Nursing Resume

In-depth information on nursing resumes including The Top 10 Details to Include on a Nurse Resume and optimizing your resume for Applicant Tracking Systems.

How to Write an Effective Nursing Resume Summary

Writing an effective nursing resume summary is easier said than done. Studies show that recruiters spend mere seconds reviewing a resume and these days that’s after the resume has made its way through the applicant tracking system. An effective nursing resume summary is concise and easy to read. It correlates the candidate’s experience with the job description in question. And it piques the reader’s interest to the point that they will continue reviewing the resume in greater detail. Read more

Nursing Resume Objective or Summary?

Nurses often wonder if they should include an objective or a summary on their nursing resume. The decision can be a difficult one because there is a lot of debate among career advisers. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the difference between an objective and a summary, summarize the debate, and discuss why we feel there is a hands-down winner for your nursing resume. 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

4 Great Uses for Nursing “Skills Checklists”

Healthcare professionals face a unique and difficult challenge when measuring and conveying their skill sets. This is largely due to the vast array of skills that encompass a given healthcare specialty. Consider the difference between the skill sets of a general professional, like a sales professional, and a healthcare professional, like an ICU nurse. While I’m sure that the sales professional could develop a nice list of desirable skills, I’m positive that this list would in no way compare to the voluminous list of diagnostic, equipment, medication, procedural, age related, and condition related skills that the ICU nurse must maintain. Attempting to measure and track these skills or convey them to potential employers may seem futile for the healthcare professional. However, “Skills Checklists” can be useful tools for accomplishing these goals. Read more

6 Nursing Resume Considerations for Travel Nurses Transitioning to Permanent

A significant percentage of those who engage in travel nursing will eventually make the transition back to permanent employment. Conveying your travel nursing experience on your nursing resume in a way that both masks the perceivable negatives and capitalizes on the great experience you’ve gained can be challenging. Understanding the issues at play will help you formulate the best possible strategy. Read more