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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

Nursing Resume Details

Top 10 Details to Include on a Nursing Resume

As healthcare recruiters, we reviewed thousands of nursing resumes. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them were missing multiple details that were important to the Nurse Managers and Nurse Supervisors who were largely responsible for making the hiring decisions. Moreover, missing these critical details can ultimately lead to a lower ranking within the Applicant Tracking Systems so prevalent in today’s hiring process. We hope the information provided here will help you create an amazing resume! Read more

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

Improve patient care by reducing adverse medical events

Preventing Hospital Errors to Improve Patient Care

Article contributed by: Emily Newhook, Community Relations Manager for MHA@GW at The Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University

Defining Adverse Medical Events

Mistakes can happen anywhere, but when it comes to fields like health care – where errors can have life-threatening consequences – we hold people to a higher standard. An adverse medical event (AME) is one such example. An AME — the result of a medical intervention rather than the underlying medical condition — is unintentional harm that can cause serious injury to a patient. AMEs run the gamut of medical problems and include hospital-acquired infections, catheter-acquired infections, surgeries done on the wrong patients or wrong area, leaving foreign bodies inside a patient after procedures, hospital falls and slips, incorrect medication and pressure ulcers among others. Read more

Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Laws

A Tipping Point for Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice?

In the months prior to the publication of this article on 5/14/2014, several states enacted legislation that will give Nurse Practitioners greater or full independence to practice primary care medicine. These legislative measures have been hotly debated and the issues at play are quite complex. It appears that given the nation’s healthcare trajectory we may be in an era of punctuated equilibrium regarding the scope of practice for Nurse Practitioners. Read more

Nursing Quotes for National Nurses Week 2014

National Nurses Week is an annual observance that runs from May 6 through May 12. The history of how this came to be is interesting. In 1974, the International Council of Nurses proclaimed May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, as International Nurse Day. Beginning in 1953, many attempts were made to enact an official national observance of nurses. Then, in 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring May 6th as National Nurses Day. And in 1993, the American Nurses Association declared May 6 through May 12 as permanent dates to celebrate National Nurses Week. Since then, May 8 has been designated as National Student Nurses Day and the Wednesday of Nurses Week has been designated as National School Nurse Day. Read more