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11 September, 2017 Articles0

Congratulations! You passed the filters and got an interview, now what? You need to prepare ahead. Preparing for an interview is easy but can get a little tedious. In this article, we tell you some tips to prepare for the interview of your dream job.

Why an interview?

Interviews are a tool for recruiters to assure that a candidate is as good as the resume says it is. Sure, a good candidate might look good on paper, but a good interviewer tests other social or technical skills that can confirm or deny that the candidate is perfect for the nursing position. But don’t be worried, if a hospital calls you for an interview, you are already half way through.

Introduce yourself

The meeting usually starts with the phrase “Tell me about yourself.” With this, what the interviewer is asking is “Who are you as a professional?” A usual mistake is to start talking about where you were born or your mother and father. Keep it simple, talk about your qualities, education, professional goals, and some meaningful experiences. Remember that the interviewer already read your resume, so they know the hard facts. Take this opportunity to fathom about what makes you an excellent healthcare professional and an addition to the hospital. Sometimes, the interviewer will like to know about your family to try to grasp some social skills you might have learned growing up. Answer concisely and only if to the extent that you feel comfortable.

The test

Right after you finish talking about yourself, the interviewer will ask you about your technical skills and specific nursing specialty questions. Take a deep breath and listen carefully, this is an important part. Rely on what you know and be honest, don’t try to guess what they are asking, rather honestly answer that you don’t know. Tough questions are not usual, just to test how far your knowledge works, but be prepared to answer everything.

Previous work and experience

Although you don’t need to study for this question, it is important that you practice what are you going to say. Be precise, talk about your responsibilities and things you learned. Also, you should be able to answer questions about your relationship with higher up nurses or healthcare professionals. If, for some reason, you don’t have a good relationship with your previous boss, don’t worry, just shortly answer that you weren’t close. Don’t get carried up if you didn’t have a good experience, is more important how you reply since this will tell the interviewer that you can deal with stressful situations.

Have you heard about us?

You should know something about the hospitals, its purpose, and specialties. Previous to the interview, be sure to check the web page and some articles about the hospital’s reputation and their teams. With this question, the interviewer wants to know whether you are interested enough to google them. Not knowing about the company will hurt you if you are competing against a lot of candidates. It is important to show excitement about the hospital you are applying to, after all, you want to spend a lot of time there!

Why are you applying?

Answering why are you applying to that hospital goes in hand with the last question. You should know what team/teams you would want to join and what makes it unique. Prepare a simple answer and know the names of the people in charge if possible.

Teamwork and working under pressure

Being a nurse is all about being a teammate. In the interview, you will have to answer about your qualities as a team member, and also about what you can improve. Additionally, as a part of a hospital group, you will face stress and pressure from patients, doctors, and other healthcare professionals. When the recruiter asks you about your skills to work under pressure, you should answer straightforwardly about the pros and cons that you see in yourself while working in a stressful environment. Give examples, talk about your other teams in previous jobs and specific situations that you handled well.

Is there anything you want to ask us?

At the end of the interview be prepared to ask questions. Ask more about the job, about the people working there and their credentials. Be interested in the work environment, patients, work ethics, machinery, procedures, growth opportunities, etc. Remember that you are applying for a job that you want to keep and makes you want to go to work.

 


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30 August, 2017 Articles0

Every year, many professionals immigrate to the USA with the dream of getting to live here. It’s not easy to acquire a Nursing License, but the ever-growing healthcare industry needs more professionals to fulfill its needs. Here’s everything you need to know to become a Registered Nurse in the US.

Opportunities

The first thing you need to know is that by 2024, there will be a shortage in healthcare professionals, where Registered Nurses are the most needed of all. That means that there are a lot of opportunities for your professional development in the United States, and you can also take advantage of our programs to get benefits like continual education, spousal placement, insurance, and many others that are available for incoming nurses.

Education 

Every Registered Nurse that works in the United States needs to fulfill a language proficiency test, as well as a technical test known as NCLEX. Furthermore, the experience is essential to get a good job in a world-class hospital. We have different programs to help you get an education and professional experience at the same time. While you are preparing for the NCLEX and the TOEFL exams, you can work with hospital partners for three years. Once you have your credentials, you are ready to apply for the nursing job of your dreams.

Family included

It is often a problem for professionals to relocate leaving their families behind; it could be a burden for the professional that decides to come. For this reason, you have to choose a program that will help you to bring your family with you. You don’t have to make more sacrifices if you can make sure that the program is willing also to relocate your family. Healthcare Professionals USA helps your spouse to find a job and helps your children to find a school.

Costs

It sounds fantastic until you know how much it costs. If you are going to apply for a nursing program in the United States, you are going to need help paying for relocation, housing, exams, and more. It could be discouraging not to be able to pay for all of this while starting a new job as a trainee, but some programs are willing to help you. Always keep in mind that the work that you are doing is valuable and therefore you are needed. Hospitals should be competing to have you as a nurse in their installations! Healthcare Professionals helps you with traveling expenses, relocation of the family, some housing and maintenance costs, and offers many benefits, so you only have to worry about being the best healthcare professional. Look for a program that will have everything covered for you.

