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What Employers Are Looking for in Hiring Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 31st, 2013

As healthcare employers deal with inevitable changes in the delivery of care, nurses can position themselves to stand out from their competition.

“We are no longer just putting someone in the job because they have a credential,” said Julie Hill, RN, BSN, CHCR, RACR, Vice President of NAHCR. “Now we have a larger applicant pool, so we can select the best nurse for the job. Many hospitals use behavioral assessment tools so they can make sure that an individual has the positive service attributes that lead to good hospital consumer assessment scores and less likelihood of turnover.”

Georgetown uses a behavioral assessment tool along with a separate reference assessment tool, Hill said. Hospitals are looking for nurses who are flexible, customer-focused, compassionate, have a strong work ethic and work well with team members.

Nurses with specialty training also are in higher demand. Nurses with experience in ORs, labor and delivery, cardiovascular ICUs or pediatric areas often have more options. Nurses who know how to use electronic health record systems also have an advantage.

Advanced education also can open doors. The demand for nurse practitioners will grow as we face a looming primary physician shortage.

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