Helpful tips for getting a job in a hospital or health care facility

August 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm (Uncategorized)

Lucia McNamara is a Junior 2 in the traditional BSN program who has a double major in nursing and Spanish. She is a member of SNAOU and the Dean’s Circle. Lucia currently works at Henry Ford Hospital on the Nephrology floor as a Nurse Assistant. In her free time, she likes to be outdoors – gardening, walking her two dogs or playing horse shoes.

Many nursing students work in the hospital setting while in school, others in nursing homes, and some do not work in the healthcare setting at all and some simply do not work at all while in school. While working in a healthcare setting will get you more experience, it does not necessarily mean you will not be any less successful if you do not. This blog will focus on giving you helpful tips if you are thinking about getting a job in a hospital or health care facility.

In all honesty, it can be difficult. Not only is obtaining employment competitive, the poor economy is another obstacle. I just recently obtained employment with Henry Ford, but I sure had to fight for it. I know how hard and discouraging it can be, but the main thing is to remain positive. The following are a few tips I came up with that may help some of you with your job search:

  1. Be persistent! Call the recruiting team of your job facility in which you are applying for to have them check up on positions for you. Your name being seen repeatedly speaks volumes and eventually the recruiters will see your determination and start sending your application through to the next step if they haven’t already.
  2. Accept constructive criticism. Have a nursing professor look over your resume and give you feedback on any corrections or improvements that they may have.
  3. Keep applying and don’t give up! The more applications you put in, the more your name will be seen.  I know it’s hard after 3 months of submitting application after application and hearing absolutely nothing, but it will pay off! This goes back to being persistent.
  4. Keep an open mind. There may be a job opening in an area that you’re not too interested in, but if it gets “your foot in the door” then by all means, pursue it! You have to think long term, if you obtain the position and 3 months later there is another job opening that you originally wanted within that hospital, you have even better chances of getting it because not only do you now have experience, but you are already an employee.
  5. Finally, when you get the call for an interview; be yourself and stay calm. You’ll do fine.


I persistently applied at Henry Ford for 5 months before I got my first call from a recruiter, it was another month and a half before I got a call for an interview- but guess what?! I stayed positive and persistent, and I finally landed the job I had been working so hard for and you can too!


Good luck to you and your job search!



  1. Phyllis said,

    My Mom is 93 and lives at The Baldwin House in Birmingham, MI. I live in Ann Arbor and cannot always be there to help her. She is in need of some assistance and my sisters and I are hoping to find and hire someone in the geriatrics or nursing program. She is not bed-ridden and can still walk with her walker. She is hard-of-hearing and visually challenged. So we need someone who has training and skills to help our Mother with taking her medications, answering questions and providing companionship with empathy and compassion. Can you please help us? Please call me as soon as possible. Thank you. (734) 973-8699

    • oaklandnursing said,

      Hi – I’m sorry – you did not leave your name. You can send this request to Pam Marin ( to see if she would be willing to email it to current students. The Career Services department might also be a good resource for you. Best of luck.

  2. Dan said,

    This helpfil tip will be added to … Enjoy!

  3. david said,

    Thanks for the tips, it’s helpful.

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