Resume Writing Tips For Nurses

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By Dan Shir

It does not matter whether you are a new nursing graduate or an experienced nurse looking for new and better opportunities, you must be able to exhibit your skills in a clear, systematic and professional manner.

In order to convince the recruiter that you are the right candidate among the numerous applications, you must be able to communicate through your resume. Writing an interview capturing resume is a tough task, but it still can be done. Furthermore, it’s highly rewarding as you get to land your dream job.

Here is how to write an excellent nursing resume  that will land you an interview.

Indicate your availability in your resume

registered-nurseNursing  is different from other types of professions. One of the major differences is that nursing is conducted all round the clock. Thus, it’s important to let the employer know the shifts you are willing to work on in your resume. Are you willing to work 8, 10, or 12 hours shifts? Are you willing to work during weekends or holidays?

Always give this information even if the job you are applying for has a specific shift. You never know when the employer may change their minds about the shifts after you are already employed. Further, resumes are not usually submitted to particular job advertisements. Actually, most sources show that over 80% jobs are often filled through networking.  Thus including your availability is important for general job inquiries.

Additionally, you should show your readiness to relocate when appropriate. You can give these statements regarding your availability their separate heading or better still incorporate them in your professional summary.

Provide a professional summary of your skills

Give an insight of your resume in a professional summary that showcases an overview of the skills you will bring to your new place of work should you get the job. Paint a picture of what you have to offer by including your specialty area, level of experience and all your top credentials.

State the facility you have worked in

Stating the facility you worked in tells the employer a lot about your experience in very few words. Ensure you know the exact designation of all the facilities you have worked in. If you do not know, find out. Was it long term acute care? Short term acute care?

Include an expertise section

Come up with a bulleted list of the areas you are proficient in and make use of important keywords in your resume. These keywords will help in case of an electronic search. It also gives recruiters a quick view of your capabilities. Your expertise or (key skills if you are entry level and have not worked before) could be nursing specialty areas such as obstetrics or key skills such as case management.

Highlight your accomplishments not just duties

You may be tempted to simply copy and paste the list of duties you carried out as per your job description. However, the problem about doing this is that you will not stand out from the other applicants who have same experience.

Your aim is to try and see what puts you ahead of the pack, what makes you proud the most or you’re most outstanding accomplishments in your previous jobs and then communicate these through compelling statements that are likely to grasp the recruiter’s eyes.

Make use of action verbs, qualities and details that describe what you did and how you did it.


Do not give a list of your references unless you have specifically been requested to do so as part of the application process. Still, your references will need a page of their own. To be on the safe side, you can have about 6 references identified and pick individuals who will positively attest to your skills.

Have you done agency work or travel nursing?

If the answer is yes, give a short summary of this experience. A short sentence would be fine rather than listing all the hospitals you have worked at.

For instance:

TRAVEL NURSE 2010-2014

Worked for different travel agencies on short term assignments across the country. You can list your most unique experiences as a travel nurse.

Now, let’s take a look at a sample resume of licensed practical nurse (LPN)Crystal_xedit

Larry King

(444) 213-98765 | | 55 Oak St. |

Oakland, MT 59715

Professional Summary

Credited LPN with 10 years of experience offering dependable and compassionate care in hospitals and agency staffing. Exceptional interpersonal skills and works efficiently as a team player to deliver results.

Work Experience

Tender care Community Support & Solutions (2013 to Present)
Licensed Practical Nurse

  • Traveled through a 50 mile radius to offer home healthcare services to elderly patients diagnosed with terminal conditions.
  • Assessed and monitored progress of patients
  • Educated families and patients on safe treatment methods of conditions and injuries.

Gertrude’s Children Hospital, Jarratt, VA 2007-2013

Licensed Practical Nurse

  • Provided care and treatment to children with the following diagnoses:
  • Autism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Prematurity, Cerebral Palsy, Velocardiofacial Syndrome and PDD-NOS

Education, Certifications, and Licenses

Kenton College, Atlanta, GA

  • Associates Degree in Practical Nursing, 2006 (GPA: 3.7)

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Charlotte, NC 2007
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Charlotte, NC , 2005

Perth College, Petersburg, VA , MT

  • Nurse’s Aide Program, 2005

Certifications: CPR, 2005 | Gerontology, 2010 | IV Therapy, 2006

Author Bio

Dan is the creator of a website dedicated to provide easy to follow resume examples and writing tips to help you stand out in the crowd. You can also find general career information such as job duty, descriptions, and salary over at Dan’s blog.


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