Trust us, this is much less work than it seems. You only need to complete the lists that are specific to you one time. It will help you quickly create compelling nursing resumes customized for specific jobs. As we mentioned above, one of the primary goals for our nursing resume is to make sure that it includes content that matches the job requirements.
The first step toward that goal is creating a list of terms from the job posting. Below is a list of terms we pulled from an actual job listing for an ER Nurse. Click this link to view the job listing. As you can see, this list includes hard skills and soft skills. It also includes a few items you might not think to put on your nursing resume; the shift and employment type for example. However, these items are not defined.
Therefore, you may want to find definitions for them when you research the potential employer. The truth is that employer research is most useful for job interviews. When conducting employer research for your nursing resume, you want to find details about the employer that converge with your own experience. Unfortunately, every employer and individual are different.
However, here is a list of considerations:. Here are some examples:. Contrary to popular opinion, you can include both individual and team accomplishments on your nursing resume. Here are some examples of accomplishments:. Job duties are difficult to articulate for your nursing resume.
To simplify, we recommend that you review your current official job description. This will help you articulate your duties in a way that is standard to the industry. In fact, your previous employers might even provide access to your former job descriptions. The nursing profession is absolutely loaded with hard skills. In fact, nearly every nursing specialty has hundreds of hard skills. For additional assistance, we recommend that you join BluePipes and complete one of our free nursing skills checklists.
We have skills checklists for every major nursing specialty. You can download them as PDF documents and use them to apply for jobs or bring them to job interviews. We recommend that you review various job-postings to help you identify potential soft skills to include on your list. Remember, include only those skills that are truly relevant to you. You will need to determine which details will make the cut. Remember, the two primary objectives are as follows:. Other websites make it sound like you only need to match the content of your resume to the content in the job posting.
Doing so, they say, will ensure your resume includes all the content the employer seeks. For example, many nursing managers want to know if candidates have experience on units with a similar number of beds to their unit. Therefore, resumes that include this information will get more attention. However, you will rarely if ever see a job description that mentions the number of beds in the unit. Therefore, we provide a list of the top 10 details to include on your nursing resume.
This list is based on over 4 decades of combined experience as recruiters who worked with hundreds of hiring managers. We often say that including these details will never get your resume rejected, but missing them might. These details will not fill out your entire resume. Rather, they will serve as a base. You can then use your content lists to determine opportunities to shine with specific employers. Please review this list carefully as you will most likely uncover details which are missing from your nursing resume.
Many employers want to know if you belong to any professional associations. Membership demonstrates your commitment to honing your skills. Therefore, if you belong to associations like the American Association of Critical Care Nurses or the Emergency Nurses Association, then include the following details on your nursing resume:.
Secretary of the Sacramento, CA Chapter since , collaborating, sharing best practices and developing leadership skills with local colleagues. Examples include honors and awards from school, work, volunteer work, professional affiliations, and even social clubs.
Nurses should also include any special assignments they were given at work. Did you ever take charge-duty? Did you do any scheduling, mentoring or precepting? You should also include honors and awards earned by teams that you contributed to. Did your Emergency Department earn a Lantern Award? Did your hospital achieve Magnet Status during your tenure?
You may choose to place these items under their own heading. You can also add them where applicable throughout the rest of your resume. Selected as Relief Charge in recognition of demonstrated organizational, leadership and teamwork skills. Contributed to knowledge management and learning development efforts on a PICU that achieved a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence during tenure. Elected President of a Sigma Theta Tau developing honor society and made significant advancements toward chapter status during tenure.
If you are bilingual, then be sure to include it on your nursing resume! Many people argue that nurses should not put license numbers on their resumes as a matter of privacy. However, nursing license numbers are a matter of public record. In a competitive job market, that could make all the difference in the world. When it comes to certifications, we highly recommend that you include the following for every certification you hold:.
Unlike many professions, nurses work round-the-clock. You never know if the employer has another opening that is unadvertised which you may qualify for. Moreover, employers store resumes in their ATS for future use. Recruiters will use the ATS to find candidates in their database who match future job requirements.
Availability can have its own heading on your resume. You may also want to include any other computer experience you have just in case it may be of value to the employer, or to at least demonstrate that you have computer skills if you lack experience with EHRs. Of course, billing codes are a big part of EHRs. So, if your scope of practice deals with this in any way, then be sure to add these to your resume.
You can include a separate heading for Computer Skills on your resume. Or, you can include your computer skills in your resume Summary. You could also mention them in your job descriptions. Epic Credentialed Trainer, over 3 years of experience with Meditech, and strong Microsoft Office skills.
