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Nursing: Job Application Process

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Amelia Long / Kim Shaw

on 21 August 2018

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Transcript of Nursing: Job Application Process

Practicum Placements/Internships/Employment

Bullet points with concise statements for
(2-3 lines per bullet point)

What did you do that was outside your paid/unpaid remit?

How did you stand out from your workmates?

Verbs (action words) to begin each point: 'implemented', 'assessed',

Consistent tense and phrasing

ACTIVE rather than the passive. Words like 'involved in', 'attended', 'assisted' are passive.

Relevant to duty statement and selection criteria
Focus on
what you can do for the employer
– NOT what you want from them.
Capture the employer's attention and answer the question:
“Why should we interview you?”
Employers can also assess immediately a number of your qualities including
written communication skills, attention to detail, spelling and grammar
Indicate how your background links with the company, the job and provide examples where possible
Tailor each letter to the position
– Absolutely crucial!
Cover Letters
Selection Criteria, Résumé, and Cover Letter

What if I don't have any relevant experience?
What if I've had jobs that involved similar skills - do I have to list them separately for each job?
How do I make my CV stand out from all the others?
Do I need to include my interests/extracurricular activities?

can I list as professional referees?
Selection Criteria Statements
Pick examples:
- most relevant to employer
have challenge or risk
- balance of independence & supervision
range of people involved
- measurable outcomes (evidence)
address essential AND desirable criteria
Write the heading of the Selection Criteria EXACTLY how it is presented in the advertisement
Provide overview sentence stating your understanding of the question and why it is important. Use this also to give breadth of criteria experience then depth with the specific example.
Be aware of key expressions and levels required in each
Use concrete examples to support your claim
Substantiate your examples with indicators of how well you did them. e.g. results, feedback, goal achieved etc
Break down each and address all parts thoroughly
in separate paragraphs
When addressing knowledge criteria: describe the type of knowledge you have, how you acquired it and when you have used it
If you do not have the knowledge, provide evidence of your efforts to acquire it, or your willingness to participate in on-the-job training
Professional format with a title, job name and date at the top and your name with page numbers (e.g. page 1 of 4) as a footer

keep it to 2-3 pages maximum
use reverse chronological order when listing your education, work history and anything else with dates
keep your formatting consistent.
avoid tables as they take up space and can change format when sent.
leave a reasonable margin for employers to
make notes in (2.0cm)
show evidence of skills applied
understand that this is a 10-30 second 'highlights of you', designed to get you shortlisted and gain you an interview, so make it stand out
Common Grad Nurse Selection Criteria
Current registration as a Registered Nurse with AHPRA
Demonstrated clinical knowledge and experience in the delivery of evidence based nursing care within the practice setting.
Demonstrated effective interpersonal, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.
Knowledge and experience in the Quality Improvement Cycle and patient safety initiatives.
Demonstrated ability and commitment to uphold and promote the 'hospital' core values.
Demonstrated ability to work within a multidisciplinary team environment.
Demonstrate how you ensure own practice is of the highest professional standard.
Demonstrate your knowledge of legislation, standards and policies within your clinical practice.
Demonstrate how you have considered the rights of an individual or group.
Ability to use initiative, self motivation, work as a team member with minimal supervision.
Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care.
SAO/STAR Models:
Commonly used to address selection criteria related to
skills and values.

Example of communication skills:

e.g. Final practicum on a General Medical Ward. Patient assigned to me was anxious and avoiding medication.
ask (aim)

– My aim was to calm the patient and ensure medication was taken.
– I spoke softly to the patient, adjusting body language and eye contact to identify the patient's concerns and educate her on the purpose of the medication.
– My actions calmed the patient who then agreed to take her medication. The patient also thanked me for taking the time to listen to her and explain the importance of this medication.
Tips to Remember:
Other samples of nursing job applications
1. Eligible for registration in the category of Registered Nurse by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (finite)
2. Demonstrated competent nursing practice with the capacity to develop competency in dialysis. (experience)
3. Demonstrated competence in planning, coordination and decision making in the management of patients, within the relevant practice setting. (experience)
4. Demonstrated ability to function as a team leader and team member (skills-based)
5. Demonstrated effective communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills (skills-based)
6. Demonstrated incorporation of quality and risk management within practice. (experience)
7. Current knowledge of legislative obligations for Equal Opportunity, Disability Services and Occupational Safety and Health, and how these impact on employment and service delivery. (knowledge)
8. Knowledge of the WA Health Aboriginal Cultural Learning Framework.(knowledge)

1. Knowledge of current health issues and the organisational culture of rural health services. (knowledge)
2. Demonstrated computer skills (skills)

Registered Nurse (Dialysis)
Job seeker mindset
Employer = Customer
Your Skills = Product

We are all self employed!
Where to start?
Give an overview of the situation, particularly the challenge or risk that you used your skill to resolve, including aspects that make this situation complex such a time limits or number of people involved.

Task / Aim
State your aim or plan. This should relate to reducing, managing or removing the challenge or risk you identified in your situation.


Describe, in detail, the steps you are taking to achieve your aim (noted in your task section). This section is the essence of HOW you show you can apply a particular skill.

Your result needs to show that you have met the aim stated in your Task section. It is also important to state who can back this up such as positive feedback from a supervisor, colleague or customer.
STAR formula
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