I've just completed my first year in nursing and have decided that hospital shift work is not for me. I'm ready to start looking for something in home health or hospice, or perhaps a doctor's office.
I'm not sure about what to put on my resume. One year of med/surg is all I have in the way of nursing experience. I don't want to sell myself short; I've seen and done a LOT in the past year on my floor, but how do I put together a professional resume that doesn't look too "thin"? Does anyone have an example of a resume for a nurse with just one year of experience?
I'm also not sure who to use for references. I don't want the people at work to know that I am looking for another job, but I suppose that the references a prospective employer would want would be those with whom I have worked as a nurse. Since this is my first nursing job, who can I use as a reference?
Prior to going to nursing school, I worked as a phlebotomist at a blood bank. Should I include that in my employment history, or are only nursing jobs included? What about awards and honors received in nursing school?
I also have several decades of experience as part of a pastoral ministry couple; my husband and I have received intensive training on interpersonal relationships, effective communication, etc, all of which I have found to be extremely beneficial to my work as an RN. Do I include that experience somewhere in my resume?
Thanks for any advice!