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In observance of National Nurses Week, we’re taking a look at what our team of experts at Fortus Healthcare Resources has had to say about the employment prospects for new and seasoned nurses as well as pieces for advice for landing that dream job.

Here’s a sample of what we’ve been saying.

Healthcare travelers face challenges, opportunities in 2014 – Healthcare Traveler

by John Short, marketing executive/recruiter for Fortus Travel Healthcare Resources

Many experts agree that the nursing shortage in the country has already challenged staffing requirements, and will only intensify.

As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins to take hold on the U.S. healthcare system, the future demand for healthcare travelers is expected to grow even more during the next few years as more baby boomers retire and the country’s older population expands.

Healthcare Human Resources in 2014 and Beyond – PreCheck

The outlook for healthcare hiring is strong, leaders agree, and growth will continue. “I’ve seen a lot of growth in labor and delivery, cardiac lab nurses, pediatric nurses,” says Jeremy Enck, Vice President of Sales at Fortus Healthcare Resources. “Healthcare is hard because there’s always a strong need anywhere. Pretty much any niche, somebody’s going to be interested. Healthcare is still a candidate-driven market.”

How to Evolve Your Résumé as Your Nursing Career Matures – American Nurses Association

Be sure your résumé contains a representation of your top three nursing responsibilities and a summary of your job description, says Jeremy Enck, vice president of sales at Fortus Healthcare Resources.

Organize your résumé so it shows the increasing responsibility you’ve been given throughout your career, especially if you’re looking for a leadership position. “As a nurse progresses throughout their career, you should be able to see the level of responsibility increase correspondingly,” Enck says.

2014 Nursing Jobs Outlook – American Nurses Association

Additional Skills Offer an Edge

Nurses with broader skills will continue to be in demand as well. For example, Jeremy Enck, vice president of sales at Fortus Healthcare Resources, says he’s seen a trend toward more organizations looking for nurses who speak more than one language.

“Any language,” can be useful, he says. “If you’re flexible on location and put the time into getting a bachelor’s degree in nursing and have the ability to pick up an extra language, you will be extremely valuable in the nursing market.”

5 ways to get noticed by recruiters – MonsterWorking

Highlight your tenure

If you’ve got staying power, promote it, says Andy Barberio, account executive at Fortus Healthcare Resources. “I always look at tenure — tenure is really big. When you find somebody that’s been with an organization for a long time or has helped build it up, they are marketable. Switching jobs every year or year and a half over a five to six year period doesn’t present the best on a resume.”

“The demand for RNs continues to grow, primarily due to a growing and aging population,” says Jeremy Enck, vice president of sales at Fortus Healthcare Resources, a leading healthcare recruiting firm. “There is a shortage of good prospective employees with [registered nursing] degrees.”

Nursing graduates finding success in the Mohawk Valley – Time Warner Cable News

Our population is getting older,” said Jeremy Enck of Fortus Healthcare Resources. “We live a lot longer. We’re not healthy as a country. That’s a huge supply and demand issue. It’s crucial to keep the pipeline going with well educated nurses coming out of these schools.”

The State of Healthcare Rescruiting: 3 Ways to Overcome Key Challenges – PreCheck

Know What You Want, But Show Some Flexibility

First, a healthcare organization must get a clear idea of what role it needs to fill and who it wants to fill that role, says Jeremy Enck, Vice President of Sales at Fortus Healthcare Resources. But there’s more to it than just finding the ideal candidate.

Enck recommends mapping out available interviewing times a couple of months in advance in case an “A-plus” candidate becomes available, for example. And while it’s important to know what you’re looking for, being flexible is vitally important in this job market.

Hot Degree #1: Nursing – Yahoo! Education

The demand for RNs continues to grow, primarily due to a growing and aging population,” says Jeremy Enck, vice president of sales at Fortus Healthcare Resources, a leading healthcare recruiting firm. “There is a shortage of good prospective employees with [registered nursing] degrees.”

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