The Complete Guide to Writing an Effective Nursing Resume

By JR Hindman on Mon, Oct 22, 2012

nursing resumeClick here for Part 1 of this article.

Professional Nursing Resume Tips

Last time, in the article, “The Complete Guide to Writing an Effective Nursing Resume”, we talked about the growing trend in the healthcare industry. With its exponential growth over the next few decades, today’s a good time to consider a career in nursing. However, with fierce competition especially for experienced nurses, landing the job you want may not be as easy as it seems. That’s why it is important to come up with a sleek and comprehensive professional nursing resume to ensure your spot in the healthcare industry.

  1. If you are an established nursing professional, your resume will look a bit different than someone applying for an entry-level nursing position. First off, I would recommend including a “Summary of Qualifications” or “Areas of Expertise” section at the very top. I suggest a short introduction or objective statement, and then lead to some bulleted points that highlight your most impressive accomplishments in the industry. This is a great opportunity to cram in some strategic keywords that will help you be noticed in HR software applications.  You can use keywords that are found in the job description for the nursing job you plan to apply for, or use more generalized terms like “Medical Terminology”, “Patient Relations”, nursing resumeetc.
  1. Do not go into too much detail about your education, especially if it’s a bit outdated. You should include all of your education and training, but you really don’t need to go into detail unless it is very relevant and recent. If you just took a specialized course in phlebotomy, by all means mention that as one of your strengths. But the main focus should be on your clinical and practical experience in the field because that’s what employers really want to see.
  1. Make sure you mention your level of interaction with patients. Most nursing professionals are very patient-oriented so it’s important for you to include information regarding the types of patients you’ve worked with in various clinical settings.
  1. You don’t need to include references in your professional nursing resume. If a company, hospital, or hiring manager wants to see references from you they will ask. Typically, reference checks are made later in the hiring process, after a series of interviews, and they will let you know if/when you need to submit a list of reference.
  1. As always, don’t overdo it. Too many people have a tendency to write a 3 page novel and pass it off as a professional nursing resume. The best advice I can give you isnursing resume keep it short, keep it succinct, and keep it real. After all, you don’t want to intimidate a hiring manager by giving them Tolstoy to read. Instead, as with any effective marketing tool, you want to give the reader just enough info to leave them wanting to know more. That’s when they call you for an interview and THAT’s when you really sell yourself.


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