Thoughts on networking in nursing

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There are several aspects you’ll need to consider when looking for a nursing job, and while everybody focuses on crafting their resume and obtaining some work experience, one aspect that often goes forgotten is networking – which can play a major role in helping you get the job of your dreams.

Benefits of networking for nurses

The idea behind building a network is to develop a strong support system for yourself. Nursing can be a stressful occupation with several things that can go wrong. A network of professionals who will support, advise and encourage you can be an invaluable asset. During your career, you will come across several grey areas that you will have to navigate. A strong network can help you gain the right perspective when you’re feeling conflicted.

Keep building and strengthening

In the field of medicine, you can never have a network that is big enough. The larger your network, the stronger your support system. Make a concerted effort to get to know a new person every few days. Don’t be shy about talking to people and getting to know them. Talk to nurses at hospitals, staff at medical institutions, doctors who live near you and anyone in the medical field. Strike up casual conversations and make an effort to get to know them better.

A medical placement in a developing country is the perfect place to start building your network; you’ll meet premed students as well as qualified medical professionals from different parts of the world. Interacting with them can give you interesting insight into how medicine is practiced in other countries, and that’s just the beginning.

Imagine the potential of having a network that consists of medical professionals from around the world. From exchanging thoughts, ideas and research findings to getting advanced notifications of job openings in your line of work, the benefits are endless.

Take part in the process

If you want to broaden your network, don’t let someone else do all the work for you. Don’t ask a family member, friend or colleague to talk to a potential employer on your behalf. For one thing, it puts the employer on the spot. On the one hand here’s a friend asking for a favour but on the other hand, how do you hire someone you’ve never met? If you’re interested in meeting a particular individual or recruiter, don’t make it somebody else’s responsibility. The most you should ask for is to arrange an introductory meeting. The rest is up to you. Here’s where you use your communication skills and your knowledge of nursing to impress your future employer.

 

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