Tips for writing a compelling nursing resume

October 15, 2014

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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One of our students posing with the nursing staff in Chiang Mai The importance of writing an exceptional nursing resume cannot be overemphasised. The quality of your resume has a major say in how easy or how difficult it will be for you to get a job after you graduate from nursing school.  

Here are a few important tips that will help you write a compelling nursing resume:


How to list your personal information

This is the first part of the resume that should include your full name and contact details, which includes your postal address, your phone number and your email address. It is crucial that you check and double check that you have listed the correct information. It would be a shame if the only reason you lost out on an opportunity was because you submitted the wrong contact information.


Highlight your attributes right at the beginning

This section should comprise of just a couple of lines that state exactly why you have applied for the job and why you think you are the best fit for the position. It is always good to mention these points at the beginning so that it catches the recruiter’s eye right off the bat and he or she does not need to hunt for this information in the entire resume. Keep it short but do not leave out crucial details.


Educational qualifications and certifications

Mention details of all your qualifications. You should include the nursing degrees that you have earned as well as the school that you attended and the year in which you graduated. After you have stated your educational qualifications, mention all the certifications that you have obtained. These should also state the licensing body and the expiry date of the certification.


Work experience

This section is very important for those who have prior nursing experience because a number of institutions will hire you simply based on this experience. Remember to state the name of the organisations, duration at each job and the department that you worked with. You can also mention in one or two bullet points under each job any exceptional work that you accomplished during that time. Be careful though – too much information is not always good so keep it to a minimum and highlight how it impacted your work.

If you do not have any prior nursing experience, you can state any other kind of work experience that you have related to the nursing field. This can include nursing internships or significant activities that you were involved with in nursing school.


Important conferences and memberships

Write down any recent nursing conferences or seminars that you have attended. If you are a member of any body, put that down as well. After you state the name of the body, in brackets include the year of membership. For example, 2010 – present.


Skill set

Here you can put down any skill that may not be directly related to nursing but will help you in any job. These could include computer skills like MS-Excel or certain computer programs that will help increase your efficiency in the workplace.


It is a good idea to draft your resume and have it ready to send off when an opportunity arises. Always remember to update your resume to include your latest achievements and job roles before you send it off.