(For undergraduate students earning their BSN) A nursing resume contains some unique features specific to your field. For basic guidelines, refer to the general resume section.
In the interest of space, an objective is not necessary.
Objective: To Obtain a student nurse internship position for the summer.
- If you are submitting an application for this kind of position, why have an objective in the first place?
- It's already understood.
1 Page: In a competitive job market, your resume receives a 20-30 second glance.
- Employers do not have time to read more than 1 page.
Describing Your Experience
Reverse Chronological Order.List your most recent experience first. From there, work your way backwards.
- Present vs. Past
- When describing a job or internship's responsibilities, and it is still occurring, use present tense.
- If you completed the position, use past tense.
Action Verbs, Not Complete Sentences or Paragraphs.
- Omit personal pronouns (I, you, me, my, their, they're) and, "a", "an", and "the" to achieve a concise style that will be easier--and faster--for employers to read.
- Although it takes up more space, it's quicker for the employer to read.
- Emphasize skills learned, types of patients you interacted with, and tasks completed.
Administer Medications (under supervision of RN) Assist Patients with using facilities Bathing Patients Blood Draw Blood Pressure Blood Transfusions Catheterizations Changing Bed Sheets/Bedpans Clinical Rotations Counseling Patients EKG Family Education Heart Monitor IV's Medical History Nutritional Assessment Patient Education Patient Exams Patient Transfers Physical Assessment Shadow Medical Staff Sterilization Techniques Sutures Therapeutic Communication Total Patient Care Vital Signs Wound Care