Professional Nursing Resumes
Nurses are found everywhere in modern medical facilities and each type of nurse has a different role to fill. Registered Nurses (RNs) make up the largest group of healthcare workers with close to 3 million employed in the United States alone and over 60% of those jobs are within a hospital setting, so job-seekers in this field experience stiff competition.
With all that competition out there, it’s important that you have the right nursing skills, education, and experience in order to get a leg up amongst your peers. However, it’s even more important that you accurately convey those skill sets in your professional nursing resume. Your resume is your introduction, after all. It’s your key to landing an interview and it’s your ONLY chance to make a memorable first impression. So what kind of impression do you want to make?
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Outlook for the Field of Nursing:
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
- Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.
- Despite the growth of the industry, the field of nursing is expected to become increasingly competitive and employers will be setting the bar a little higher every day with regards to required job training and qualifications.
There are a wide variety of nursing jobs available. Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), and Nurse Practitioners are often the primary point of contact with patients and their families. They perform evaluations, monitor progress, and keep patients informed of the specifics regarding their condition. They must also have an eye for detail when it comes to administering treatment and keeping accurate records. In addition, there are Nursing Supervisors who manage nursing activities within a given facility. These people set work schedules, direct daily operations, and provide professional development for nursing staff.
All nursing jobs requires certain training, certifications, and/or licensure. In all U.S. states and territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To obtain a license, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-RN. Other requirements for licensing vary by state and each state’s board of nursing can give details. Nurses may also become credentialed through professional associations in specialties such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers may insist on it.
All of the aforementioned nursing roles require you to be organized, thorough, and compassionate. Amongst other things, you will be asked to:
- Communicate effectively with patients
- Collaborate with other clinical professionals
- Administer treatments and medication
- Keep accurate charts and documentation
No matter what kind of nurse you are, you need to be confident with your skills in these areas. Moreover, your resume has to effectively capture and display that level of confidence. You need to know your value as an employee and be able to show potential employers that you have the required passion, education, and experience to excel in the position you are applying for. This is true for all resumes in all industries, but even more crucial in the competitive world of healthcare.
Overall, if your nursing resume is not well written it reflects back on you. If it is sloppy, disorganized, or full of errors, then the perception is that so are you. And no one wants that. If your resume isn’t perfect and you aren’t 100% confident in it, then you may be doomed from the get-go. Because landing the perfect job is all about self-belief, and the best way to demonstrate that poise and professionalism is with a great resume!
If you need some assistance with that, I have worked with all levels of nursing professionals, including:
- Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)
- Nursing Assistants – Registered (NA/R)
- Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)
- Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)
- Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)
- Certified Nurse Midwifes (CNM)
- Home Health Aide (HHA)
- Nurse Practitioners (NP)
- Registered Nurses (RN)
So if you would like to make your Nursing Resume more presentable and by extension make yourself more marketable as a job-seeker, send me your info or request a Resume Building Questionnaire for a Free Resume Consultation.
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