Preparing Your Travel Nursing Resume

If you have been in nursing for a while, you probably have a good idea of what a perfect nursing resume is like.

But if your last job was “just to pay the bills” during nursing school, you might like a little more direction.

First things first -- although you do want an easy-to-read resume that is as concise as possible, it should still be long enough to include all the relevant details.

Also, there is no such thing as the perfect resume length. Some people say it should never go beyond a single page, but sometimes that isn't enough to highlight all your distinctions. If you do go over a page, please make sure you stick to a two-page maximum.

HEADER

Start with a great header, including your name, followed by relevant licenses or degrees. For example: Sally Jones, RN. Below your name, include your contact details and address.

OBJECTIVE

Remember when we said you should think about just what you’re looking for? State that here (One sentence, two at most).

SPECIALTY

Next, if you have a speciality, list it, along with the number of years of experience you have in said speciality (or specialities).

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

Any licenses and certifications are vital to the success of your application, so share them clearly and accurately. You want to mention every one you have, using correct significations, a license or certification number, the body who licensed or certified you and the expiration date for each license or certification. If you have a compact license, state that clearly.

WORK HISTORY

The bulk of your application should be in your Professional Experience and Work History section.

Please list all nursing-related experience, including the employer's full name, your title, your start and end dates, what kind of facility you worked at, if it was a teaching or trauma hospital and at what level, the number of beds in the facility, what unit you worked in and how many beds were on that unit (mention if the unit took trauma patients).

Additionally you could outline the caseload or patient ratio, some of your specific duties, patient types and patient age range. Charge duty looks good, so add that too!

COMPUTER SKILLS

List any computer and charting systems with which you are familiar.

REFERENCES

You will need references so include your supervisors' names and contact information as well as other reference names, job titles and contact details.

EDUCATION

Include all your education details. For healthcare-related education, include the institution’s name, address, phone number, when you attended, and what degree you earned.

HONORS

If you have professional affiliations or professional honors or awards, detail them.

ADDITIONAL TIPS

  • If you’ve been a travel nurse before, list all your experience by hospital rather than by agency. You should, of course, list the agency’s name and contact details under each assignment, but highlight each individual assignment.
  • Mention which assignments were permanent and which were travel jobs.
  • If you had any employment gaps of a month or more (even for legitimate reasons), list and explain the gap.
  • Include any volunteer nursing.
  • Use an easy-to-read font.
  • Spell-check!
  • If you’re still using sk8trg1rl92@aol.com, please change your email to something more professional.
  • List jobs in chronological order, most recent to oldest.
  • If you have a LinkedIn profile, consider adding the details to your resume (but in this case, make sure your LinkedIn profile follows the same basic outline as your resume).

Once you have the perfect resume and you've secured the much-wanted interview, make sure you don't go to your interview unprepared.