The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) reported earlier this month that there are now close to 200,000 jobless nurses in the country and this number is expected to rise further with the measly budget allocated for public hospitals next year.
Because of lesser and lesser opportunities abroad, the Filipino nurse is forced to wait for the right timing to even get a job locally.
“This is depressing.” Said one of the nurses who recently passed the 2010 Nursing Licensure Exams. “We have toiled in school and during the review and now what?”. Yet still, there are still parents who are pushing their kids to go to the nursing profession.
PNA executive director Maristela Abenojar said that there are Read more
How to Write a Nursing Resume
Recent labor studies have predicted that nursing positions will continue to grow faster than the national average for at least the next five years. Though this trend is good news for nurses on the job market, it does not diminish the fact that competition will remain tough for the most desirable nursing positions. Nurses need to pay close attention to the presentation of their credentials, as detailed in their resume, in order to ensure that they can compete in the tough medical profession.
To write a solid resume tailored specifically to the nursing profession, consider the following guidelines:
Highlight your Educational and Licensure Qualifications
In addition to including the details of your nursing degree (school name, when you graduated, your degree), you should mention any academic honors, grants, scholarships, or fellowships awarded during the course of your studies.
If you are an experienced nurse, you may wish to make reference to any completed clinical rotations in this section. This tactic is especially beneficial if one or more of these rotations is in line with your current career objective.
If you are a newer nursing graduate or have limited nursing experience, a list of related courses and clinical rotations will provide detail of your medical knowledge to prospective employers. Graduates who completed their degree with an impressive grade point average should highlight this fact by including their GPA in the Educational section of their resume.
All nurses who have completed the process to get licensed will need to provide details of their license(s) in this section. Include the state(s) in which you are licensed and the date that your license went in effect. Since your employer will ask for a copy of your license once you are made an offer, you do not include your licensing number on your resume.
Emphasize your Nursing Expertise and Key Skills
A quick 10-second scan of your resume should reveal important keywords that summarize your nursing experience and give managers an overview of your qualifications. The most effective way to do this is to incorporate a section of your resume dedicated to nursing expertise and key skills. Include a bulleted list of your nursing specializations (such as pediatrics, cardiology, oncology) and any pertinent nursing skills, such as JCAHO standards/compliance or medication administration, that will enhance your resume presentation.
If you have several years of nursing experience, it may beneficial to list your years of experience in each area.
Entry-level nurses and nurses with limited experience should also include this section in their resume, highlighting those areas and schools acquired from schooling, clinical rotations, and nursing mentorships.
Detail Your Nursing Experience
Since most manager hire nurses based on their previous experience in (or knowledge of if you are a new nurse) a particular area of nursing, employers need to know the details of your nursing experience.
If you are an experienced nurse, you should detail your specialization, the type of facility you work in (acute care, outpatient, rehabilitation), and your average caseload for each of your previous employers.
If you are an entry-level nurse just out of school or a nurse with limited work experience, you should detail any clinical rotations, mentorships, or other unpaid work you were involved in during your schooling.
Demonstrate You’re a Top Performer
Employers love to hire top performers. Your resume will be more memorable and better received if you can detail specific contributions you made to each of your previous employers. What have you done that was above and beyond your basic responsibilities? How have you helped make a positive impact on your patients and their families, your co-workers, your employer, or even your community?
Consider your possible involvement in:
o Committees or review boards
o Patient or family health education
o Mentorship programs
o Training of coworkers on advanced topics of interest to nursing
o The launch of a new facility or program
o Community health screens
o Outside education
The more details you can provide about your involvement in the medical community and your accomplishments, the better job you will do at impressing your value as a team member to potential employers.
What is holistic nursing?
Holistic nursing is the study of nursing that treats the whole body, as opposed to treating only the symptoms of a disease. The holistic nurse takes into consideration the emotional state of the patient, as well as their relationships, family life and environment during the treatment, and uses complimentary therapies in addition to traditional medicine in the treatment process.
Holistic nursing schools teach a wide variety of skills, and the training, which is in addition to traditional nursing training, is very intensive. Because of the intense nature of the holistic nursing program, it is important to be sure that you are dedicated to the concept of holistic nursing before entering into the program. For those only hoping to add to their nursing degree, it is better to choose a different specialty. The best holistic nurses truly believe in the importance of what they are doing, and how they are helping their patients.
