How to Write a Resume for Nursing

Focus your nursing resume on experience and versatility.

Focus your nursing resume on experience and versatility.

As a nurse, you have a breadth of experience and have been called upon to accomplish many tasks. Showcasing this on a resume is not simple. Seek to strike a balance between highlighting both your medical prowess and the personal strengths that lend themselves to being a successful nurse. View your resume as the first chance to highlight your organizational and communication skills to a potential employer.

Open your resume with your full legal name and contact information, including mailing address, phone and a personal email. Do not use your current employer's email.

State your career goals and a brief summary of your qualifications in a paragraph to open your resume. Aim for three to four sentences that will immediately inform the reader how long you've been a nurse, what job you're looking for and any special qualifications that you have.

Create an Education section listing your degrees, schools, dates attended and briefly any honors you received while in school. Include in this section your state nursing license as well as the date it will expire; this is the first item a hiring manager will look for to determine whether she can hire you or not. If you are in school and have not yet received your license, list the date you anticipate receiving it.

Fill your Professional Experience section with your prior experience in nursing jobs, including beginning and ending dates as well as a short list of specialized medical experience you gained -- that is, whether you worked in a specialized unit or with uncommon techniques -- as well as personal accomplishments. Nursing takes both medical knowledge and the personal strength to support people in their darkest moments.

End with an Expertise or Specialized Experience section that documents additional expertise that you have acquired through continuing education, non-nursing jobs or any relevant experience that isn't highlighted in your Professional Experience section.

List two to four professional references, such as physicians or administrators you have worked under at previous positions. Obtain permission before listing someone as a reference. Include title, full contact information and how they are related to you professionally, if it is not obvious from your Professional Experiences section.

 

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