Many careers in health care are high pressure and require long training. However, there are other medical careers that are highly rewarding. A career as a patient care technician, or certified nurse assistant, leads you to draw upon a wide set of technical, organizational and personal skills in helping to care for people. A traditional chronological resume may not showcase your full skill set in patient care. Instead, try using a functional resume dividing your experience under functional headings.
Begin your resume using your name and contact information. Your contact information should form a header for your resume, informing the reader of your contact information and name at first glance.
Lead with your education and certifications, especially your certification as a certified patient care technician (CPCT), certified patient care associate (CPCA) or certified nurse technician (CNT). For most jobs, a certification and license in good standing are a requirement.
Chronicle your prior success in patient care under a subject heading titled "Patient Care." Include your previous employers when describing your experience, and state your dates of employment in parentheses the first time you name an employer. For example, "Managed daily care of 20 to 30 critically ill patients with State General Hospital (2010-2012)." A patient care technician will help with feeding, bathing, and assisting patients in walking and going to the bathroom. You will also maintain a patient's room in a clean and safe condition and perform certain minor medical procedures. Demonstrate that you have prior experience in these areas, even if it is not as a certified patient care technician.
List your experience in performing minor medical procedures such as recording an electrocardiogram (EKG) or drawing blood (phlebotomy). List these under a "Medical Procedures" or "Nursing Skills" section. Only list skills you can perform without assistance.
Provide evidence of your organizational skills, as you will likely be managing more than one patient. This can include prior experience in patient care as well as other employment.
Show that you have developed empathy and personal relationship skills. You will be aiding patients as well as their friends and family during very trying times. This may be shown from prior experience in patient care, formal instruction in patient interaction or other work experience where you have had to handle difficult conversations as part of your duties.
Close by providing a list of professional references that can speak to each of these qualities in you. Be sure to ask them for permission, and verify their contact information before listing them on your resume. If you are distributing your resume widely, you may wish to simply add the phrase, "References available upon request."
- PCI Health Training Center: Patient Care Technician/Certified Nurse Assistant
- National Health Career Association: The Certified Patient Care Technician/Associate/Nurse Technician (CPCT/CPCA/CNT)
- Purdue Online Writing Lab: Resume Workshop
- Monster Career Advice: Breaking Tradition with a Functional Resume
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