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Points to ponder when choosing your first job

The shortage of nurses means those who are newly qualified have more options regarding a career path and where they want to live

The shortage of nurses means those who are newly qualified have more options regarding a career path and where they want to live

Choosing your first job based on where you had a successful placement is a tried and tested career path for many newly qualified nurses – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Alongside thinking about what you’ve most enjoyed, the patients you like working with, and whether you prefer being in a hospital or in the community, where you want to live is another key consideration, says RCN professional lead for education standards Gill Coverdale.

‘It’s a good market for newly registered nurses, who have the option to choose where they want to be because there is such a massive shortage of nurses,’ she says.

Geography might play a part in your role

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