Community Service and Your Nursing Career

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If you’re in the healthcare job market, you should definitely be considering how you might differentiate yourself from the competition, and community service is one way to round out the ‘story’ your resume tells about your core values and how you show up in the world.

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As nurses, when we think about our careers, we often think of the various positions we’ve held, the facilities or organisations that have employed us, and other aspects of our professional lives. But do we also think of our nursing career in relation to how we can give back to our communities while also building our personal/professional brand?


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Keith Carlson
Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. Keith’s two podcasts, RNFM Radio and The Nurse Keith Show, offer inspiration and practical support to nurses seeking to create meaningful, satisfying lives and careers. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on many social media platforms---including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram - as well as at and Digital Doorway.
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Susan Buckeridge
06 Dec 2019
Excellent short reading session
Bianca Humphrey
15 Dec 2019
This provides a very good point. Nursing is a profession based around people. So anything you do outside of work that involves assistance or caring for others is relevant.
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Joanna Heidenreich
13 Sep 2022
Registered Nurse
Good article, gave me a different perspective on how to take my volunteering and use it as part of job applications.
Samandeep Ahluwalia
26 Jul 2021
Clinton Oon
30 Dec 2019
Valuable insight indeed..! Well thought out..!
Sanjana Prabhakar
14 Dec 2019
Great resource when ch I never thought that at times volunteer work. An prepare a person on better understanding aged / community care
MD Standhardt
29 Dec 2021
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Janine McMahon
10 Dec 2019
Quick, easy, useful read
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Wendy Thorburn
24 May 2023
Enrolled Nurse
Community Services enables people to continue with their life as much as able.
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