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

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5 Easy Ways to Decompress from the Stress of Travel Nursing

There’s no denying that travel nurses work hard. And, with the added pressure of adapting to new environments, family, and social life on top of taking care of all your patients, it’s natural to get a little stressed every now and then. But, in order to be your very best, it’s important to not let the stress take control of your mind and body.

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Best Travel Nurse Locations for the Outdoors

The Top Locations for the Outdoor Enthusiast Travel Nurse

As nurses, we are driven by our passions. We became nurses because we are passionate about helping others. As travel nurses, we love the thrill of a new adventure! Selecting a location that allows us to be a nurse and explore outside the hospital is what makes each nursing journey so special.   Read more

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The Ultimate Guide to Nursing Resume Builders

Resume writing is a daunting task. This is especially true for nurses. They must contend with all of the standard challenges plus additional challenges that are unique to nursing careers. Fortunately, there are many resume builders designed to simplify the process.  However, it can be difficult for nurses to determine which are best suited to meet their unique needs. So in this article, we’ll take a look at the various options available in order to help you find a nursing resume builder that’s perfect for you. Read more

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How The New eNLC Will Affect Travel Nurses

If you haven’t heard yet, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is saying “out with the old and in with the new” to compact state licensure as we know it by introducing the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).

A compact state license allows nurses to work in other compact states fluidly with one multi-state license. To qualify, nurses must have a permanent address in a NLC state (with a driver’s license to prove it). This is especially important for travel nurses, who regularly hop from state to state for new assignments. Read more

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The Best Way to Build Your Resume as a Traveling Medical Professional

Resumes are one of those things even the smartest, most skilled, and talented applicants dread. The reason? Because it’s tedious and time-consuming work. There’s mountains of advice for professionals on building the “right” resume. The problem? Common misconceptions lead us to believe there’s an almighty answer or format, when really, there isn’t. Resumes can be tailored specifically to the career you’re seeking, down to the length, tone, material and even the formatting. Read more

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Are There Red Flags for the IRS in Travel Nursing Pay?

The guidelines pertaining to taxable wages in the travel nursing industry are opaque. Of course, this leads to controversy. Some agencies pay higher taxable wages and proportionally lower non-taxable reimbursements. They assert that lower taxable wages will result in a “red flag” with the IRS. Other agencies pay lower taxable wages and proportionally higher non-taxable reimbursements. They assert there is nothing wrong with doing so and sometimes refer to the “red flag” issue as a myth. In this article, we’ll provide a brief recap on taxable wages in the travel nursing industry and take a close look at the issue of “red flags”. Read more

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6 Crucial Tips for Travel Nurses Jumping from Day-Shift to Night-Shift

If you have worked in a healthcare facility or hospital, chances are you know about working the night shift. Typically, this means starting around 11 pm and working until 7 am. While shifts vary from place to place, working overnight can test your ability to be alert and prepared. Researchers have discovered a sleep disorder, Shift Work Disorder, that is actually linked to switching from day shifts to nights. Read more