If you have recently qualified as a nurse, then you are probably finding yourself applying for jobs. As a nurse, you’ll find that there is plenty of demand but if you really want to secure that spot in your dream hospital or practice, you’ll need to stand out from the crowd. In this article, we are going to take you through some of the skills and qualities that you should have if you want to secure your dream job. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more.


When you are applying for a nursing job through a hospital or a physician recruiter,  you will need to explain the days and times that you are available for work. Of course, you might have other responsibilities, but flexibility is key in this industry and you need to be able to help out when you can if you want to get the job. Be honest about your availability and make it clear if you are extremely flexible.


One of the most important qualities that a nurse should have is compassion and you need to be able to show this in your application. Think carefully about all of the experience that you have and be ready to give examples of how you have been compassionate in the past. Don’t just tell generic stories, mention specific patients that have touched you and talk about how you helped them in their time of need. The more compassionate you show yourself to be, the more chance you have of securing your dream job.


Nursing is difficult and if you are not able to stay positive when your colleagues and patients need you most then you won’t get the job. Of course, there are times that you cannot be positive, but you need to try your hardest to stay positive in difficult situations. This will show through your confidence in your interview and you’ll need to give specific examples of patients that you have helped with your positivity.

Be A Leader

Although you might not have had many opportunities so far in being a leader in your nursing career, you will find that there are plenty of ways that you can get started. Employers will love to hear from those who actively help others and show the qualities that a good leader has. Talk to your current boss and see if they can give you any extra responsibilities that will help you to highlight your leadership skills. This will help you to stand out from the crowd when it comes to recruiting.

Final Thoughts

If you really want to be able to land your dream nursing job when you get out of college then you need to be able to show the skills that you have by giving clear examples. Take some time to think about how you used these skills in the past and be ready to explain this when you need to!

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