In this tough economy, it has been difficult for nursing students to find jobs once they graduate nursing school. As Vice President of the Massachusetts Student Nurses Association (MASNA), it was important for me to help students anticipate the challenges of the job market and help overcome them. I have been to many events as a nursing student, but this career forum was different because I was part of the planning process. It was held on March 24, 2011 at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. Over one-hundred students attended the event so I was very pleased with the outcome given all of the hard work the board of directors put into making it a success.
The attendees seemed to have enjoyed the career forum as well. Nurse recruiters provided insight into nursing positions and gave really good advice on the Do’s and Don’ts of interviewing. I also think that students enjoyed the New Grad panel because they were able to ask questions to nurses who were recently in their positions and landed a job in Boston soon after they graduated. At the very end, students were able to network with members from the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN).
MASNA was fortunate to have been able to raffle out a free iPad because of its sponsorship with Kaplan. We also sold t-shirts and half of the proceeds went to the Red Cross for the Japan Tsunami cause. Overall, I feel that the structure of this event helped draw the students to learn about the job market and to network with students and nurses from all over Massachusetts.