Experience is good, but not a requisite

If you are already a nurse in your country, you are a fantastic fit to become a nurse in the United States. However, if you are looking to become a nurse while working, we are willing to give you the education you need. Don’t be discouraged by not having any experience as a nurse, the healthcare industry is growing, and there’s always a program willing to educate new nurses to keep growing this workforce.

Read carefully

Know everything about the program you are going to apply. Having your paperwork ready is important and will make your experience easier. Also, be sure that the program you are applying to offers everything they say, talk to other professionals there, talk to assessors, watch every video about experiences, and be informed about what you are going to study. This step is important because you are going to relocate from another country and knowledge is essential to survive in a new environment.

Additional requirements for International Nurses

Entering the USA as a professional could be difficult. We will guide you every step of the way and give the paperwork needed to get into the country legally and safely. If you have any doubt about your visa process, be sure to know who to talk to. We offer assistance and guarantee that you will be legally entering the United States. Through a process of application, we make sure that you have everything that is needed to have a visa that allows you to study and work at the same time.

Healthcare Professionals USA is a program dedicated to helping new professionals from Australia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico to gain experience to work in hospitals in the United States. Check the section Our Programs in our page to further know what we can offer to nurses from abroad, or you can Apply Now.


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21 August, 2017 Articles0

Writing the resume for your nursing dream job is all about showcasing your skills. From the personal skills to your professional experience, your resume should include everything that makes you the perfect candidate in a few words. Here we show you some tips on how to write an excellent resume.

One page only

The first thing to keep in mind is that your resume should not exceed one page. Recruiters usually have to go through a lot of candidates, and you should write your information as condensed as possible. So, before writing your resume, write some bullets about your education, experience, and skills set. Then, you should edit anything that is obvious or does not show who you are as a healthcare professional. Once you have your written list, it is time to start writing your resume.  

Name your file

First of all, give your file a name that includes yours: MarcelaHernandez_Resume. When sending your resume via email, always send a file that has your name on it. It will be easier for recruiters to find you and sets an example of how dedicated you are.

Personal Information and nursing credentials

A good resume starts with your contact details: name, phone, email. You have to make sure that a recruiter knows how to reach you if they want an interview or give you the job!

If you are a Registered Nurse or studied a BS in Nursing, you should write this before your name: RN/BSN Gabriela Martínez. This information goes at the top of the page and should be visible.

Professional Statement

In a few words, no more than 50, tell the hospital recruiters Who do you want to be as a professional? Here you should write what position do you want, what position are you aiming to have in the next five years. Professional focus makes you driven; this indicates recruiters if you are the perfect candidate for their nursing position.

Experience and Education

This part is the most important of your resume. With this information, you are telling the recruiters what are your credentials as a professional that make you the perfect candidate. If you have previously worked as a nurse, you only have to worry about selecting the most meaningful positions you’ve held. On the other hand, if you recently graduated, you don’t have to be nervous about a resume, it’s all about skills and experience, doesn’t matter how you acquired it.

If you are a recently graduated nurse, you should focus on the education part. List important projects, classes, schools attended and certificates. Even if you’ve had less experience, list voluntary wor k or projects outside of school, all experience matters at this point.

On the other hand, If you are an experienced nurse, you should write your experience from the most recent, considering that you only have one page, only write the most important ones. Every entry should have the name of the position, time working there and a brief explanation of what you did. Also, don’t forget to mention where did you become a Registered Nurse and any other meaningful courses in your education.

 

Skills

The are some valuable skills to the profession that are not necessarily the obvious. The least that recruiters expect from you is attentiveness and dedication. You should occupy this space to tell recruiters about your technical skills. Also, in here you can list certifications and expiration dates.

Attention to detail

Since you are applying for a profession that requires you to pay attention to detail, your resume should show it. You can ask for someone to proof-read it for you! Trust someone else to give some feedback and correct it as many times as you need.

Be honest

When you are not feeling so sure about your professional skills, it is better to stop working on your resume and have a walk. It could be stressful to have to put yourself out there to have a job that you want, but lying is not the option. Recruiters usually revise the applications thoroughly, that means that there’s a big chance they’re going to call a previous boss or the last school you attended. If by any chance you are lying about a certification or experience, recruiters will withdraw you as a candidate.

Even if you think that can run with a little luck lying, hospitals, as any other institution, has to revise sporadically on its workers. So if a random check up comes and you lie, you could be fired.

It may seem overwhelming to apply for a hospital in the United States but always trust your skills and education. It is more valuable to have a small, but meaningful resume, than a long and dishonest that could give the wrong idea of who you are as a professional.


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