Anyone have some constructive criticism for my new grad resume?

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    I have applied to every new grad position in my area and most of them have already interviewed people for the positions. I know the market is tough and I only have my ADN which makes it even harder for me. I will be continuing on to get my BSN this fall, should I include that somewhere? I just want my resume to be perfect. I know a lot of times part of it is getting past the automated computer filters. Let me know how I can improve my resume, any advice is greatly appreciated!


    Name and Address

    OBJECTIVE
    Seeking a challenging position as a Registered Nurse, which will require me to utilize my patient care skills and expand knowledge while providing quality health care to patients.

    EDUCATION
    ABC College, Town, State
    Associate of Science in Nursing degree candidate, expected May 2013

    ABC University, Town, State
    Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, May 2011

    CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE
    Basic Life Support Certification - Expires August 2013

    State Nursing License, Pending NCLEX exam- anticipated June 2013

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Server, ABC Restaurant, Town, State, May 2011-Present.

    • Manage time effectively while focusing on unique customer experience
    • Maintain established customer relationships
    • Receive, process and prioritize multiple orders
    • Ensure items are up to standard before serving them in order to warrant customer satisfaction
    • Clean side stations and seating stations to maintain hygienic working environment
    • Receive and process reservations in timely manner
    • Effective oral and written communication and collaboration with all staff
    • Train and educate new employees


    Coach, ABC Gymnastics, Town, State, June 2006-January 2013

    • Ensured safe practice of gym functions and practices appropriate for age and developmental level
    • Coached gymnastics to children ages 2 to 17
    • Communicated effectively with parents regarding child’s progress
    • Developed individualized workouts for students utilizing effective interpersonal relationships
    • Led warm ups and safety rules for activities and gym functions using established protocols and policies
    • Trained students with proper training techniques to help students achieve goals


    CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

    • March 2013- May 2013, Preceptorship: Telemetry and Medical Step Down Unit, ABC Hospital
    • January 2013- March 2013, Critical Care Clinical, ABC Hospital
    • October 2012-December 2012, Obstetrics Clinical, ABC Hospital
    • August 2012-December 2012, Medical-Surgical II Clinical, ABC Hospital
    • August 2012-October 2010, Pediatrics Clinical, ABC Hospital
    • March 2012-May 2012, Psychiatric Clinical, ABC Hospital
    • January 2012-March 2012, Medical-Surgical Clinical, ABC Hospital
    • October 2011-December 2012, Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical, ABC Hospital


    EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
    Member- ABC College Student Nurses Association
    Phi Theta Kappa- Honor Society, ABC College
    Volunteer- ABC Charity
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    I could be wrong, but one thing that I might suggest is leaving out the part "State Nursing License, Pending NCLEX exam- anticipated June 2013". I just personally would not put the word 'license' anywhere on my resume until I actually had it. Being a new grad they will know you do not have your license just yet and will obtain it soon. Now after getting your GN permit, I would be more comfortable putting it down that you have it to begin working.


    Last edit by Krither on May 3, '13 : Reason: To clarify.
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    At this stage you need to punch up your clinicals as they're more relevant to the career. I borrowed from other resumes the fluff needed so you can see what you need to tailor yours. Hopefully this'll give you some ideas.

    The really big part this is bring your Preceptorship to the foreground - what you learn, what you did, what your rotations prepared you for. By then you're a fledgling and can show your compentence and independence as a participating nurse. Use your rotations to show a progression.

    When applying for a post-graduate position identify what skill buzzwords the employer is looking for that you have and put them in the "skill highlights" secton and adjust your brand ("Anticipating Registered Nurse"), "personal branding statement" (just under your brand and is your elevator speech on steriods) and Professonal profile according so the resume appeals to that employer (you're going be doing a lot of them). Limit yourself to eight max that sums your skillset in broad categories - detail skills you can include in your experiences labeled as accomplishments. And yes, "IV infusion therapy" and "Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software" are skills; always show proof you did them in your resume.

