Resume Guide: How to Write the Perfect Travel Nursing Resume
If you’ve been in nursing for a while, you probably have a good idea of just what the perfect nursing resume needs, but if you’re 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’s as concise as possible, it’s also wise to stretch out the length in order to include all the relevant details.
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 specialty, list it, coupled with how many years of experience you have in said specialty (or specialties).
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 come from your Professional Experience/Work History section.
Here you’ll want to list all nursing-related experience, including the facility’s full name, your title, your state 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’ll want to 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!
Employers will want to know what computer and charting systems you’re familiar with, so list those.
Of course, you’ll need references so include your supervisor’s name and contact information as well as other reference names, job titles and contact details.
Finally, you’ll want to include 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 and/or professional honors or awards, detail them.
- 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 you’ll want to highlight each individual assignment you took.
- Mention which assignments are permanent and which were travel jobs.
- If you’ve had any gaps in employment for a month or longer (even for a totally legitimate reason), list and explain the gap.
- Done any volunteer nursing? Include it!
- Use an easy-to-read font.
- If you’re still using firstname.lastname@example.org, please change your email to something more professional.
- List jobs in chronological order, newest to oldest
- If you have a LinkedIn, you could add the details to your resume (Your LinkedIn should follow the same basic outline as your resume, though).