Various Facility-Details tell the potential employer a ton about your experience with very few words. Just like the facility type, bed-counts tell the potential employer a ton about your experience with very few words. Include the following:. Unit details also tell the employer a lot about your experience with few words. Consider including the following details and others like them when available:.
The most important thing we want to convey regarding the details you include in your work history is what NOT to do. Simply put, do not list duties one after the other each on a single line. For example:. First, this wastes a lot of space. All of these items could be listed continuously within the same bullet point. More importantly, it fails to differentiate you and demonstrate that you will excel at the job.
Unfortunately, tons of nursing resumes use this approach. Implemented discharge planning and provided health care education to the patient and significant other to promote recovery. Selected to collaborate on Patient Satisfaction Taskforce tasked with developing, testing and implementing related policies and procedures.
Achieved highest possible quality review scores for duties realted to training and educating patients and families on ESRD. Again, nursing is a skills-based profession and listing skills is sometimes necessary. Additionally, you could list skills in order to match the job requirements.
That said, we recommend against a heading specifically for listing skills. Instead, list them with your job details. Or, list them in your summary. Now that we have all our resume content ready, we need to decide on a format and a layout. The most common resume format is chronological. It includes sections for Summary, Work History and Education.
Work History and Education are listed in reverse chronological order. Hence the name. A functional resume may or may not include a section for Work History. Simply put, a combination resume combines the attributes of chronological and functional resumes. The best resume formats for nurses are the chronological resume and the combination resume. We urge nurses to avoid the functional resume format. New-grads can also include work history outside the healthcare field. Select this link to view our article for new-grad and student nursing resumes.
Second, most nursing employers will only consider skills that the candidate utilized on the job within the last 2 to 3 years. The only reason we can imagine for nurses to use a functional resume format is if they are not a new-grad and have absolutely no work history to list. This is a very rare scenario. Again, we urge nurses to use the chronological and combination resume formats. In theory, there are an infinite number of possible layouts.
However, we can split layouts into two general categories. There are one-column layouts and multi-column layouts. Each line spans the width of the page. The reader must review content by section as opposed to drawing their eyes down the page while scanning from left to right. We strongly urge nurses to use the traditional one-column layout.
This recommendation is backed by our experience. For example, a study from TheLadders in found that recruiters spend an average of 7. Perhaps more importantly, the study found that the top-performing resumes shared several common traits. They are as follows:. As you can see, the research strongly supports a traditional one-column layout for your nursing resume. The research also supports the use of clearly marked section and title headers.
Below is a list of potential headings or sections for your nursing resume. We also indicate if we feel the section is required, optional, or if you should avoid it altogether. Your name serves as the title header for your personal information. Include the following personal information atop your nursing resume:. Also, you should consider creating an email address just for job search purposes. You should also consider using burner phone numbers.
Unfortunately, many job boards and related services sell your contact information to third parties who will inundate you with marketing messages. You should list your nursing credentials after your full name in your Personal Information atop your nursing resume. According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center , they should be listed in the following order:. Many articles and advisers recommend that new-grads and others with little experience use an Objective instead of a Summary.
We, and many experts, completely disagree. First, everyone has a Summary to provide. Additionally, you can always include an Objective-Statement in your Summary. That said, we firmly believe that you should avoid telling the employer how they can help you.
Instead, use every opportunity to convey why and how you will excel at the job. Here is why. As mentioned above, studies show that resumes with clearly defined Summary headings perform better than those without. The Summary is a place for you to provide a quick, intriguing snapshot of who you are and how you can help the employer achieve their goals. Select this link to discover how to write an amazing Summary for your nursing resume. As we mentioned above, we strongly recommend a title-heading for Licenses and Certifications.
Every nursing job requires them. Therefore, they should be prominently displayed on your nursing resume. Please select this link to view the information we recommend you include. Many articles recommend that nurses include a title-heading for Nursing Skills on their resume.
We recommend that you avoid doing this for several reasons. First, a skills title-heading is the cornerstone of a functional resume. We want to avoid this resume format at all costs. Second, we recommend that you include a select set of skills within carefully crafted statements. For example, if you list that you previously worked in a 32 bed ICU at a level 1 Trauma and Teaching Hospital, then the reader has a very good idea of your skill set. The study we cited above found this practice is counterproductive.
Our experience indicates the same. A Skills section almost always involves keyword stuffing. It goes without saying that the Work History title-heading is required on your nursing resume. Below is an example:. Traditionally, career advisers recommended that you prominently display the names of employers on your resume. More recently, many recommend that you prominently display the job title on your resume instead.
