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Should you put RN or BSN after name on resume?

  1. 0 Hi, I am new to allnurses and have a question about resumes. I am trying to apply to a graduate nurse residency program and one of their requirements is that you get your RN by the time you start their program. I have graduated with a BSN and have passed boards making me an RN. (SO relieved!) I am wondering which title is the most important to list after my name on my resume? I want them to know that I have my license (hoping this will make me a attractive candidate for the program) but that I am also a BSN as they prefer that degree. I was thinking that I would put RN and then assume they will get the BSN info from my education section.....but wasn't sure! Any ideas? I would appreciate your thoughts!
  2. Visit  FLancaster11 profile page

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    Joined Jan '11; Posts: 7; Likes: 1.

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  3. Visit  Jolie profile page
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    According to APA, the corect way to list credentials is degree first, professional title, then cerifications.

    For example, Nancy Nurse, BSN, RN, CEN

    I would recommend using your RN credential on your resume, since it will separate you from those who have not yet passed boards.

    Whether you place BSN in your name, or list it under education is your choice. Placing it with your name might call attention to the degree, even if one is quickly scanning resumes and not reading them thoroughly.

    Good luck!
    TheSquire, CEvnz1, TeenyTinyBabyRN, and 2 others like this.
  4. Visit  llltapp profile page
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    I and most everyone I know do RN, BSN Not sure that is correct
  5. Visit  RNDreamer profile page
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    I put RNDreamer, BSN, RN and got calls
  6. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    I just use My Name, RN. My education is first on the resume so my BSN is pretty clear. I just thought My Name, BSN, RN looked....off. Not incorrect, but not as good looking as just the RN. I don't think it would hurt to do BSN, RN though but at the very least put RN so they can see right away that you are licensed.
  7. Visit  ok2bme profile page
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    Name, BSN, RN is the correct order. I would definitely put both right on top, it well set you apart from unlicensed candidates and those without a BSN. Good luck, and congrats on graduating & passing boards!
    hiddencatRN, CEvnz1, and VolunteerCPR like this.
  8. Visit  FLancaster11 profile page
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    Thank you all for responding! It was great to get your input! I am really happy to be a part of this site as you all are so willing to help! I really appreciate it! I am sure I will have many more questions to come!
    Take care!
  9. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    Definitely include that BSN -- a lot of employers are Magnet or pursuing Magnet, and BSNs are preferred. Be proud -- you earned it! Show off on your resume. Good luck, and welcome to allnurses!!
    luciddreeams and CEvnz1 like this.
  10. Visit  KyelvertonRN profile page
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    i would include BSN on there, it draws attention to you!
  11. Visit  CEvnz1 profile page
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    Wow! Thank you all for your input, I too am a new grad w/ BSN and had the very same question about placing creditials right on top of Resume. I really appreciate the helpful insight, thanks that helps a lot = )....Additionally, is it recommended to place your actual license # on the resume? if so, is it recommended to go before or after the education secion?
  12. Visit  rcmageeRN profile page
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    I've always heard to not put your license number on your resume because you never know who could get a hold of your resume. Usually there is certifications section on the application to put your license number.
  13. Visit  Cuddleswithpuddles profile page
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    Quote from RachRN-NC
    I've always heard to not put your license number on your resume because you never know who could get a hold of your resume. Usually there is certifications section on the application to put your license number.
    But if the thief has your resume, he or she also has your name and address. The thief could easily look up your first and last name on the state's BON and get the license number.

    The California BON website only has name, licenses/certs, county, date of licensure, expiration date and any actions against you.

    Is there more personal information that can be had through a license number?
  14. Visit  TheSquire profile page
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    Quote from llltapp
    I and most everyone I know do RN, BSN Not sure that is correct
    I'm very sure - nursing likes to live in ignorance of the rules of precedence for post-nominal letters, but they do exist. My thought is that since most nurses in the US still come from ADN programs and then go on to higher degrees in nursing, they think that they should just tack their letters on in the order they are earned. This is a by-product of nursing as a Profession having a low academic bar for entry.
    elkpark and GrnTea like this.


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