We all know that learning is a lifelong endeavor. So while you’re working, what new skills should you be learning. The more you learn, the better position you will be in to advance your career. What do employers want to see from nursing candidates when interviewing for a new job? And how do you put this into practice? If you’re going to up your game and learn new things, here are some ideas to help you focus your attention.
So, what are the skills that employers are looking for when hiring nurses? They include soft skills such as:
- Effective communication
- Critical thinking
- Keeping up with technology
Your experience in the medical industry will also be a critical factor in the decision-making process. The important part is knowing how to apply these soft skills to the hard skills you will learn through school or on-the-job training. Here’s how to acquire those skills.
Find a Mentor
Formal education can only do so much. If you want to know what it’s like to do the kind of work you want to do, you need to talk to people who have been there. Finding a mentor can help you understand what a day in the life is like for a nurse in any specialty. A mentor can give you ideas of where to look, share insight from their career, or be a sounding board for your questions.
Sure, you will probably take classes to get your degree in nursing. You will likely need to take continuing education classes, but the learning doesn’t have to stop there. You can take courses to help you improve your soft skills, too. For example, maybe it would be helpful for you to understand and speak another language. Or perhaps you can take a technology course to help you keep up with the latest tools.
Keep a Notebook
Throughout your career, it’s a good idea to keep a notebook handy to jot down notes. This is true when you’re training and onboarding, but also true as you continue down your career path. You never know when you can flip through the pages and be reminded that you already know how to do something. It can also help you organize your thoughts.
Lastly, don’t forget the value of reading books to expand your mind or enhance your skills. Nursing books are a great choice, but other books may help you as well. Read books about leadership or self-improvement. Read books about more effective communication or ways you can improve your organizational skills.
Do you want to advance your nursing career? Contact the recruiters at Fortus Healthcare Resources today.