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Nursing Resume

Posted by travel | August 22, 2012 | Travel Nursing Jobs

Any nursing job you apply for nowadays will require you to submit a resume. Here are a few tips to help you develop a resume that wows the reader and helps you land an interview.

Focus on Readability – Hiring managers and recruiters don’t have a lot of time. Most likely your resume will be one out of hundreds they received that week. Write your resume so that the person is able to find the information they need quickly and easily.

Your contact information should go at the top of the resume, and it should match the contact information on file with the state licensure board. It is certain that hiring agents will check to make sure your license is in order. It will be a lot easier on them and you if the data matches. If need be, update your contact information with the state board.

The content of your resume should be organized so that it is easy to read. Use a conservative font with a minimum 12-point size. The text should be black or dark grey. Avoid using color because it may not translate well if the person makes copies of your resume.

There are a number of resources online that contain examples of formats you can use to arrange the information on your resume. If it has been a few years since the last time you created a resume, you may want to do some research before diving into the task.

Accuracy and Relevancy is Essential to Your Resume - The work experience, skills, and education you put on your resume should be relevant to the position you are applying for. If you are applying to different types of nursing positions, then you should create a resume for each position type. As long as the information is accurate, there shouldn’t be any problems with this. If you have little or no job experience, highlight your community service, education, or relevant accomplishments.

Dressing Up Your  Nursing Resume to Impress - Curriculum Vitae

Not all resume requests will be the same. Some jobs, like those in academia, may require you to submit a curriculum vitae (CV). This type of resume requires you to provide a more extensive description of your professional experience and education. The additional information you’ll need to add to your resume include:

  • Clinical internships or externships, Residencies, or Fellowships
  • Clinical or educational research, Publications
  • Education
  • Academic honors and awards
  • Leadership positions held
  • Clinical or field experience
  • Professional memberships
  • Licensure and/or board certifications
  • Professional honors and awards
  • Languages spoken
  • Medical specialty

If you have never written a curriculum vitae before, look up examples online.

Write a Summary of Your Experience

To hook the attention of potential employers, it is a good idea to summarize your experience at the top of your resume. A short paragraph highlighting your strongest skills and experience should be enough to encourage the hiring agent to keep reading. For example, you could write that you are a medical-surgical nurse with 5 years of experience in the field and Master of Science in Nursing.

Use a Cover Letter

An even better idea is to write a personalized cover letter to the hiring agent. This requires you to do some research to find out who that person is. Once you have a name, use the Internet to find information about the person. You are not stalking them. Rather, you are looking for similar interests you can touch on in your cover letter. For instance, if you notice that you both were a part of the same sorority, you can talk a little bit about how being a member of the sorority helped you develop your interpersonal skills.

The cover letter should sell you, so don’t be afraid to directly connect your experience to the job that you are applying for.

Education and Training

Your potential employer will want to make sure you have been trained in the profession. Therefore, be sure to list your educational accomplishments including any academic awards or honors you earned, specialized training, and credentials. While important, your educational achievements can be put at the bottom of the resume.


Since you are applying for a medical position, you will need to list any and all licenses you have obtained. Start with the highest credential and work downward:

  • LPN / LVN
  • RN
  • BSN/RN
  • AA/RN
  • NP
  • MSN

Clinical Nursing Experience

Your clinical nursing experience is the most important part of the resume and should be as close to the top of the page as possible. While you want to thoroughly describe your experience, use bullet points to highlight the most important things you did in the position. Be certain to list the type of facility or department you worked for (e.g. emergency or prenatal), your workload, and specialty.

In lieu of work experience, list any internships, residencies, and volunteer work you did that are relevant to the position you are applying for.

Though it will take time and effort to craft the perfect resume, it is well worth the investment to obtain your dream job.

Here’s a respiratory therapist resume sample from