Searching for a nursing job in an increased complexity of the labour market: An integrative review of the literature

Giampiera Bulfone, Roberta Fida, Ercole Vellone, Rosaria Alvaro, Alvisa Palese

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Introduction. Recently, the unemployment ratio for nurses at European level reached 9% and an increased among nurses has been reported around the world. In several countries, such as Italy, searching for a nursing job has become a complex challenge. However, factors affecting the success in finding a nursing position have not received attention to date.
Material and methods. Aiming to synthesize the knowledge available on the process of searching for a job as a nurse, an integrative review of the literature was performed. A total of 419 articles were retrieved and 126 studies were eligible. Two researchers working independently have scrutinized the eligible articles. A total of 6 studies have been included and a content analysis was performed.
Results. A content analysis of the studies was performed and the articles were categorized in accordance to the key findings in three themes: 1) voluntary and forced unemployment; 2) strategies adopted by nurses in searching for a job, and 3) factors influencing success in searching for a nursing job. Individual factors may play a great role in finding a nursing job in times of economic crisis. The lack of clinical preparedness and managerial competence perceived by newly graduated nurses may affect their success in searching for a nursing job.
Conclusions. Newly graduated should be prepared to face with the challenging process of finding a nursing job. Different policies have been suggested at individual, faculty and hospital levels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-70
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Nursing Education and Practice
Issue number3
Early online date17 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • Nurse
  • New graduated nurse
  • Job application
  • Employment
  • Successful job search

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