Career Services

The GW Center for Career Services offers advice and coaching from a dedicated career counselor, suited to the particular needs of aspiring and newly licensed nurses. We have developed a robust coaching program, guides for writing a resume and cover letter, counseling on interviewing and professional networking, and a variety of recruitment events and workshops. 

Kelly Lawton, your career coach, will work with you — whether you’re a student or graduate of the program — to develop an individualized plan based on your professional goals. She can help you improve your resume and cover letter writing skills, focus and target your job search, develop personal branding and networking strategies, and prepare and practice for interviews.

Make an appointment to meet with Kelly online via WebEx or phone, during which she'll work with you to develop a plan suited to your individual goals. Kelly has extensive experience with nursing students, nursing recruiters and hiring managers. She has a keen eye for what top hospitals and health care organizations look for in the hiring process, so she can help tailor your application to the needs and expectations of a potential employer.

Guides for a Nursing Job Search

We have drafted several guides full of tips and advice on how to draft your resume, write a cover letter and prepare for an interview — all tailored to the particular needs of the nursing field. 

Making an Appointment

Handshake logoYou can make appointments with Kelly Lawton using Handshake, the university’s portal for job postings, resources and professional events. Use your NetID to log in to the Handshake system and make an appointment today. If you have any issues using the Handshake system, contact handshakehelp@gwu.edu.

For Employers and Recruiters

We look forward to working with you and appreciate your commitment to the School of Nursing. If you are interested in participating in our Nursing Panel & Networking Reception held each semester or recruiting our students at an on-campus session, please email Kelly Lawton at kelmil85@gwu.edu and she would be happy to share more details.

If you want to share job openings, RN residency opportunities or other information with GW Nursing students and alumni, those postings are made through Handshake.

Online Resources

Nursing Job Search Websites

  • Handshake — Discover jobs at top hospitals, cutting-edge health care organizations, nonprofits making the world a better place, and more. You can also receive personal recommendations based on your interests, skills, major, location preferences and search history.
  • rn.com — Comprehensive collection of professional education and information resources
  • discovernursing.com — Important information about scholarships and how to build your nursing career
  • advancefornurses.com — Provides the clinical community a variety of career resources and professional development tools to grow in your nursing career and beyond 

International Employment Opportunities

Passport Career is an exclusive online career resource for exploring opportunities around the world. Whether you are seeking a job, an internship, volunteer work, or are studying abroad, this resource provides extensive guidance, strategies, tools and support to help you make your international career move.

GW Nursing students and alumni can access Passport Career in the Handshake system. Just log in to your Handshake profile and, under the Resources section, you will find Resources for Global Job & Internship Opportunities. This page has instructions on how to register, including the registration key for GW students and alumni, and tips to help you get started.

There are also several organizations that offer opportunities for nurses to work abroad:

  • International Council of Nurses — Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all and sound health policies globally 
  • Peace Corps — A service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our generation.
  • Project Hope — Delivers essential medicines and supplies, health expertise and medical training to respond to disasters, prevent disease, promote wellness and save lives around the globe.
  • Doctors Without Borders — Recruits medical, administrative and logistical support personnel to provide medical care to people in crisis in more than 60 countries worldwide. Every year around 3,000 MSF field staff provide lifesaving medical assistance to people who would otherwise be denied access to even the most basic health care.

Federal Government Job Opportunities

  • U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps — Overseen by the Surgeon General, the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is a diverse team of more than 6,700 highly qualified, public health professionals. Driven by a passion to serve the underserved, these men and women fill essential public health leadership and clinical service roles with the Nation’s Federal Government agencies.
  • USAJOBS — The federal government’s official employment site, USAJOBS provides resources to help the right people find the right jobs by connecting job seekers with federal employment opportunities across the United States and around the world.
  • Indian Health Service — An agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. IHS' goal is to assure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people.
  • National Health Service Corps — Helps bring health care to those who need it most. Since 1972, they have been building healthy communities by connecting primary health care providers to areas of the United States with limited access to care. The NHSC offers financial and other support to primary care providers and sites in underserved communities. 

GW Student Organizations

  • GW Student Nurses Association — A student-led organization that focuses on fostering the professional development of future registered nurses. 
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Epsilon Chapter — The GW Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing. This organization advances world health and celebrates nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.
  • EMeRG, GW EMS — The George Washington University Emergency Medical Response Group (EMeRG) is a student-based volunteer organization licensed to provide basic life support and serve the GW Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses. 
  • GlobeMed at GW — A student-founded organization in which GW is one of 56 university chapters, with over 2,000 students promoting numerous global health organizations and commitment to social justice. Chapters educate fellow students on various global health issues and initiatives throughout the year, fundraise for their organization and participate in internships and outside programs through GlobeMed. 
  • Medlife GW — A national organization with a GW Chapter that sends college student volunteers to countries around the globe facing critical health care shortages. For 10 days, students work with a team of local physicians and nurses to deliver medicine, education and development to low-income families everywhere.
  • ISCOPES — An evolving health focused service-learning initiative that places GW students and employees from various fields of study as well as community practitioners and neighbors from around the DC Metro Area in interprofessional learning communities to address bigger picture health issues through smarter service. 
  • Peer Health Exchange at GW — Empowers young people with knowledge, skills and resources to make healthy decisions by training college students to teach a skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country.
  • Global Health Network — Assists students in exploring global health interests outside of the classroom and to make connections with similarly minded people in other organizations, walks of life and levels of experience. 
  • GW Red Cross — This organization practices and exemplifies humanitarian values supported by the American Red Cross. GW Red Cross will also provide resources and community service opportunities for students pursuing medical and health careers. Furthermore, GWU Red Cross provides a community for students interested in volunteer opportunities in health and medicine.

Nursing Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing — The national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.
  • American Nurses Association — The premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.6 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. 
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners — The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, AANP represents the interests of more than 234,000 NPs around the country, advocating for the active role of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care.
  • National Student Nurses' Association — A nonprofit organization for students enrolled in associate, bachelor's, diploma and generic graduate nursing programs. It is dedicated to fostering the professional development of nursing students. NSNA’s mission is to mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, and to convey the standards, ethics, and skills that students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the profession.
  • State Nursing Associations — The American Nurses Association represents the interests of the nation's 3.6 million registered nurses (RNs) through its constituent and state nurses associations and its specialty nursing and affiliate organizations that currently connect to ANA as affiliates. You can find links to each constituent and state nurses association on this website. 
  • National Black Nurses Association — The professional voice for over 200,000 black and African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the United States, Eastern Caribbean and Africa. 
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses — Provides the voice for nearly 2000 member nurses across the United States. NAHN is devoted to promoting safe, quality health care delivery to Hispanic communities and individuals.
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association — A unified force advocating for equity and justice in nursing and health care for ethnic minority populations. The Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association is a proud affiliate of NCEMNA.
  • National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association — A committed group of persons from every corner of the country, dedicated to the health and well-being of the American Indian and Alaska Native people.  
  • Philippine Nurses Association of America — Championing the global competence, welfare, and positive and professional image of the Filipino nurse.