If you’re looking for examples of resumes for nurses or a nursing practitioner, check out our template and examples for you to study as a way to perfect your own nursing profile.
The general section on writing a resume will give you some basic principles to follow. No matter what position you’re applying for, remember that the most successful resume usually targets the particular needs of a specific job. A nurse’s resume should follow this practice by identifying the your key skills, accomplishments and experience and matching these talents to the demands of the post.
One of the most telling features of any registered nurse’s resume is the section highlighting professional medical experience, in hospitals, clinics, a doctor’s office or elsewhere. It’s important to understand that simply listing positions that you’ve held may not do enough to convey the range of experience in patient care that you may have; in this case, it will be appropriate to give a concise but specific description of your background in important roles.
Whatever samples you study to develop a nursing resume, make sure your own version is fully personalized and focuses on the jobs you want to apply for.
Contact Information: Make sure to give your name, address, a telephone number you can be reached at during the daytime, and a private email address.
Objective statement/profile: Some employers like to see specific job objective in your resume that relates to the position you are seeking. Make it clear at the outset what kind of nursing job you’re targeting — for example:
- registered nurse (RN) or nurse practitioner
- licensed practical nurse (LPN)
- licensed vocational nurse (LVN)
- certified nursing assistant (CNA)
- home health nurse (HHN)
- occupational health nurse
It’s important to create a statement that does more than simply tell the recruiter what sort of job you’re looking for. Try to link your objective to the requirements of the job and your own specific skills and expertise, such as working in an ER, NICU or ICU.
Professional experience: Here’s where you can list previous positions, highlighting what you achieved in each role as well as listing your duties. A reverse chronological format allows the reader to see the progression of your career to date. Don’t feel obliged to include every post you have occupied, such as entry-level roles, if they are not all relevant to the application you’re making.
Use bullet points and active résumé language to describe the tasks you undertook, what you achieved and the kind of patients you worked with.
Volunteer work: Include any details of community work experience, if they are relevant to the application.
Education: List the name of each school attended, with the name of the city and state. Underneath, state the qualification gained or expected and, if appropriate, the major and minor subject areas.
You may decide to place the education section higher up in your resume (above professional experience) if you are a graduate nurse or newly qualified nurse starting out in your career or if an aspect of your training specifically relates to the post you are applying for.
Professional memberships and affiliations: This is where you can include other information such as membership of professional organizations and societies, and other miscellaneous skills that may be relevant such as knowledge of languages.