As your nursing career progresses through various specializations, positions, skills, and accomplishments, your CV should evolve along with it.

An excellent resume recounts the tale of your journey through the profession and highlights the lessons you've learned and the accomplishments you've made along the journey.

Recruiters and hiring managers will be impressed by your resume and cover letter, according to Nurse.com's guide on the what, how, and why of putting together a resume and cover letter.


Nursing Resume Tips and Best Practices: The Most Important Factors to Consider

Every nursing position you apply for is different. Make certain that your CV corresponds to the specifics of each job.

Identify and highlight your clinical experiences and accomplishments that are relevant to that specific opportunity, as well as how you fit into that organization. Investigate a facility's website for information about the facility's mission and vision before visiting it. This will demonstrate your interest in not only a job, but also in becoming a part of a facility's culture and goals, which will be beneficial to you.


  • Keep your resume to one or two pages in length, depending on your level of experience.
  • Avoid cramming in too much material, as this will make it appear cluttered and unprofessional.
  • Put more emphasis on your accomplishments in previous jobs and clinicals rather than simply listing the responsibilities of each job.
  • In your previous positions, make extensive use of active words to describe how you analyzed, communicated, improved, collaborated, managed, assisted, and created, among other things.
  • Other talents and accomplishments that will help you improve your clinical knowledge should be shared, such as multiple languages you speak, public speaking experience, affiliations with professional or student organizations, understanding of various software systems, and so on and so forth.
  • Finally, don't forget to revise your CV and have a friend, colleague, mentor, or family member review it before submitting it to potential employers!

Instructions on How to Format Your Nursing Resume

When creating a CV, it is important to start with your identity. Include your contact information so that a hiring manager can contact you directly to set up an appointment for an interview. This also allows nurse recruiters to know if you're a local applicant, which is useful information.


The following sections are included:


  • Introduction: This brief section can include a career target statement (no more than three phrases in length) as well as a professional profile statement that describes what you have to offer the world. Conclusion:
  • Work experience: Include any and all relevant professions, including those outside of health care, that demonstrate skills such as communication, dispute resolution, public education, and other related abilities. Carry out the following steps in reverse chronological sequence.
  • Description of your educational path and any unique career-focused experiences, such as clinical rotations, should be included.
  • Certifications and affiliations: These will demonstrate your commitment to continuing education as well as your desire to be a member of professional nursing organizations in your resume.
  • Working as a volunteer: Including current and previous volunteer experiences at a church, school, or other nonprofit organization in your community shows that you have a broad range of interests in health care both inside and outside the workplace.


Keep it Up to Date

Your resume will evolve in tandem with your professional development.

If you're in the middle of your nursing career, it's important to maintain your resume up to date with the latest opportunities. It is important to highlight your abilities and experiences on your resume as much as possible. The more skills, experiences, and continuing education courses you have, the better. This demonstrates to hiring managers that you are up-to-date with the latest trends.


January 25, 2022

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person

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