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    I have 6 mos sub-acute under my belt.. just got ACLS certified today, trying to break into acute care. Wondering if my resume is screwing me over .. anyone care to take a look?

    Contact Info
    Phone Email Etc.


    Seeking Position As:


    Registered Nurse
    Organized, compassionate and accountable Sub-Acute Staff Registered Nurse has over 6 years of experience in office management and customer service relations. Honed in the areas of patient care and rapport building, amicable Professional easily adapts to the constantly changing needs of patients.



    Professional Experience


    SNF
    10/2012 – Present
    Sub-Acute Staff Registered Nurse

    • Administered medications for up to 20 rehabilitative patients per shift.
    • Provided wound treatments and irrigation including wound vacs; maintained the patency of IV lines and infusion therapy of fluids and medication.
    • Delivered nutrition through Gastric tube feedings and cared for Ostomy and PleurX drainage systems.
    • Verified and reconciled medications, performed admission assessments, discharge referrals and delegation and management of nursing staff assignments.



    Second Non-Nursing Job
    09/2005 – 06/2007 and 03/2010 – Present
    Office Management and Dance Instructor

    • Managed student accounts, processed tuition and payment transactions.
    • Coordinated staff and scheduling for birthday parties and workshops; taught and assisted dance classes, camps and parties for children age 3 and up.
    • Trained and oriented the new employees about the office policies, procedures and equipment; devised training programs and arranged for such sessions to be conducted.



    My College Nursing Division:
    09-12/2011
    Peer Tutor and Mentor

    • Met with several sophomore nursing students in their first semester of nursing courses at Curry College to discuss goals, skills and study habits necessary for success.
    • Provided tutoring for coursework related to the program including Fundamentals of Nursing and Health Assessment techniques and co-led larger group study sessions.
    • Evaluated students' progress in order to see where improvements could be made, and evaluated teaching skills to make sure students received enough attention and assistance.





    Education & Training


    MY COLLEGE 2008 – 2012
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna cum Laude, GPA 3.55


    IV Therapy Training from Infusion Support Systems, Jan 2013


    Licenses & Certifications
    Registered Nurse License, State of Massachusetts, Active
    CPR: Basic Life Support, American Heart Association, Active
    ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support, American Heart Association, Active
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    The part under "Seeking Position As:" reads a little funny to me. To me it's not immediately clear whether you managed a medical office or other office in that first sentence. I would stick to describing your nursing experience in the first sentence and then mention the non-nursing office experience in a later sentence, just to make that clear.

    Sub-Acute Staff Registered Nurse (in the first section), Ostomy, and Gastric can all be lowercase. Under your actual job entry, keep the Sub-Acute Staff Registered Nurse in uppercase.

    Good luck to you!

    Good luck!
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    Lets see about stimulating those little grey cells. Made a number of assumptions: Figured Peer Tutor was a work-study position at Curry College and Infusion Support Systems was a clinical experience (though wonder why after graduation, but could be wrong). Usual disclamers regarding the profile statement, Professonal profile and Skill highlights: somewhat generic but you should get the idea in tailoring the message to tell the employer you're the answer to their problem by showing your marketable value. Since we don't have right tabs I used ^ instead to show how dates goes on the right side and to align the bullet points in the right side.

    Let you chew on this for awhile:

    Name, RN
    Contact Info • Phone • Email


    Registered Nurse

    Caring professional with experience providing sub-acute care along with extensive office management and customer service. Transitioning to acute care environment.

    PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
    • Honed in all aspects of patient care and rapport building.
    • Amicable professional easily adapts to the constantly changing needs of patients.
    • 6 years experience in office management and customer service relations.
    • Demonstrated aptitude for developing new skills.

    LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS
    Registered Nurse in the State of Massachusetts, License number <number>
    CPR & Basic Life Support (BLS) certified through American Heart Association, <year-received to present>
    Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified through American Heart Association, <year-received to present>

    SKILL HIGHLIGHTS
    • IV infusion therapy management ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ • Wound care
    • Medication therapy management ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ • Evaluation skills
    • Sub-acute and rehabilitative care ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ • Health assessments tutor
    • Gastroenteral nutrition education ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ • Strong medical ethic

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    SNF <Location> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Oct 2012 – Present
    Sub-Acute Staff Registered Nurse
    • Administered medications for up to 20 rehabilitative patients per shift.
    • Provided wound treatments and irrigation including wound vacs; maintained the patency of IV lines and infusion therapy of fluids and medication.
    • Delivered nutrition through Gastric tube feedings and cared for Ostomy and PleurX drainage systems.
    • Verified and reconciled medications, performed admission assessments, discharge referrals and delegation and management of nursing staff assignments.

    EDUCATION
    MY COLLEGE, <Location>
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 2012
    Magna cum Laude, GPA 3.55

    CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
    IV Therapy Training, Infusion Support Systems ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Jan 2013

    ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
    SECOND NON-NURSING JOB, <Location> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 2005 – Present
    Career Progression:
    Office Manager, Mar 2010 – Present
    Dance Instructor, Sep 2005 – Jun 2007
    • Taught students in classes and camps for children ages 3 and up.
    • Managed, trained, coordinated and scheduled staff for classes, birthday parties and workshops.
    • Trained and oriented new employees on office policies, procedures and equipment; devised training programs and sessions.

