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.
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.
Remember when we said you should think about just what you’re looking for? State that here (One sentence, two at most).
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.
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!
List any computer and charting systems with which you are familiar.
You will need references so include your supervisors' names and contact information as well as other reference names, job titles and contact details.
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.
If you have professional affiliations or professional honors or awards, detail them.
Once you have the perfect resume and you've secured the much-wanted interview, make sure you don't go to your interview unprepared.