7 Resume Tips for Nurses

Every person hopes to land on their dream job someday. That is why many do whatever it takes just to get in their dream job, such as attending various seminars and trainings, gaining experiences from certain organizations, and many more. What better way to attract employers and get them to hire you than an attractive resume? You must communicate your value through your resume.

Not only will a winning resume get noticed for the best positions and can facilitate a promotion from your current position, it can also help you negotiate a higher salary. So, yes, below are some tips you might want to consider when making your resume. Good luck, applicant!

  • Present Your Value Proposition in a Qualifications Summary

Lead your resume with a qualifications summary that shows an overview of the value you bring to the table. Show them what you have to offer through including a narrative statement of your goal, specialty area, level of experience and any other top credentials.

  • Add an Expertise Section

A bulleted list of your skill areas integrates important keywords into your resume and gives hiring managers a snapshot of your capabilities. Your expertise could be nursing specialty areas such as pediatrics, obstetrics; or skills (JCAHO standards/compliance, medication administration, case management).

  • Nursing Resumes Must Include The Following Information
  • The locations you’ve been registered as a nurse (if more than one place)
  • The location and GPA where you studied (if above a 3.5)
  • Medical volunteer work (clinics, hospitals, blood drives, etc.)
  • A list of where you did placements in school (and for how long you did them)
  • List your clinical rotations and the hours you worked in each one
  • ALL previous nursing job roles you filled, and a summary of what your duties were in that role. Be very specific to your line of work (Intensive Care Unit, clinic work, nephrology, maternal care unit, thoracic head and neck unit, pediatrics, oncology etc.)
  • Don’t just be general.

Be specific as hiring managers need to know your exact skills and abilities.List your special talents on your resume. Doing so would be a big help for you to stand out and contrast well from your other educational and technical based skills.

  • Highlight Accomplishments, Not Just Duties

You want to point out your edge here, that you’re not like the others. Think about what sets you apart, what you are most proud of, or what you accomplished in your previous roles, not just copy and paste the list of duties you performed as detailed in your job description, and communicate these through action-packed statements that are compelling.

Note that you may use action verbs, quantities, qualities, and details to designate not only what you did, but also how you did it.

  • Quantify Your Resume

When writing a resume, if you can answer the questions “how much?” or “how many?” you should try to include that number as it will give the hiring manager a more vivid picture of your skills and abilities because of the scope it provides.

Example: Supervised up to 10 staff in the 200-bed adolescent unit of a large psychiatric facility, specializing in eating disorders.

  • Highlight Academic Achievements and Nursing Licenses

In your Education section, mention any academic honors, scholarships and fellowships, impressive GPAs and related courses. Those with experience may decide to mention their clinical rotations in the Education section.

Licensure fits nicely in the Education section — include the state where you are licensed and the date achieved. Take note to avoid including the actual number for privacy reasons; employers will ask for a copy of your license later in the hiring process.



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