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How to Write a Nursing Resume for a Job

How to Write a Nursing Resume
March 10, 2016

Writing a resume has become today a routine for many as more and more people are trying to find a better job. The problem is, however, that most of the resumes look very similar today. It may sound weird but if you take resumes that are written for application to jobs in different industries they may still look pretty much identical. The reason is people just copy-paste job description to their resumes without realizing that a resume should be tailored for each job specifically in order to land an interview. Today we would like to provide some resume tips that should help you understand how to write a nursing resume and how it should be tailored for this healthcare field specifically.

Writing a Resume for a Nurse

A resume written for a nurse should be different from the resume written for a sales manager by the kind of information contained in the document. Obviously, it is easier to have just recent jobs listed along with some educational credentials and that’s it. And you think you are done. But in order to get a nurse job you have to put way more efforts in it than just copy-pasting some nursing job descriptions you find online. Here are the things that are critically important for developing a nursing resume:

  1. All nursing jobs that you had with specific duties listed under each employment. Don’t just say “provided nursing care to patients”. That is not specific enough. Instead, provide details on where you did your nursing job (pediatrics, intensive care unit, oncology, etc).
  2. If possible, quantify your resume. Saying “provided nursing care to patients in pediatrics” is not bad, but there is still room for improvement. For example, “deliver patient-centered care to pediatric caseload of up to 70 patients per shift” sounds much more specific and attractive in the eyes of employers.  If you make use of this resume advice alone you can top a great number of other resumes submitted for the job.
  3. You should list any medical volunteer work that you did in clinics, hospitals, etc. Whatever you did, you should list under a brief section of volunteer experience. This will say more about your attitude to nursing than just saying that you deliver “compassionate patient care” on your resume.
  4. Licensure. This is an important part of every nursing resume. Employers are often interested in what type of licenses you hold (RN, LPN, CRNA, etc.). Also include such information as licensing body and license number expiration date.
  5. You should also list professional affiliations and memberships that are relevant to health care. So if you belong to any of such affiliations then just list the names of affiliations, admission dates, offices held and brief descriptions of your roles.

Now as you know how to write a nursing resume you could start writing and applying for nursing jobs. Just keep in mind that your resume should contain specific keywords for the position you are applying for. The thing is that employers often use applicant tracking systems which select only those resumes that contain certain keywords or specific information. Good luck!

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