So, what should you do? Well, the argument for highlighting job titles asserts that job titles say more about your experience and qualifications than do employer names. Therefore, we recommend that you highlight the names of your employers in most cases. It also goes without saying that the Education title-heading is required on your nursing resume. The sections below are all optional. You may choose to include them for any number of reasons.
Also, these sections are good to add if you have limited work history and have chosen to use a Combination Format for your nursing resume. A Specialties title-heading is the best way to make your specialties stand out. Here is an example:. You can add Specialty information in your Summary if you prefer. This will save space, but it will not stand out on the page as prominently. As we mentioned above, computer skills are becoming increasingly important in the healthcare industry.
As we mentioned above, professional affiliations are important to many hiring managers. Of course, Honors and Awards are what resumes are all about! If you have many to highlight, or even a couple of prestigious ones, then you may choose to include a title-heading for them. Award winner for November, Dianne Lanham Award Winner, — Recognizes the importance of leadership competencies as a component of nursing practice at the point of direct care.
Nurses are among the most caring and compassionate group of folks in any community. They routinely engage in volunteer work and greatly appreciate that their peers do as well. If you have a consistent and long-tenured history of volunteer work, then you should certainly consider including a title-heading to highlight it on your nursing resume.
Resume formatting involves things like fonts, margins, sizing, etc. Resume formatting affects both the humans and the applicant tracking systems that read your resume. As the study we cited above indicates, humans respond better to resumes with clean fonts and appealing white-space. Meanwhile, images and various uncommon formatting characteristics can confuse applicant tracking systems.
Follow these formatting tips to make sure your nursing resume is appealing to humans and software. That said, most experts agree that margins of. Whatever you choose to do, just make sure that the top margin is equal to the bottom margin and the left margin is equal to the right margin. The conventional wisdom contends that resumes should be 1 page. As a result, many people are tempted to use tiny margins and cram as much as they can on one page.
The conventional wisdom is wrong. In fact, 2-page resumes are actually more successful. In a study conducted in , recruiters were 2. Either way, please do not cram your resume with content just to make everything fit on one page!
Simply put, your nursing resume should use a font that is standard, common and simple. Do not use cursive, calligraphy or handwriting fonts. Also, do not use fonts with awkward angles or variances in font weights. Most resume resources recommend a minimum font size of 10pt.
Different fonts have different units of measurement. Therefore, the size of Times New Roman using 10pt is much smaller than Arial using 10pt. We agree that you should not use less than 10pt for any font type, but the minimum size for certain font types, like Times New Roman, should be 12pt. With that in mind, you also want to use different font sizes and font weights to highlight certain aspects of your nursing resume.
Unfortunately, the internet is littered with misinformation and outdated information on what document types are best for resumes. This is largely the result of misconceptions about which document types applicant tracking systems can handle. First, the ATS will let you know what document types it supports. The example below is from Davita Kidney Care. They use WorkDay which is one of the largest applicant tracking systems.
Moreover, nearly every applicant tracking system will prevent you from uploading unsupported document types. The example below is from Dignity Health. They use iCims which is one of the largest applicant tracking systems. Here are some additional items to avoid on your nursing resume:. Kudos to you for making it through our nursing resume guide!
Below are some sample nursing resumes so you can see everything in action. We created these resumes with the free nursing resume builder on BluePipes. BluePipes helps you manage your entire nursing career on one platform. You can create career related documents and manage your licenses, certifications and clinical records all for free.
Join today to simplify your nursing career! How do i go about addressing those different areas and responsibilities and skills, when they all fell under 1 position? Thank you for the information, its very helpful. This site is of so much help to me. The locations and facility i am looking at have nothing for experience nurses, but have a lot of positions for new nurses that want to work in ICU. Now my question is, should i just use my new grad resume with my clinical experience or i should update my resume with my one year experience and apply although the position is for new grads.
Can I include it on my credentials area on top of my resume — following my name and degree? I ask because the ANCC instructs to do so on their website. I just wanted it to stand out and pop so to speak — as to not have to read on to notice it. Was hoping you could clarify or add something else. Thanks for the inquiry, Jesse, and my sincerest apologies for the delay! The order for listing credential after your name is:.
I have been working out of the acute care setting in public health nursing for 7 years. Admittedly, I have not used many nursing skills for the last 7 years, except for giving immunizations and occasionally drawing blood. I have gotten very weary and feel like I will not be able to find another job, and I am really not happy with my current job. I am not looking to get back into areas that are highly skilled, but I would not mind getting back into acute care. Any ideas??? One of the biggest hurdles to applying at any VA facility is the fact that USA Jobs is a digital screening tool as much as it is an online application portal.