    Hopefully you're networking these remainding months with your professors and placement counselors in school so they'll help. Once you pass your boards and getting you licence number, you'll have to tact on a big RN behind your name and change that "Anticipating" brand adjective to something else. It's work, but somebody has to do it.
    Name
    Address • Phone • email

    Anticipating Registered Nurse
    Loyal, collaborative professional with a steadfast commitment to quality care and patient care advocacy after completing clinicals working towards board certification in <State>. Desire a full-time <what> position in an ambulatory/outpatient environment.

    PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
    • A calm, empathetic demeanor to maintain excellent rapport while providing individualized care for those in need, and while educating/counseling patients and families about medical conditions and nursing procedures.
    • An ability to provide quality patient care from Medical-surgical to Critical care as a team player utilizing critical assessment, documentation, and charting with maximum efficiency.
    • Ability to prioritize and multi-task while working in busy environments.

    SKILL HIGHLIGHTS
    . . . • Med-surg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . • Wound cleaning/care expertise
    . . . • Pediatric exams competency . . . . . . . .• Skilled in conducting physical examinations
    . . . • Critical care nursing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .• Clinical training
    . . . • Telemetry nursing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . • Strong medical ethic

    LICENSURES & CERTIFICATIONS
    RN - ADN, pending NCLEX exam, anticipated late June 2013
    Basic Life Support (BLS) certified by <whom?>, Expires August 2013

    EDUCATION
    ABC COLLEGE, Town, State
    Associate of Science Degree Program - Nursing, Senior status, anticipated completion May 2013

    ABC UNIVERSITY, Town, State
    Bachelor of Science - Biological Sciences, May 2011

    CLINICAL EXPERIENCE October 2011 – May 2013
    PRECEPTORSHIP NURSE, ABC HOSPITAL, Town, State . . . . . . .March 2013 – May 2013
    Telemetry and Medical Step Down Unit, x hrs
    . . . • Performed in-depth physical assessments on critical patients, wound care and dressing changes, suctioning of vented and sedated patients, neurological assessments on sedated patients to prevent over-sedation, and patient admissions and downgrades.
    . . . • Administered PO , NG and G tube medications as ordered.
    . . . • Monitored and recorded strict intake and output.
    . . . • Received and given report on critical patients.
    . . . • Assisted patients and family members in the education of health care needs.

    ROTATIONS: ABC HOSPITAL, Town, State . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 2011 – March 2013
    . . . . . . . . . Critical Care, . . . . . . x hrs . . . Psychiatric, . . . . . . . . . . . . .x hrs
    . . . . . . . . . Obstetrics,. . . . . . . . x hrs . . . Medical-Surgical I & II, . . . .x hrs
    . . . . . . . . . Pediatrics,. . . . . . . . x hrs . . . .Fundamentals of Nursing,. . x hrs
    . . . • Observed patients with schizophrenia, bipolar and major depressive disorders; pediatric sedation team, including three-year-old with third-degree burns.
    . . . • Attended daily group and team meetings.
    . . . • Assisted in arts and crafts with patients in day room.
    . . . • Cared for patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes, schizophrenia, hemouremia, decubitus ulcers, gallbladder pancreatitis and post surgeries, parotidectomy, laparoscopic hysterectomy, and closed head injury.

    OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
    ABC RESTAURANT, Server, Town, State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .May 2011 - Present
    . . . • Process reservations in timely manner while effectively providing unique customer experience.
    ABC GYMNASTICS, Coach, Town, State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 2006 - January 2013
    . . . • Trained and coached children ages 2 to 17 in a safe gym environment appropriate for age and developmental level.

    ACTIVITIES & INVOLVEMENT
    Student Nurses Association, ABC College <Dates>
    Phi Theta Kappa - Honor Society, ABC College <Dates>
    ABC Charity, Volunteer <Dates>
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    Thank you so very much for the help!! I will be spending the weekend editing my résumé! I do plan on networking as much as possible!
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    I think you want to highlight what you learned/accomplished from clinical experiences rather than jobs. Put your practicum with hours first, right after education. Put licensure/certifications after clinical experiences. Definitely add in BSN candidate at XX university. It looks good to be a member of a student/professional organization, such as ANA. ACLS is another good thing to get.


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