An effective nursing resume documents the qualifications of the applicant and helps her stand out in the mind of a prospective employer. It should list schools attended, dates, degrees and professional certifications, such as registered nurse or certified nurse-midwife. A resume career objective is especially important when you wish to apply for a specific opening at a hospital or other health care facility.
Begin nursing resumes with basic information for how prospective employers should contact you if they're interested in hiring you. Include your full name and nursing title, address, telephone or mobile number and email address. Put this information on the top of your resume and on every page.
A career objective clearly underlines your career aims and objectives as a professional nurse. Write your objective as the first section under your contact information. Because this statement makes a first impression on prospective employers, make it well-written, clear and succinct. Tailor it specifically to the role you wish to apply for within the organization, rather than just stating general goals that could apply to any position. For example, include the name of the unit or job title. If you prefer a specific shift, also include that information.
Examples of Targeted Objectives
A new RN graduate might have the following objective: "To use my training and gain additional experience as a valuable member of the health care team in the neonatal unit." An experienced nurse may have a more advanced objective: "To lead the nursing team as supervisor in providing a professional and caring environment in the cancer unit." An experienced emergency room RN may have a different objective: "To use my RN training and experience in trauma care to recognize and help treat life-threatening situations in the emergency room; to help the ER team care for patients in accordance with the highest medical standards." Add additional information as applicable: "Available for any shift. Willing to relocate."
Experience and References
Include all previous clinical training and work experience on your resume. The medical profession needs experienced professionals to keep the margin for error as small as possible. List contact information for supervisors on previous jobs, in addition to other references. This enables prospective employers to contact former supervisors about your nursing skills.
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