Top Nursing Resources for Career Planning

top nursing resources for career planningIt’s easy to get excited about working as a nurse, but matching your skills to a specific career path requires soul searching, careful planning and a little bit of detective work. Here are a few career planning resources that can make the process a little easier.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Bureau of Labor Statistics

This online publication from the Bureau of Labor Statistics features detailed profiles on hundreds of different jobs, including industry overviews, education requirements, work environments, salary averages and ways to enter the field. There’s an entire section dedicated to healthcare jobs, including three nursing profiles.

Your Guide to a Career in Nursing: Find Nursing Schools

This free download from Find Nursing Schools is a great introduction to the nursing profession. You’ll learn about what nurses do, types of nursing licenses available, where you can work as a nurse, common pathways to becoming an RN and the benefits of a bachelor’s degree in nursing. If you’re new to nursing, this guide was written just for you.

Career Advice for Nurses: Scrubs Magazine

Scrubs magazine features personal and professional articles for nurses. Career Advice for Nurses is a section of their website that offers guidance on how to break into the profession, tips for resume writing, job searching and interviewing and information on obscure nursing specialties.

Choose Your Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center

If you’re on the fence when it comes to choosing a nursing specialty, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s list of certifications helps you identify areas of interest and spells out the process for applying, maintaining and renewing your credentials.

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