Desperate for some feedback/help with my resume.

  1. Hello everyone I'm new to this site so I apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong area. I'm a fairly new nurse. I graduated May 2011 and took my NCLEX in September. I recently moved to another state unexpectedly and had only worked a couple of months as a nurse in a Rehab/LTC. I would love to find a job in a hospital because I feel like I need the experience. However, it's very hard to find a RN job in the state I moved to seeing as most hospitals prefer to hire nurses that have a BSN.

    Since I don't have much experience, I would LOVE any feedback on my resume. It's a mess right now and I feel like giving up What should I change? Here it is so far:

    To obtain a position as a registered nurse.
    Work Experience

    Registered Nurse
    11/2011 - 2/2012 XXX and Rehabilitation, XXX, FL
    Provided skilled nursing care for patients requiring rehabilitation. I was responsible for 20 patients which allowed me to better develop my time management skills. I also assisted with admission assessments.
    10/2007 - 11/2011 XXX Health and Rehab, XXX, FL
    As a housekeeper, I was responsible for sorting, washing, drying, and folding linen. I also stocked linen carts, making sure that there was adequate clean linen on the floor for patients at all times.
    Student Nurse
    8/2009 - 5/2011
    Worked as a student nurse under the supervision of an RN. As a student I provided bedside nursing care for patients on telemetry and medical-surgical floors. I administered medications and treatments, started and maintained IVs, provided clinical documentation, etc. I also participated as part of the interdisciplinary team.
    1/2008-5/2011 XXX Community College, XXX, FL

    • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN)
    • Adult 3 Practicum: 150 hours, Telemetry, XXX Hospital
    • Certified in BLS.
    5/2006 XXX High School, XXX, FL

    2006-2007 XXX Hospital100+ hours
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  3. by   JustBeachyNurse
    First of all you should be speaking in the irst person in a resume (using I did this, I did that). And NEVER use "etc." in a resume either list the specific kills/tasks or just nd the sentence bullets often work well as thy offer a summary rather than a life story. I can't believe that all ou did in the rehab unit was time management and assist with admissions assessments. If you weren't paid as a student nurse it doesnt belong under work experience but as a component of education & clinical skills. High school is not usually included on a resume if you are a college graduate as it is presumed that you are a HS graduate or at least a GED holder. You don't list your license(s) and certifications (such as BLS) that are current.
  4. by   wish_me_luck
    Okay, I am working on my resume right now. I agree with everything except the licenses and certifications thing. Why wouldn't you list them on your resume? I know the job I want specifically states that the minimum requirements are a nursing degree, license, BLS.
  5. by   wish_me_luck
    Oh, and I am not listing a nursing license until I get it...but I would think you do list them if you have them
  6. by   JustBeachyNurse
    I meant that she didn't have them listed and should. Even if your license is pending endorsement in your new state your license is still active in your first and you can list the second state as pending endorsement.
  7. by   wish_me_luck
    okay. I am just at the point where I am pretty much done with classes (just have a paper and a test left) and I have to finish signing up for boards and take them. I want to move, so it's good to know that you can still list it even with endorsement pending.
  8. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Some new grads list as "application submitted" to the BoN. And in my state it takes 4-6 license post NCLEX to get a license, listed "license number pending, NCLEX-PN passed on xx/xx/xxxx" this way the recruiter knows how lose you are to having a license. If your state offers temporary permits, list that. Good luck.
  9. by   wish_me_luck
    Yeah, I have my application submitted and received the thing from BoN with my list of things that I have left to do. I just have to sign up with Pearson Vue and get the other info to BoN that they requested. Then, I can pick a date and pass it the first time with 75 ques. (the power of positive thinking). And get a job!!
  10. by   DutchRN09
    I would put the nursing experience together, i.e. RN, and under that Student Nurse and then list other work experience. Please google RN resume and that way you can see some examples. Your school should also have a resume assistance person, maybe in student services.
  11. by   Double-Helix
    I sent you a private message. You won't be able to respond, though, until you have more posts.
  12. by   Solymar
    Thanks so much for the comments here as I'm also working on my resume!