assured, the opportunities are there, and the medical world is counting on your experience, knowledge, and passion.