Sample Nurse Resume
A sample nursing resume can be constructed in a variety of ways.
There are three basic formats that a sample nursing resume can take.
Chronological nurse resume is a resume listing work
experience from most recent to your first employment experience last.
Sometimes referred to as a reverse chronological resume. This a great
resume for someone with an unbroken work history and who has been working for a
Functional nurse resume is one that focuses on
skill areas and ability. It lists areas such as Manager, Quality Assurance
and Home Health Nurse and lists your major accomplishments and skills in those
areas. You usually leave out dates of employment. This is a great resume
for someone with a variety of experiences or who is looking to change from one
area to another. it also is a good sample nurse resume to use if you are
returning to the work force after a prolonged hiatus such as staying home until
the kids are in school.
Combination nurse resume is one that combines the
chronological and functional resumes together. It would list your major skill
areas with employers worked for and the dates worked with most recent first.
The traditional resume is also known as a chronological resume.
It lists your accomplishments and previous work experience in order.
usually the most recent experience is listed first and the list proceeds in
reverse chronology. For a chronological nursing resume the layout would be:
Name: Be sure to include full contact information
on your nursing resume. The employer will need this to call you for a job
interview and to let you know if you get the job.
Objective: Your goal is to get this job offered by
the nursing employer. A brief statement outlining your unique
qualifications that maek you ideally suited for this employer. This should
always be targeted towards a specific employment experience. So, if you
are applying for an ICU job you wouldn't put how qualified you are for a
psychiatric nurse job here.
Work Experience: List in chronological order, with the
most recent first, all the jobs you have held since you graduated from nursing
school. As briefly as possible include Job title, dates employed,
name of employer, one paragraph description of your principle responsibilities
and top 3-4 accomplishments while working there.
Education: List of colleges attended with most recent
first. Include year attended, major or degree concentration i.e.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Associate of Arts & Sciences, and degree
obtained. Include certificates of special training such as ACLS, BLS, PALS
or TNCC. Also be sure to certifications in speciality nursing areas such
as CCRN or Med-Surg Nursing.
Affiliations: List all of your professional memberships,
state associations and leadership roles in them. For example;
Washington State Nurses Association Local District Secretary 08/2005 to 08/2007
Skills: list special skills here. I.e. BLS
instructor or Informatics skills. be sure to list skill level and years of
experience. for example BLS Instructor, Expert, 4 years.
Languages: Depending on the region a knowledge of Spanish
is a big plus. Consider becoming at least proficient in medical Spanish
Additional Information: Include a brief statement here
about any other information relevant to the position you are seeking such as
willingness to work week-ends or evening shifts. Be sure to include data
about leadership or specials roles held while working for other employers that
may have been out of the usual scope. Serving on an ethics committee or
nurse practice committee may be worth mentioning here if you did not include it
in the top 3-4 accomplishments in the work experience section.
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