Sample Nursing Resumes

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When you are seeking a new nursing position, it can be helpful to look at examples of nurses' resumes to help make yours an interview-winning document. Your resume is an important part of gaining the attention of a hiring manager, so make sure it presents you in the most positive and interesting way and exhibits skills and experiences that specifically address the details of the posted nursing position.

Research the different types of resumes people use, and pick one that will showcase your career in the most flattering way. Review templates and resume examples to get you started, whether you are rebuilding your resume after a while, starting from scratch with a new resume, or polishing a relatively current document.

What to Highlight

Depending on your level of experience, your resume will highlight different things, but it's important to tailor your resume to the position you are seeking to make the best impression on the hiring manager. The more specifically you can relate your experience to the requirements of the open position, the better your chances of scoring an interview. You also can use your cover letter to call attention to details in your resume that make you an excellent candidate for the job.

When you are just beginning your career as a nurse, it is perfectly acceptable to include experience you gained during your education: related coursework, volunteer positions you have held, and paid or unpaid internships.

Two resume examples are provided.

Nurse Resume: Example #1

This applicant recently has graduated from school, so she has limited nursing experience. She emphasizes the experience she does have and offers examples of times she went above and beyond in these positions, such as volunteering to tackle a difficult project.

Jane Applicant
123 Main Street
Anyplace, NY 12345
(111) (555-1111)
Jane.Applicant@email.com

Experience

Staff Assistant
Anyplace Hospital, Anyplace, NY
May 20XX – Present

  • Responsible for basic care of 20-bed unit.
  • Assist nursing staff with tasks including switching IV fluids, taking patient temperatures and blood pressure.
  • Preparation of rooms and equipment for patient intake.
  • Volunteered to assist in restructuring the nursing and staff schedule, a complex two-week project that has received praise from hospital administration.

Nursing Assistant
Additional Hospital, Another Place, NY
May 20XX - May 20XX

  • Responsible for patient intake and record keeping.
  • Distributed appropriate medication to patients upon checkout.
  • Assisted nurse practitioner with basic tasks such as taking patients' weight, height and temperature.

Nursing Intern
Additional Hospital
, Another Place, NY
Summer 20XX

  • Shadowed professional physicians during their everyday duties.
  • Prepared for procedures including gathering necessary equipment and organizing patient charts.
  • Kept weekly log of experience.
  • Assisted with all other administrative duties assigned.

Education

Nursing College
City, NY
May 20XX
Bachelor of Science, Nursing

City High School
City, NY
Pre-nursing program
Member, Young Professional Organization of Health Professions

Nurse Resume: Example #2

In this example, the applicant has several years of experience and includes a resume profile to highlight his specific qualifications for the position.

John Applicant
1001 Main Street
Anytown, NY 12345
(111) (555-7777)
johnapplicant123@email.com

Registered Pediatric Nurse with more than 15 years experience working in clinical and managerial capacities. Expert at coordinating care and continuing services, and the transition between inpatient and outpatient therapy.

Experience

Staff Supervisor
City Hospital, Anytown, NY
April 20XX – Present

  • Responsible for management of nursing staff in Pediatric unit including scheduling, hiring, and task assignment.
  • Supervise nursing staff in all aspects of patient care, including coordination of hospital services and discharge arrangements.
  • Oversee supplies and equipment procurement for department.

Head Pediatric Nurse
Family Clinic, Town, NY
May 20XX - April 20XX

  • Responsible for scheduling nursing staff, overseeing maintenance of records of patient intake, HIPAA compliance and follow up programs.
  • Coordinated individualized care and developed protocols with staff physicians.
  • Oversaw daily patient care and quality of services.

Registered Nurse
City Women’s Hospital, City, NY
August 200X- May 20XX

  • Responsible for intake and evaluation of patients.
  • General patient care and coordination of patient services.
  • Responsible for maintaining and filing patient records as needed.
  • Assisted with other administrative duties as needed.

Education

Nursing University
City, NY
Master of Science, Nursing

Local College
Local, NY
Bachelor of Science, Nursing

Associations

  • PNCB Certified Pediatric Nurse
  • Society of Pediatric Nurses
  • New York Board of Nursing