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‘Will there be jobs when I qualify?’

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Can you advise this student nurse?

“I’m confused! I keep reading headlines about massive nurse shortages all over the country yet no-one seems to be hiring.

“I’m qualifying this September so am starting to size up the job market and getting advice on writing my personal statement, but I’m struck by how few jobs appropriate for a newly qualified nurse seem to be being advertised. Why would a trust hire someone brand new over a nurse with experience?

“Has anyone else found this? Should I be worried?”

- Hayley, Gateshead

Please use the comments section below to share your advice

Response from Nursing Times:

Please don’t panic. Although there are obvious benefits to hiring someone with more experience, many organisations are looking for newly qualified nurses to fill posts. You’re full of enthusiasm and new ideas, and your knowledge on evidence-based practice couldn’t be more up-to-date. The trick is to highlight your strengths and not apologise for not yet having experience.

You might not realise how many opportunities are available to newly qualified nurses. Careers fairs are a great place to speak to potential employers before you apply and to find out about the sort of posts they have available. You might be surprised. Funnily enough (shameless plug warning!) we’re holding four careers fairs this year, in London, Bristol and Leeds and they are FREE to attend! You can find out more here:

Best of luck with your job search!


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