What Do Hospitals Look At For New Grads? - page 3

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Question: What do hospitals look at for New Grad RNs? I'm looking for/at Medical New Grad positions that don't want you to have any experience in order to get into their residency program. My professors also stated not to put... Read More


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    Quote from Ruby Vee
    Two pages are OK -- IF you have a lot of experience. Since you don't have experience, you shouldn't be exceeding one page.
    That's where I'm getting confused. If I leave out my clinicals and only put in the externship, relevant education, certifications (CPR BLS, PALS), Computer skills, and volunteering, all of that comes up to a page if I pack everything in with no spacing. If I space it out, it'll exceed a page. If I include clinicals, 2 full pages.
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    My 40years healthcare career fits into 2 pages...
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    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    I'm fresh from reviewing resumes and interviews for open positions in my department this week, so offering my wisdom.

    Experiened nurses after first year of work: Please do not list student clinical expereinces AFTER you have work experience from your first RN position
    because.
    a. It is not paid work exerience which has different level of responsibility and accountability.
    b. Appears to be padding resume.
    c. Want to avoid appearnce of being "Novice new grad".


    New Grads:
    a. Please do not label student clinicals as "work experience". Instead list as " Clinical Rotations" or " Clinical Experiences".
    List facility name, Type unit and dates or # hours. Recruiters and HR are well versed in what skills learned in mandatory clinical rotations: Med Surg, OB, Psych, Pediatrics, Community health --we really don't want to read for the 100th time today.
    b. DO LIST externships, extra credit rotations and any research conducted beyond program basic requirements.
    c. List volunteer experiences in separate section when more than just one day and unrelated to clinical requirements....include being home room mom--lots of organization with that position.
    d. Computer Experience -separate section list computer applications and level of proficiency
    e. Language experience: include if spoken/written
    Today I was asked if we had staff that spoke Bangladesh or would our Language Line service have interpreter.... they do have Bengali (actual language) interpreter.
    f. Prior work experience: agree with One1: highlight any additional experience you have and emphasize skills and strengths that you had in a previous career that can be applied to the nursing environment

    Waitress / Fast Food Attendant/ Guest Service Team Lead: positions should have helped you to "provide great customer experience", "focused on resolving customer service complaints/resolution", "Provided service recovery" --along with slinging that hamburger into a bag.

    My sticked thread at bottom of career section hosts more information:
    2012 Tips: Perfecting Nursing Resume, Cover Letter + Online Nursing Job Applications
    Thanks you so much for this info.
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    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    My 40years healthcare career fits into 2 pages...
    You're kidding. I took out the breakdown of what I did IN each clinical rotation trying to condense it and that took it down to a page and a half. Here's my system so far:
    Name, Address, Contact Info
    Objective
    Education
    Affiliations
    Skills and Qualifications
    Computer Skills
    Clinical Experiences
    Work Experience
    Volunteer Experience

    It's not wordy. I tried to keep everything really brief.
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    Hospitals know what you did in nursing school -- important to note on your resume would be the medical centers you rotated through for which rotations - This can give the institution of the scope of your experience in nursing school ie at large research institutions, teaching hospitals, or hospitals within their hospital system. I DID list my clinical sites, as I was applying to those hospitals, and ended up getting hired at one of the hospitals I rotated through. Don't list what you did in clinical, as that experience tends to be the same for every nursing student.

    List in more detail your senior practicum, including the type of unit and number of hours. Your externship would also be something you would want to elaborate on further.

    Good Luck!
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    Also, keep it to one page. Your resume gets one minute, maximum, with a recruiter. Make it count!
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    What are you putting under " Affiliations" --that is not commonly seen on resumes.
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    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    What are you putting under " Affiliations" --that is not commonly seen on resumes.
    Student nurses association.
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    Quote from Soliloquy
    That's where I'm getting confused. If I leave out my clinicals and only put in the externship, relevant education, certifications (CPR BLS, PALS), Computer skills, and volunteering, all of that comes up to a page if I pack everything in with no spacing. If I space it out, it'll exceed a page. If I include clinicals, 2 full pages.
    You need to play around with your formatting more. That should all fit on 1 page, easily.
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    Cut out the objective, for one. That's a waste of space. Computer skills and skills and qualifications can also probably be condensed. Put student nurse association under education. Then make sure you're not taking up a ton of white space.


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