Gaining a first job as a nurse or midwife is becoming not only highly competitive but an increasingly more complex process. This practical guide will help students get ahead of other applicants by picking apart the experience of applying for a job from start to finish. Readers will discover a wealth of information on career planning, continuing professional development and next steps. Accessible and user-friendly, this is an essential text for student nurses and midwives at any stage in their pre-registration education, and more especially for those in their final year, as they prepare for the move into qualified employment or further discipline specific study.
Annabel Smoker is Lecturer in Nursing and Faculty Lead for Employability at the Faculty of Health Science and University of Southampton, UK.
1. Introduction.- 2. Career Planning.- 3. First Steps.- 4. Job Applications.- 5. The Selection and Recruitment Process.- 6. Preparing for Interview.- 7. Employment Beyond First Post.- 8. Next Steps.- 9. Useful Resources