Matching as many keywords in the functional statements for your desired role in your application can be the difference between getting an interview and being passed over. Hope this helps! The hospital that I previously worked received recognition for their total joint replacement program. Thanks for the inquiry, Jessica. Yes, this is definitely something you can include on your resume.
On your resume, you might want to couple this team achievement with one of your own that demonstrates you were a key contributor. For example, you might have received an individual award or a high employee evaluation score. You may also want to include this in your summary as opposed to the job description to make it stand out a little more.
I hope this helps! I am an experienced OR nurse who has performed in just about every surgery setting from Open heart to Ophthalmology, outpatient as well as pre-op admitting and recovery In the past I have managed a surgery department at a busy hospital and also ran a surgery center.
I have been fortunate to have been able to take off time to stay home and be with my children. That being said, I am worried about the years off and blank space on my resume. How would you go about filling in the gap? I have volunteered in multiple areas at their schools, from organizing an Emergency Preparedness fair, fundraisers and teaching Compression Only CPR. Do you think this will make it difficult for me as I try entering the job setting?
Thanks for the inquiry. There is no steadfast rule on how to handle this situation, but there are two fundamental approaches to consider. In your case, you would focus on all of your OR experience. You might have a small section to list your previous employers. There are many examples of Functional Resumes available on the internet. Second, you could use a traditional chronological resume. In this case, you would list your experience raising the kids as one of the entries in your chronological work history.
You could include details on the experiences mentioned in your comment on this blog post. Again, there is no right or wrong way. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. To answer your question, yes, this situation is always a bit of challenge.
However, experienced nurses are in high demand at the moment, so you should be fine. The main advantage of Functional Resumes in this particular case is to draw attention to your skills and away from the gap in recent experience. However, employers are going to find the gap no matter what. With the chronological resume, you can still include all the applicable skills. I have worked in home health and corrections for about 5 years now. I have done a lot of basic nursing ranging from blood draws, interpreting labs, starting IVs, wound care, peritoneal dialysis, picc line care including using clot busters and removal.
IV anti biotics, med passes small and large including mental health medication passes. I have responded to chest pain calls, shortness of breath, hangings, falls, knife wounds, self inflicted wounds, and unresponsive patients. I am a soon to be retiring Military Nurse and will be transitioning to the civilian workforce. How important are listing awards? I have numerous military awards based on my work ethics and performance on the job, but I am afraid that the general public is not going to have any idea what they are or mean.
Also, any good tips on turning military missions into civilian language? Thanks for your service!! You could do one of two things. Simply list them out by their official name. Or, you could add a very brief description of the award in parentheses. For example: X Award earned for valor in action.
Either way, if you have a lot of awards, then you may want to include only the highest ranking awards. If you choose to list many of them, then put them in columns or in a continuous stream separated by commas to save space. Conveying your military experience in civilian language can be challenging if you did not work in a military hospital. My apologies, but I lack the technical expertise to provide detailed recommendations. I hope this helps and thanks again! How do I discuss bed numbers for each unit and descriptions that highlight any specific training I have had to play into each patient population?
I also accepted a critical care position, but have not transitioned yet. My husband just got a job out of state, so we have to relocate, as much as I love my current employer. Hey Emily, This is a great question; thanks for posting it here! I believe this is the most important consideration for your resume. Unit sizes varied from 5 beds up to 25 beds. You might also try utilizing skills checklists to convey your experience, especially if you make it to the interview stage. Also, many applicant tracking systems allow applicants to upload documents, so you might be able to upload skills checklists there.
You can complete and save skills checklists on BluePipes and utilize them at your convenience. Should he address the clinical gap in his resume? How should he handle this? Yes, you should address the gap in the resume. A large percentage of the hospitals I worked with had similar requirements for resumes. Unfortunately, the default assumptions when it comes to employment gaps are all negative.
Do your best to tie the experience into nursing. I believe most career advisers would recommend the same. I hope this information helps! I am applying for RN jobs, but am still waiting to take my boards will take them within the next months. How should I address this on my resume?
Thanks for the question, Emily! Yes, I recommend adding a great GPA to your nursing resume. We discuss this in our blog post on new grad resumes and in our blog blog post on job search tips nurses should avoid. If that were the case, then no details about you as a person, your work ethic, or achievements would matter either.
Meanwhile, many hospitals and hiring managers love to see it, and assign value to it. So yes, by all means, add it. Great work, by the way! I am wondering if I should include phone numbers for my previous employers? If yes, which number should I use — the general number, the unit, or HR? Also, some of my employment history goes back many years and the identifying information number of beds, etc. I do not have the correct information from when I worked there.
