Complete Guide toWriting a Nursing Resume

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CareRev - Fort Lauderdale, FL 4.5

Certified Nursing Assistant CNA - Per diem / Flexible Shifts. Check your inbox for an email confirmation. CareRev is the future of work.

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We expect everyone to be a team player as we strive to create a comfortable, non-hierarchical environment for the entire team. This is a NEW ROLE for our team!

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CareRev - Milwaukee, WI 4.5

Acute Care Certified Nursing Assistant - Per Diem / Flexible Shifts. Check your inbox for an email confirmation. CareRev is the future of work.

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College of Western Idaho - Nampa, ID 4.2

The Nursing Assistant training course. Work with the Assistant Director, Job Corps Development Operations and WD Nursing. Performs other duties as assigned.

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Cigna - Hartford, CT 3.7

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Certified Nursing Assistant CNA - Per diem / Flexible Shifts. Check your inbox for an email confirmation. CareRev is the future of work.

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Complete Guide toWriting a Nursing Resume

Nursing is one of the fastest growing fields, so it has a lot of growth opportunities. This guide to writing a nursing job resume will help you demonstrate to a hiring manager that you are the best candidate for the job.

What is a resume?

A resume is a one- to two-page document covering a person's job experience in the field. For nursing, it is used to showcase a potential candidate's specific skills, qualifications and experience to an employer looking to fill a job opening. Since a resume serves as the first impression you make, it is vital that it:

  • Looks professional
  • Is error-free
  • Is well organized
  • Is easy to read

The nine typical components of a nursing resume include:

  1. Contact Information
  2. Objective
  3. Qualifications Summary
  4. Relevant Nursing/Clinical Experience
  5. Other Employment Experience
  6. Skills Summary/Key Skills
  7. Education/Licenses/Certifications/Relevant Coursework/Training
  8. Professional Affiliations
  9. Volunteer Work

Nurses who are looking for leadership roles or applying to jobs at academic institutions might want to use a professional curriculum vitae (CV) instead of a resume. A CV includes all the same information as a resume, but it is a more detailed document that contains sections about your professional publications, presentations and committee work. It should also focus more on highlighting what you do to give back to the community.

Researching a resume

You should take some time to review professional nursing resume examples before you begin to write. This will help you identify potential content, such as what tone to use and which skills to include, that might be helpful for your resume. Remember to make sure to look at resumes that match your specific job title. When looking at resumes, be sure to choose a template. You want to make sure that you choose one that is specific to nursing, so consider using a CV template for higher-up positions.

It is a good idea to start by making resume content lists for:

  • Terms from the specific job posting
  • Words found from research on the potential employer's website
  • Your current and past achievements
  • Your accomplishments from current and former posts
  • Your duties from current and prior positions
  • Your hard and soft nursing skills

Once you have created your lists, it is easy to plug in the information to match the job requirements of the position for which you are applying. To do this, create a list of terms found in the job posting to which you are interested in applying and then match those skills to your own experience. By doing this successfully, it is another way for you to demonstrate how you are a good fit for the job.

Writing your resume

Your resume should begin with a header that contains your complete contact information. A nursing resume should include general information like your name, phone number and professional email address. However, it should also include additional details, including your license type and number.

A nursing resume objective should demonstrate to hiring managers that you are a competent and compassionate caregiver. To do this, clarify why your skills, education, certifications and prior achievements will benefit the types of patients who are treated at the facility at which you are applying. A good example objective may read something like "pediatric RN with 10+ years of experience providing quality care to pediatric patients in the intensive and neonatal care units of a hospital. Seeking to leverage my experience and knowledge of working in pediatrics to effectively fill the nursing position at your hospital."

When it comes to education, you should list your highest degree first on your nursing resume since it is a permanent qualification, followed by lower degrees. Additionally, make sure to include the name of the school(s) from you graduated, the dates you entered and left school, the degree that you obtained, the location of your school and your GPA if it was noteworthy.

Most of the skills you include on your nursing resume should match the qualifications listed on the job description. A nursing resume should consist of four categories of skills, which include:

  • Basic care: wound care and dressing, patient education, medicine administration and glucose checks
  • Technical: monitoring mother's vital signs and fetal heart rate, rehabilitation therapy and G-tube feeding and care
  • Computer: electronic medical records (EMR), billing codes, Epic software, Meditech and electronic health records (EHR)
  • Administration: recordkeeping, budgeting, training with other nurses, care and discharge planning and recording patient vitals

When describing your experience on a resume, always use action verbs. Some useful action verbs for a nursing resume include administered, assisted, communicated, delegated, developed, educated, evaluated, helped, listened, observed, performed and responded.

You should also highlight any achievements you’ve earned throughout your nursing career. For example, be sure to call out any policies or procedures you’ve established or honors or awards you’ve received.

As with any other job, you should list your relevant software and language skills. Besides the usual suite of Microsoft Office products, be sure to include your experience with different electronic health care records as well as Epic and Meditech. Don’t forget to include if you know any other languages as being bilingual is a highly desired skill in the nursing industry. The two most advantageous languages to know are Spanish and Russian.

Finally, make sure that your resume is easy on the eyes. First and foremost, you want your resume to be readable. To that end, the font you use should be simple and clean, like Arial. Using a pop of color can make your resume stand out in a sea of black and white. Just make sure that the color you use isn’t too bright or light against a white background.

Wrapping it up

It is crucial always to proofread. Although word processing software catches most spelling and grammar errors, some mistakes can still slip through. You also want to make sure you don't include anything that isn't necessary for the position. If you need another set of eyes, then you can run your work through an online service dedicated to grammar and spelling or give it to someone else to proofread.

Always save your resume correctly and in multiple formats. It is best to send employers your resume as a PDF because it will preserve its formatting. However, some employers prefer to receive a resume as a Word document, so be vigilant in checking the requirements. Also, if you are handing in a paper copy of your resume, ensure that you print it on good quality paper.

Common mistakes and tips on avoiding

It will make it harder for the hiring manager to see why you are qualified for a nursing position if you clutter your resume with irrelevant work experience. Only include things on your resume that demonstrate your ability to perform a particular job. If you are unsure if something should be on your resume or CV, remember that friends, family and other professionals can be an invaluable source of feedback.

If you have gaps in your work history, be honest about them, and whenever possible, show hiring managers how those gaps helped you prepare for this job.

Potential employers want to be able to quickly read your resume. For nurses, the best resume format is reverse chronological order with clearly marked sections and titled headers. Keep a simple layout or use a resume builder to ensure that your resume stays organized.

Grammatical errors and typos are also common when writing resumes. For nursing resumes, you will likely use a lot of medical terms. Be sure to double and triple check that they are spelled correctly.

A common mistake that is seen in nursing resumes is the lack of appropriate keywords. As mentioned earlier in this guide to writing a nursing resume, you want to be sure to scan the original job posting for action verbs to use in your resume.