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The 3 Most Important New Trends for Nurse Hiring

  • Article by:Health Career Center

The past several years have seen a remarkable transformation in the healthcare field. Now that the first quarter of 2017 is over, we can already tell that this year will have even more changes in store.

At, one shift, in particular, has caught the eyes of our career experts: Nurse hiring managers are evolving to keep up with the rapidly changing field. They’re developing fresh hiring practices that are more in-step with healthcare’s new criteria for quality care and finding innovative ways to identify and reward talent.

If you’re wondering when these changes will begin affecting you, the truth is, they already are. Here are the three biggest trends driving hiring changes this year, and how you can turn them into your advantage.

1. Hiring managers are growing more selective

Not that long ago, HR departments aimed to fill empty positions as fast as possible. Unfortunately, this lead to high turnover rates and the cost associated with turnover. From this, HR professionals are creating more effective hiring processes for targeting the right talent and making sure they’re a good fit within their system.

To make it to the top of hiring managers’ lists, show why you’re a smart choice not just for today, but also for the long-term. Start by tailoring each resume you send to employers with how your values align with their unique organizational goals. Then, if you get an opportunity to interview, be sure to spend a significant part of the meeting discussing the organization’s culture, and why you think you’ll be a good fit there for years to come.

2. Experience takes a backseat to people skills

Strong technical ability and years of know-how are good things for any nurse to have. But today’s HR professionals realize that those attributes aren’t always accurate predictors of long-term success. These days, success is measured in patient satisfaction, which requires collaboration and ability to adapt to change.

Is your current resume overloaded with “me first” information, like solitary achievements and personal awards? Now is a good time to replace a few bullet points with specific examples of how you’ve worked with teammates to solve problems, or went beyond the call to improve a patient’s care experience.

3. Top leaders are being promoted over top performers

The same qualities that make someone a great nurse don’t necessarily make them a great leader. No matter how hardworking or compassionate someone is when caring for patients, they can still fail to effectively lead others if they don’t possess strong leadership and conflict resolution skills. Hospitals are recognizing this and promoting nurses to management roles accordingly.

During interviews, you’ve always told employers that you’re going to do your best. But at your next interview, try showing how you’ll inspire others to do their best. If you give the impression that you’re a natural leader, you’ll already be halfway toward landing a leadership role.

Whether you’re considering a move to a leadership position or just starting out, it’s never too early to get a head start on your next big career step. To see more of the latest nursing trends and news that can help you prepare, visit While you’re there, be sure to search for open nursing positions within the country’s leading health systems.




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