Where can I learn holistic nursing?
Holistic nursing has been used for many years in the treatment of the patient; it just did not have a proper name. Physicians traditionally diagnosed and treated patients with prescription medicine and traditional treatments, nurses have always approached the ill patient in a different way. Nurses typically ask the patient how they are feeling, notice any changes in the patient”s demeanor, and generally check for differences in the patient from day to day.
Nurses have always understood what physicians sometimes do not realize, that a patient often has problems unrelated to their illness that keep them from responding to treatment. A skilled nurse notices these problems and helps resolve them, which allows the patient to respond to treatment more effectively.
In 2006, the American Nurses Association officially recognized holistic nursing as a specialty in the field of nursing. Because nursing has always had the goal of healing the entire person, the recognition of holistic nursing as an important step forward for nurses.
A holistic nurse is first required to be a licensed nurse. Once licensed in the nursing field, she can begin working on her specialty. Holistic nursing training is aimed at teaching the nurse to approach the patient from the mind, the body, the spirit and the emotional level. While traditional medicine focuses only on the body, and occasionally on the mind, holistic nursing provides the whole patient with treatment, and with that, specialized treatment options.
The holistic nurse often receives advanced training in some of the alternative forms of treatment. These can include acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment and body work or energy healing. Touch is recognized as an important part of the healing process, and therapeutic touch and massage are popular training choices for many holistic nurses.
The certification process for holistic nursing involves four phases. For most nurses, the certification process will take approximately eighteen months to complete. The areas of study in holistic nursing are broad, and cover everything from nutrition to communication skills.
Where can I practice holistic nursing?
Nurses that specialize in holistic care often work in the field of women”s healthcare, but they are certainly not limited to that field. Holistic nursing is particularly well suited for working with the geriatric population, children and patients in a rehabilitation setting.
Because holistic nurses are licensed nurses, they are permitted to practice in any setting where a nurse works. Hospitals, doctors” offices and wellness centers all hire nurses to help treat patients. If you are a holistic nurse, it is important to choose a work setting that encourages and supports holistic nursing. For example, an overcrowded and understaffed Emergency Room is not likely to have the time or inclination to support a whole body approach to healing. An oncology unit, however, is likely to value and support the work of holistic nurses.
While it is possible to use the skills that you learn as a holistic nurse in any setting, and the training to become a holistic nurse may only benefit you in the end, it can be frustrating to invest in your career, and believe strongly in treating the whole patient, and not be permitted to practice your specialty. As a licensed nurse, it should be easy for you to find employment, and it is better to take the time to thoroughly research your employment options before committing to one. The right position with the right employer is important for a holistic nurse to be truly happy with their career.
What do I need to know before specializing in holistic nursing?
The most important aspect of holistic nursing is to learn what types of complimentary therapy are permitted in your state. Each state has different licensing requirements for different types of treatment. While some states may allow a registered nurse to perform acupuncture, another may not, while another can allow this form of healing, but only under the supervision of a medical doctor. Before investing time and money learning an alternative therapy, make sure that you are permitted to perform it in your state.
Based on what has been reported in many news angle, it seems that the lack of training facility for nursing graduates such as local hospitals, including government-owned and controlled in the Philippines are producing more and more unemployed nurses.
Although many of our unemployed nurses passed the local nursing board, one of the key pain of nursing recruiters in the country is the lack of the nurses’ experience and training in actual hospital work. Without it, they cannot be endorsed to potential foreign employers who are seeking experienced nurses only.
The root cause of the problem is not the oversupply of nurses per se but the lack of government funding even to hire these nurses in the government-owned hospitals. If the government can allocate funds for this and provide even temporary employment to our nurses, then they can go out and find work elsewhere after.
The sad news is, there are reported cases that some new nurses are even sacrificing and more than willing to pay the local hospital just to admit them so they can have work experience in their resumes. This is becoming a trend and some folks are reported to be benefiting from it.
It is also well known that there are a lot of shortage of nurses and doctors in most of the government owned hospitals aside from the scary facilities that have not been refreshed for years due to lack of funding. Some patient are more afraid of contracting sickness inside government hospitals than their ailments.
We urged the Philippine government to look into this funding solution quickly. Adding necessary funding to local government hospitals so they can hire nurses (and doctors) to gain experience is a win-win trade off not only for the nurses but also for the sick Filipino folks as well.