Nursing Resumes
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Resume Overview
The purpose of a resume is to get an interview
 Be interesting; make whoever reads your resume view you as valuable
to their cause
A resume is a marketing piece
 Highlight your strong points
 Skills & Accomplishments
 Education
 Professional or Relevant experience
Customize each resume to the job for which you are applying
Read the job descriptions carefully to insert keywords & identify the skills
they are targeting
Know your audience – use nursing specific terminology
Demonstrate Value
Employers have in mind:
 “How can you be valuable to us?”
 “Value” = skills, accomplishments, education and
 Successful job seekers understand their unique
combination of skills, education and experience and
articulate their value to employers.
It takes on average 10 – 30 seconds to review a resume the first
Most significant part of the resume is the top half of page –
must give evidence of a good “match” to the position
Resume Components
Contact Information
Summary of Qualifications
Education/Training and Credentials/Licensing
Honors and Awards
Professional Experience
Research/Internship Experience
Professional Association Memberships
Leadership and/or Community Service Experience
Languages and International Travel
Name and Contact Information
Email & phone number are important, address optional
 LinkedIn profile address or eportfolio link
 Contact information can go all on one line to save space and on
each page as a header or footer
 Use a professional looking email (i.e. not
Jane Smith
345 Grebhorn Lane. Lookout, WA 98165 | C: 123-543-2121 | E:
Summary of Qualifications
Highlight skills and experience specific to the job description
Try not to use skills that everybody has, or that are generally
expected (ex: Hard worker, proficiency in Microsoft Word)
Skilled LPN offering expertise in pediatric, geriatric, rehabilitative and postoperative care. Consistently earned praise from patients, family members
and supervising clinical directors for delivering excellent nursing care.
Dedicated registered nurse (RN) with specialty experience in
psychiatric/mental health nursing. Developed strong psychiatric-evaluation
and treatment-planning skills through recent internship at Pennsylvania
Department of Corrections. Knowledge of psychotropic medication
administration, management and training.
Reliable, ethical healthcare provider with ability to stay calm and intervene
during crises, facilitate groups and educational seminars, and collaborate on
multidisciplinary teams. Proven ability to build positive relationships with
patients, family members, physicians and other medical professionals.
Education, Licensing & Certifications
Your degree and expected graduation date
GPA if above 3.5 or if required by company
Relevant coursework, projects, awards, deans list, scholarships
Describe in relative detail the process by which you learned a skill
Group projects, research and presentations are good to use here, they
can show your demonstrated ability
Registered Nurse, Washington Board of Nursing (License No. XXXXX)
Bachelor of Nursing, University of Washington, Bothell Washington
Certified Public Health Nurse (PHN)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider (PALS)
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider (ACLS)
Trauma Nurse Core Course Provider (TNCC)
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
Expected Graduation June, 2013
Skills to focus on in coursework
No matter what you major in, you need excellent writing skills and
eloquent speaking skills. The Association of American Colleges
and Universities recently asked employers who hire at least 25%
of their workforce from two- or four-year colleges what they
want institutions to teach. The answers did not suggest a
narrow focus. Instead:
 89% said they wanted more emphasis on “the ability to
effectively communicate orally and in writing”
 81% asked for better “critical thinking and analytical reasoning
 70% were looking for “the ability to innovate and be creative”
From Zernike, Making College `Relevant’, The New York Times, 2009
Professional Experience
Relevant (Work) Experience
 Internships,
volunteer, or professional experience
applicable to this position
 Be
specific; “worked at a hospital” doesn’t tell anyone
anything useful
 Use action verbs
 Quantify wherever possible;
number of patients served or co-workers managed
how often you made a status report
% of improved efficiency
Professional Experience Example
Registered Nurse, Simmons In-Home Nursing Service, 2011 - 2012
 Wound Dressing & Care | Ventilator & Tracheostomy Suctioning/Care | G-Tube
Feedings & Care | Respiratory Treatments & Assessments | IV Therapy | Patient
Bathing & Hygiene Assistance | Glucose Checks & Blood Pressure Monitoring |
Rehabilitation Therapy
 Traveled throughout 40-mile territory to provide home-healthcare services to
pediatric, adult and elderly patients diagnosed with chronic/terminal conditions,
convalescing from surgical procedures or recovering from serious illnesses
 Followed rehabilitation and treatment plans to accelerate patient recovery;
minimize pain, discomfort, infections and complications; and optimize patient
 Assessed, monitored and documented patient progress, symptoms and vital
signs on each visit
 Educated clients and their families on the safe treatment of injuries, illnesses
and conditions
Resume Format
First impressions are important
Use professional consistent styles, punctuation
and fonts
Chronological, Functional and Combination
Resume “real estate” and page layout centering/lining up parts of the resume
Utilize bullets in order of importance
1 –2 pages at most
Importance of Keywords
Skills keywords would be:
• computer skills, management, bilingual/Spanish,
multitasking, public speaking, teaching, organizational
skills, leadership, training, and counseling.
Credentials/experience keywords:
• RN, BSN, nurse practitioner, critical care, I.V. certified, CPR
certified, pediatrics, quality improvement, ventilator
management, chemotherapy administration, oncology,
trauma, clinical research, case management, phlebotomy,
managed care or project management.
Cardillo, Donna, RN, Keywords are Key to Getting Your Online Resume Read, NurseLink
Getting Started
Personal data
Brief sentence or paragraph describing your skills* - Ask yourself: what is
your caregiver or nurse practitioner philosophy?
Education, Certification and Licensure
Honors & Awards
Laundry list of professional experience and accomplishments
Use industry and job description keywords
Resume Checklist
Make your resume visually appealing, easy to read, and consistent in
resume style and format. Don’t make the employer guess on your
reasoning or your meaning. Example: If you put dates for one job, put
them in for all. Don’t use acronyms unless you explain them first.
Maximize the space on your resume. Don’t waste an entire line on
your page for one to three words.
Keep it to one page (two pages dependent on professional level
relevant to the position).
Choose a resume style for your particular skill level/work history. For
suggestions on what style to choose, view outlines and sample
resumes on the UW Bothell Career Center website.
Spell and grammar check. Keep the correct verb tense. Use past
tense for previous jobs and present tense for current jobs. Don’t use
personal pronouns.
Resume Checklist continued…
Immediately impress the reader – be job specific, customize.
State up front in your objective and the job for which you are
Include keywords from the job description.
In choosing what character traits, skills, accomplishments, academic
knowledge and employment history you are going to highlight, focus
on the employer’s needs and job requirements.
In your bullets, not only communicate your job responsibilities; but
also make sure to include the abilities and skills that made you
successful in performing those. Stress your productivity in terms of
your potential for solving employer’s problems. Quantify whenever
possible. Numbers help to draw the eye and stand out.
Sample Resumes
Cover Letters
Explain why you are sending a resume
 Tell specifically how you learned about the position or
the organization
 Convince the reader to look at your resume.
 Call attention to elements of your background relevant
to the position. Be specific, use examples
 Reflect your attitude and interest in the position
 Provide or refer to any information specifically
 Indicate what you will do to follow-up
Choose the Right Reference
A good reference: A professor in whose class you earned a good grade or an employer
who has commented positively about your work.
A great reference: In addition to the above, they can comment on your personality and
Academic Reference…. Consider any Professor:
who has seen your best academic work
that you engaged with in a quarter-long special topics or research project
Work Reference… Consider any Employer:
where you received promotions
where you completed any special projects
where you can qualify or quantify your contribution to the organization
that you left the organization on good terms
with whom you still communicate
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