    CURRY COLLEGE, Milton, MA ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Sep 2011 - Dec 2011
    Peer Tutor and Mentor
    • Met with several sophomore nursing students in their first semester of nursing courses to discuss goals, skills and study habits necessary for success.
    • Provided tutoring for coursework related to the program including Fundamentals of Nursing and Health Assessment techniques and co-led larger group study sessions.
    • Evaluated students' progress in order to see where improvements could be made, and evaluated teaching skills to make sure students received enough attention and assistance.
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    Thanks very much for the input - the peer tutor position was I suppose similar to work study .. The professor who headed the program recommended me to take part; I could only do it in my second to last semester because of scheduling problems

    Iv class was actually a course I took for ceus while at my current job.. Just thought it'd be good to include as relevant training.. Just not sure where?

    Re: format - I should've mentioned in my first post yes some of those items are tabbed over to the right but I just put everything in its own line here

    I do like how the bolded parts stand out; I will make that correction for sure.

    The only other minor detail is that my second job I actually perform all of those functions (office and instructor) still to this day.. I worked there in high school (05-07) as an assistant and then came back in college (2010) and continued in all the other duties listed.

    I also held a cashier retail job in between those years (07-10) but felt it was sort of irrelevant so left it off.


    Thanks again!
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    Congrats on a great GPA! I know that was hard Some of my thoughts:
    1. delete "caring professional" and maybe that whole section. any hospital will assume you are caring if you went into nursing (i should hope! haha). Also they don't need to be immediately reminded of the fact that you have no acute care experience right off the bat, before reading your resume.
    2. don't put IV training under clinical experience. it's title is "training" therefore not really experience. where I work, if someone put IV experience in her resume, she'd best have placed numerous IV's in the ED on on out of control psyc patients
    3. Your description under sub-acute RN is kind of repetitive. every RN should be verifying meds and performing admission assessments. try to talk about somewhat unusual skills you have: maybe TPN administration? dropping NGTs? things that are beyond what a recruiter knows all RNs do in their roles. props to you for giving 20 pts meds! that is great to leave in. that really talks up your time management skills.
    Most importantly, good luck!
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    If your IV Therapy training ended up as a certificate, you can list it in the "Licenses & Certifications" section, using the format you see there for the other certificates, and free up the "IV infusion therapy management" bullet point for another top skill buzzword of yours that would apply to acute care. Then use your "Clinical Experience" to list your rotations in a columar style if one involved acute care, followed by a couple of bullet points angled to show your achievements in that area. To make room for it, you may need to prune your "Other Work Experience" section down to one bullet point each listing your main achievement that you can transfer over to acute care. Personally, I think you're still newly minted enough of a RN to list your clinicals. Example of style, borrowing from another's resume:

    CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
    Acute care ꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈ HOSPITAL OR FACILITY NAME ꞈꞈ Location ꞈꞈ Date ꞈꞈ x hrs
    Critical care ꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈ HOSPITAL OR FACILITY NAME ꞈꞈ Location ꞈꞈ Date ꞈꞈ x hrs
    Pediatric Long Term Care ꞈꞈ HOSPITAL OR FACILITY NAME ꞈꞈ Location ꞈꞈ Date ꞈꞈ x hrs
    ꞈꞈꞈꞈ• n-plus hours clinical experience.
    ꞈꞈꞈꞈ• Independently managed a caseload of (#) adult inpatients and implemented therapeutic interventions, such as ______, diagnosis included CVA, functional decine, <others>
    ꞈꞈꞈꞈ•
    ꞈꞈꞈꞈ•

    I goofed a bit on the second non-nursing job layout - never experienced a split job before. I would think a manager in a small shop would be expected be able to do the roles of other positions there. So the career progression from instructor to manger should still about right. For the sake of argument, let's say you went from assistant instructor to dance instructor for about a year to office manger. The general layout would likely be:

    SECOND NON-NURSING JOB, <Location> ꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈꞈ 2005 - 2007 / 2010 - Present
    Career Progression:

    Office Manager, Mar 2011 – Present
    Dance Instructor Mar 2010 – Feb 2011
    Assistant Instructor, Sep 2005 – Jun 2007

    In defense to NissM.RN's points regarding the profile statement right under the "Registered Nurse" heading - I stated up front it was somewhat generic and would need to be tailored to your specific brand.

    A profile statement is really your personal branding statement that clearly and concisely conveys your qualifications, experience and education in terms of the company’s needs and values. A well-written statement should address in 3 - 4 lines: (1) your experiences and skills as they relate to your job; (2) what you can bring to the organization and the open position that no other candidate can; and (3) your professional goals. Essentally it's your cover letter in the most condensed form possible, or your 30-second elevator speech on steroids that'll sum up who you are in terms of what you can do if given the job. See http://careerrocketeer.com/2010/10/h...statement.html

    Your professional profile expands on your branding statement to show key points of your resume in terms of overall accomplishments. It's about 3 - 5 bullet points that encapsulate your top selling points to tell a story of your career. It does two things: (1) condenses your resume below to show your strenghs that you can do the job if hired; and (2) substantiate much of the personal branding statement above by telling a quantifiable story. See http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book...our-resume/i76

    Remember, you have 7 to 9 seconds to convence an employer why they should interview you - the whole goal of the resume. That means the employer, your buyer, would be scaning about the top third of the resume before deciding whether it's going make the initial cut. Your resume is a marketing tool meant to attract that buyer by showing your skills and services in illustrating what you can do for that buyer in the future. So make the best use of your brand.


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