5 Valuable Tips for Writing a Strong Nursing Resume

The average number of resumes an HR Generalist reads to fill an open nursing position is 97. Usually, only 4% of applicants land an interview. You need your nursing resume to stand out! Here are five tips for making your nursing resume strong, interesting, and unique.

Lead with Your Most Valuable Qualifications.

Offer a narrative statement of your most compelling qualifications, including your nursing goals, top credentials, and specialty experience.

Jennifer Higgins, a Medical HR Generalist based in Central Ohio, shared, “I have mere moments to decide if a resume is a potentially viable candidate to fill a nurse position. I need to see the most valuable qualifications first, to determine which I continue to pursue and which I pass on.” You worked hard to achieve the credentials behind your name. Let them show the value your qualifications bring to an institution.

Establish your Value with Detailed Experience.

Give the hiring manager reading your resume a full picture of your qualifications with details of your prior experience. Be very specific in explaining what you did in each facility. Include the type of facility, your typical caseload of patients, and any special duties outside of your patients as well.

Offer precise tasks you encountered daily in previous positions. If you were a supervisor, share how many people you were in charge of. Give the number of beds in your unit and what your unit specialized in. If your duties required distinct certifications, explain when you earned them.

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Demonstrate the Assets of Your Individual Personality.

HR Reps are looking for unique reasons to add your nursing resume to their “interview pile.” Make sure to not just list you are “adaptable and caring,” but show how you served your former employer, patients, and community through detailed explanations specific to your former job. Don’t skimp on the good stuff. Offer the whole story by illuminating the adaptable and caring personality you have.

Highlight projects you participated in such as:

  • Launching new services for patients
  • Boards or committees you served on
  • Community seminars you planned and executed

Pinpoint examples of your compassionate care by explaining:

  • Your patient-advocacy skills
  • Aptness for training new employees
  • Ability to assist to achieve facility accreditation in a timely manner

Highlight your Educational and Professional Achievements.

Mention any academic honors, scholarships or fellowships you’ve been granted. If you have recently graduated, include your GPA. For those more experienced, mention clinical rotations.

The educational section of your resume is also where you list in what states and the date(s) you were licensed. Do not add the actual license number, for privacy reasons. If you are hired, employers will require the license number then.

Provide Accurate References.

Always give the most accurate contact information for all of your references. Follow up with references so they know to expect contact with your new potential employer. Update phone numbers, titles, or facility moves for each reference. Never give a reference you no longer have contact with, or had no direct professional experience with you.

Whether you are changing careers to enter the nursing field, or are an established nurse looking for a change, your skills are needed in the industry. Use these tips to help employers realize the qualified candidate that you are.

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