Nursing Resume Tips for Applicant Tracking Systems

16 Tips To Prepare Your Nursing Resume For Applicant Tracking Systems

We’ve spoken to countless nurses and other healthcare professionals who have expressed dismay with the now ubiquitous applicant tracking systems utilized by healthcare organizations for nursing jobs and other healthcare jobs. The most common complaint is that the applicant tracking system is like a black hole. The nurse fills out an online application, uploads their nursing resume, and then never hears a word from the employer.

We always inquire if the nurse made an attempt to optimize their nursing resume for the resume parser and the applicant tracking system. Understandably, most nurses have no idea what this means. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of optimizing your resume for applicant tracking systems and offer some tips for doing so. Read more

How to Write the Best Nursing Cover Letter

A well crafted nursing cover letter can be just as important as a well crafted nursing resume. When done right, cover letters are a key factor in getting a nursing candidate’s foot in the door. Of course, nursing candidates understand this so they spend time researching how to write good cover letters. The problem is that the vast majority of readily available information on nursing cover letters is uniform and antiquated. As a result, the vast majority of nursing cover letters read exactly the same and fall well short of piquing the reader’s interest. So in this blog post, we’ll cover the basic items to review before sending a cover letter, summarize the conventional approach to nursing cover letters and discuss its shortcomings, and offer a unique formula that will wow employers and land you an interview. Read more

5 Things that New Grad RNs and Experienced RNs Should Know About the Job Market

A New Grad RN recently shared their frustration with us regarding the difficulties encountered in finding a first job. Having spoken to many New Grad RNs over the years, we know how frustrating it can be for them to land their first job with an acute care hospital. These days, many people point to uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act as the cause. However, our experience indicates that New Grad RNs have been having this difficulty since at least 2006. While the problem has certainly been magnified since 2008, we’re not sure how much of it can be attributed to the Affordable Care Act. The poor economy and an overall misunderstanding of the “nursing shortage” are more likely causes. Understanding the issues at play can help New Grad RNs formulate a strategy for landing their first job in an acute care hospital. Read more

Sample Nursing Resume – RN Resume

Below is an image of a sample nursing resume – RN Resume – rendered from a BluePipes profile. As a professional networking website dedicated to healthcare professionals, BluePipes provides a profile that helps nurses identify and record details pertinent to their unique careers. Your profile can be rendered as a PDF resume, saved, and utilized at your convenience.

Unlike job boards and lead generators, BluePipes will never sell your personal contact information to third parties. Moreover, only the information displayed on your public profile is visible to  members. Everything else is kept private and secure so only you will be able to access when necessary.

BluePipes also provides free access to over 100 comprehensive skills checklists that members can complete, save, and download as PDF documents. Read more

Nursing Resume Length and Feedback on Resume Details

In a previous blog post, we provided our list of the top 10 details to include on a nurse resume. We received a lot of positive feedback and questions about the post. In this post, we’ll revisit the topic to address some of the questions we received and explain why some of these details are so important. Read more

Travel Nurse Introvert

How an Introvert Flourished as a Travel Nurse

Brittany, a twenty-something female who loves to explore the country, is also a self-proclaimed introvert who is passionate about travel nursing.

As a California-girl, Brittany looked forward to days off when she could explore west-coast attractions. It wasn’t long before she had visited her top destinations and was ready for more adventure. With a nursing degree and a few years of experience, she decided to try travel nursing. Read more

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The Best Travel Nursing Companies – 2017

Finding the best travel nursing companies to work with is important given the central role companies play in a travel nurse’s career. Unfortunately, determining which companies are worthy of being considered “The Best” is much more complicated than it sounds. So in this article, we’ll simplify your search with our list of the best travel nursing companies of 2017 based on aggregated ratings from across the web. Read more

Furnished Finder for Travel Nurse Housing

Here’s a Service that will Simplify Your Next Travel Nurse Housing Search

Securing adequate housing is one of the biggest challenges involved with travel nursing contracts. The typical contract duration and the financial constraints of the bill-rate make it difficult to secure housing that is desirable, safe and affordable in many markets. Of course, there are tons of services out there from Craigslist to corporate housing services, but none of them are necessarily designed to handle the unique challenges of travel nursing. So in this article, we’ll take a close look at a company that is making great strides at resolving these unique challenges, FurnishedFinder.com. Read more

Recruit Travel Nurses on BluePipes

BluePipes Recruitment Subscriptions

BluePipes is a healthcare professional network. We provide healthcare professionals with powerful career management tools including a resume builder, skills checklists, document management tools and much more. We provide healthcare employers with both free and premium services. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at our premium Recruitment Subscriptions for employers. Read more

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How to Edit Your Free Company Page on BluePipes

As a professional networking service, BluePipes provides employers, including healthcare staffing agencies, with many free services for marketing and engaging with potential candidates. “Company Pages” are one such free feature. Given that BluePipes has over 10,000 members with hundreds joining every month, it’s a definitely worth it to spend some time making your company page look pretty. We’ll cover how to do that in this article. Read more

Recipes for Travel Nurses

7 Spring Clean Eating Recipes for Travel Nurses

As a travel nurse, you are always on the go. It is hard to find spare time to relax when you work 13 hour days. Work is demanding and the last thing you want to do when you come home is to stress out about what to eat. Don’t worry though, we have some life hacks that will help free up your time, while also keeping your body healthy. Fueling your body with healthy foods and nutrients will keep you sharp and alert.  Here are 7 great recipes that all take less than 25 minutes to prep and can be used as lunches to take to work. Start your Spring fresh and clean! Read more

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Scholarships and Reimbursement for RNs: 5 Avenues for Obtaining the Funds to Accelerate Your Nursing Career

There are a plethora of decisions when it comes to nursing school—some of them manifest before you even show up to class and many of them come after graduation.

Before you start nursing school, you need to decide which undergraduate pathway will lead you to the take the standardized National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-RN, and how you will pay for that degree. After graduation though, there’s still time to obtain reimbursement if the decisions you made prior to starting nursing school weren’t the most favorable to your bank account. We’ve outlined how you can obtain scholarships for nursing school before you start, and reimbursement for school related debt while you’re working as a registered nurse. The good thing is that you have plenty of financial support as an RN from private organizations to the government, and beyond. Read more