We have created a great Nurse Resume Template and Tips for Registered Nurses. First and foremost, remember that the primary aim of your Resume is to gain the employer’s interest so that you are invited in for an Interview. If you are not getting Interviews, then you MUST improve your Resume.
So what should your Nurse’s Resume look like? Quite simply, it MUST be an easy to read document that clearly outlines your Qualifications, Skills and Employment History.
Your Resume should be a maximum of 4 pages. If it is longer then you need to edit or summarise information and/or consider reformatting. Have you included too much detail for each job? Is there too much wasted white space? As a rule of thumb, each job that you have performed should take up no more than a ¼ of a page.
What you put into your Nurse’s Resume is important, but so is what you leave out! To avoid unfair discrimination – which should not happen but does! – your Nursing Resume does NOT need to include:
- Date of Birth
- Marital Status
- Number of Children
One of the most common questions that we get asked as Professional Resume Writers, is ‘ What are the main Headings to include in my Nursing Resume?’
To assist with this, we have provided the following Nurse Resume Template. It includes the all of the Headings to include in your Nursing Resume, what details to include under each Heading and expert Tips for each section.
Nurse Resume Template: suitable for Registered & Enrolled Nurses, PCA’s and Support Workers
Name, Address, mobile phone number and email address.
Contact Information Tips:
- You DO NOT need to include your Home Telephone number, a mobile number is widely accepted as the best option for first point of contact nowadays.
- You DO NOT need a Cover Page, no-one uses these anymore!
- This information should not take up much room! Some people spread this across half a page. It only needs to be 1 or 2 lines at the top of the first page of your Resume!
Provide a quick summary of your career, qualifications, skills and what type of role you are looking for now.
- Your Objective should only be a couple of brief paragraphs, you can include more detailed information in your Cover Letter.
- Be sure to mention how many years of experience that you have.
- If you are a Graduate, highlight any areas that where you gained practical experience on a Student Placement.
Are you a Registered Nurse? Include your Registration Number.
Do you have a Diploma or Bachelor degree? List it here and don’t forget to put the year that you graduated.
It can be useful to have a Nurse that speaks more than one language, so if you do, please be sure to include it.
Skills & Abilities
Include ‘soft’ skills and abilities such as your excellent communication skills and sell some of your other qualities such as being honest and reliable.
Important Tip: Please, please, please do not write ‘highly motivated’!!! This is an overused phrase that has become meaningless on Resumes and is very quickly disregarded by Employers and Recruiters.
Professional Development and Training
What training have you done on the job? Do you have First Aid training? Include all of that here.
Start with your most recent employer. Include your Job Title, the Organisation Name, Location and the date range that you worked there. Then prepare a list underneath (between 5-10 dot points), include listing your key tasks, Areas/Wards worked in, type of patients and conditions treated if applicable e.g. Diabetic, Geriatric, Paedatric, Cardiac, etc…number of beds looked after, and any specialised skills you may have utilized in that role e.g. performing ECG’s, Bladder Scans, etc…
Are you a Nursing Graduate? If you are applying for your first job, then list all of the Clinical Placements that you have undertaken as a Student Nurse. Provide the Hospital Name, the area you worked in, the duration of your placement, and the Year.
Have you won any awards – either during study or in the workplace? Don’t keep them secret, let your prospective employer know!
Have you undertaken any community work on a volunteer basis? This could include volunteering at school, with junior sport, church groups, fundraising, etc…
Including volunteer work demonstrates that a compassionate nature and a willingness to help others.
Include the Name, Job Title, Organisation Name and Mobile Number for at least 2 people that have been your Supervisor or Manager at a previous or current place of employment.
We hope that the above Nurse Resume Template has been useful to you. There are many elements to writing and presenting a successful Nursing Resume. It must look professional – because you are a professional! – and it must sell your best qualities and key skills to an Employer.
Remember that nowadays, Employers receive a large number of applicants for every role advertised. It is commonly accepted knowledge that most employers will spend just 10 seconds evaluating each Resume that they receive. YOUR Resume must impress them in 10 seconds if you are going to be successful in getting short-listed. To achieve success, your Resume MUST be well-formatted, well-presented, and written in a clear and direct style so that it is easy to read.
If you need assistance preparing your Resume so that YOU stand out and get noticed for the Nursing job YOU want, please send us an Enquiry and we would be delighted to assist you!