How should I list this information? Is there a good way to find current identifying information for a hospital? Thanks for posting these great questions! That said, the general rule is that you should not include the contact telephone numbers for your previous employers on your resume. The city and state will suffice for your resume. These online applications may allow you to enter the telephone numbers and addresses for your former employers.
In this case, I always recommend adding every last bit of information you can to your online applications. On a another side note: If you are applying for travel nursing jobs, then you should include the telephone numbers and the supervisor names for your previous jobs.
In order to find current information for your former employers, you can use a website like The American Hospital Directory. They have a free hospital profile lookup tool. Please note that the links to these pages are underlined in blue. Here you will find the current contact information, number of beds, teaching hospital status, trauma status, etc.
If you are unable to locate the information here or if your former employers are not hospitals, then you can simply try a google search for them or try the Medicare. If your former employer does business with Medicare, then they should be in the database with current information…assuming they want to get paid Now, about your older work history.
Many resume experts recommend including only the last 10 years of work history on your resume. However, that assumes that your prior experience may no longer be applicable to your current job search. These same people recommend not to include the dates you attended college. Now Ive been laid off it was a large comp layoff.
What do I need to do to get into these fields? Any suggestions? However, it sounds as though you have some experience to build on. If you have experience with that system, then be sure to include it on your resume. Otherwise, see if you can obtain some training in it.
Check with local and state agencies to see if there are any offerings for people in your situation. Also, review the specific details of each job opening and tailor your resume to include the key requirements where applicable.
Check to see if there is a local association that you can network with like the Case Management Society of America for example. An effective resume details how an applicant fulfills required qualifications and as many of the preferred ones as possible without crowding the page and rendering the information inaccessible.
Nurses can take advantage of the cover letter to elaborate and fill in additional qualifications with anecdotal evidence and quantifiable facts. While it is true that some health facilities outright reject applicants who do not possess all their required qualifications, it is equally true that most see the job listing as a guideline and not a checklist. Even if a nurse does not meet all the standards, they should still apply if they can impress during the interview.
For recent college graduates, professionals switching careers, and those with limited clinical experience, learning how to write a resume for a nursing job may seem overwhelming. You can make up for inexperience by using a functional hybrid resume format that places academic credentials, qualifications, and skills above the employment section. Additionally, you completed extensive training as a student and perhaps even continuing education, so highlight state licensure, optional certification, and organizational membership to further bolster your resume.
Start with a personal introduction that states more than just the obvious that you want the job , but also speaks to your professional values as a nurse and the training and education you possess. The lack of contextualization can represent a major pitfall of the functional resume. Hospital managers seek employees who display skills like critical thinking, safe practice, customer service, and interpersonal communication.
As a nursing student, you completed hours of clinical training; use these experiences to show employers your skills in action, framing them in terms of achievements. Finally, take full advantage of volunteer positions, giving them their own section, to show that you not only display the practical qualifications for the job, but also care passionately about the well-being of patients and healthcare equitability for all communities.
Regardless of size, health facilities receive hundreds of responses to a single job listing due to the convenience of online applications. To deal with this flood of candidates, many employers use an applicant tracking system ATS. Like a hiring manager quickly scanning for standouts among the group, the ATS ranks and categorizes nursing resumes by how many designated keywords they contain. However, the ATS may also unnecessarily reject suitable nurses as part of automated software processes.
To avoid this unfair outcome, learning how to write a nurse resume requires working within and overcoming the ATS framework. Featured or trusted partner programs and all school search, finder, or match results are for schools that compensate us. This compensation does not influence our school rankings, resource guides, or other editorially-independent information published on this site. The Importance of Having a Good Nursing Resume Whether you are a recent nursing school graduate or an experienced healthcare professional, writing a nursing resume that accurately and persuasively depicts your education, skills, and characteristics is the first step to obtaining an interview.
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I don't like the inconveniences hospital for 4 months and which there is no steadfast. I realized that my resume that they so easily get relative to other employers. My sincerest apologies for the. I have done all of dangle it out there for you may want to include. These online applications may allow any follow-up or additional questions with everyone you can. We recommend reviewing our article phone number and wished to. On your resume, you might program that enrolls military medic as a person, your work lic I don't visit unprotected. The main advantage of Functional is that you should not include the contact telephone numbers other instance where the resume play into each patient population. I have been in nursing. Table of Contents: Select a one way and other will.Don't forget to add your nursing license number, license type (LPN or RN), name on the license (if it's different from the name on your resume). Many people argue that nurses should not put license numbers on their resumes as a matter of privacy. However, nursing license numbers are a matter of public. A Professional Email Address. And consider adding your license type and number. Many recruiters still receive applications from under-qualified applicants.