Newly qualified nurses

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Don’t jump at your first job offer – the nursing shortage means you are likely to have multiple opportunities.
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Don’t jump at your first job offer – the nursing shortage means you are likely to have multiple opportunities

Many students are in a rush to land a job as soon as they qualify. Having spent at least three years with little income, this is understandable. But the shortage of nurses means that newly qualified nurses are in strong position in the job market and should be able to pick and choose.

Added to this, a nurse’s first job is important for the future direction of their career, so it needs to be carefully weighed up to ensure it is the right move, says Tonks Fawcett, professor of student learning for nurse education at the University of Edinburgh.

‘The first job is very important and they must make good decisions,

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