new grad..I beg your honest critique for my resume..pls

  1. 0 well i graduate jan 2012.. took almost a year to prepare for nclex and passed it last january..i know it took a while due to personal reasons..but anyway please critique my resume, it's my first time doing it please..

    note: i apologize for the horrible format and spacing, i just pasted my resume from my word doc. and im still experimenting at this site since im new


    OBJECTIVE_________________________________________ ________________________

    • To obtain position as Licensed Vocational Nurse in (place)

    EDUCATION_________________________________________ _______________________
    • Grossmont Health Occupations Center (Regional Occupations Program), Santee, CA 01/2012

    Vocational Nurse Diploma


    • National City Adult School, National City, CA 10/2009

    Nursing Assistant Certification


    CERTIFICATION &LICENSING________________________________________ ________________________

    • Licensed Vocational Nurse
    • American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Providers ( CPR & AED )
    • IV Therapy and Blood Withdrawal Certification
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support ( ACLS ) Certification

    HIGHLIGHTS OFQUALIFICATION

    • Knowledge of principles, procedures, methods and techniques based on the LVN scope of practice
    • Experienced Certified Nurse Assistant with recent work on long term care management of surgical, rehabilitative, geriatric , psychiatric & hospice clients
    • Maintain strong assessment, planning , diagnosis, implementation and evaluation skills essential to providing competent client care
    • Caring, compassionate and patient
    • Culturally sensitive
    • Strong organizational and multitasking skills
    • Effective verbal and written communication
    • Utilizes system approach for quick and reliable judgment, decision making and problem solving
    • Loyal and dedicated employee; committed to doing a good job and running the extra mile
    • Eager to learn new nursing methods, equipments and applications
    • Values timely administrations of medications, assessments and documentations
    • Consistently take initiative to complete assignments with minimal guidance and supervision
    • Strong sense of self-confidence and comprehensive knowledge of company goals.
    • Motivate and inspire, providing solid foundation for teamwork
    • Hard working and energetic; adapts easily to change, stressful environment and flexible work schedule



    RELEVANT SKILLS

    • Assist clients with daily living activities ( bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, ambulation)
    • Transfer clients using mechanical sitting and standing lifts with safety precautions
    • Assemble and use equipments such as catheters, gastric tubes, tracheotomy tubes, incentive spirometers, bladder scanners and oxygen suppliers
    • Provide direct care by assessing client needs and contributing in planning of care by utilizing direction from the Registered Nurse
    • Maintain accurate patient records and maintain confidentiality at all times
    • Take and record patient's vital signs
    • Document and communicate client data to ensure continuity of care

    CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
    *Developmental Disability Care

    TheArc of San Diego for Children and Adults with Disabilities, SanDiego, CA 01/2012
    • Immunization Services
      Kaiser Permanente La Mesa Medical Offices, La Mesa, CA 12/2011
      Kaiser Permanente Bostonia Medical Offices, El Cajon, CA 11/2011


    • OB/GYN Care
      Kaiser Permanente Vandever Medical Offices, San Diego, CA 11/2011-12/2011


    • Pediatric CarE
      Kaiser Permanente Bonita Medical Offices, Bonita, CA 10/2011-11/2011


    • Geriatric/ Psychiatric Long Term Care
      Edgemoor Geriatric Hospital of San Diego County, Santee, CA 04/2011-06/2011


    • Sub-Acute/ Med-Surg Care
      Alvarado Hospital Medical Center/San Diego Rehabilitation Institute, San Diego, CA 01/2011-03/2011
    • Geriatric Long Term Care

      • Mt. Miguel Covenant Village Health Facility, Spring Valley, CA 09/2010- 01/2011

    VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

    • Kaiser Permanente Immunization Drive 2011
    • Freddy's Angels Community Outreach Program


    • The Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego ( PNASD ) FilAm Festival 2010
      First Aid, Health Screening & Community Awareness Team



    RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT

    • Certified Nursing Assistant, Fredericka Manor Care Center , Chula Vista, CA 01/2010 - Present
      Honors: National Nursing Assistant's Week 2012 Certificate of Appreciation


    • * Assist clients with Activities of Daily Living in variety of clinical settings
      ( Dementia/Alzheimers, Rehabilitation, Long Term & Hospice Care)
      * Effective collaboration with registered nurses,speech therapists and rehabilitation team
      * Closely monitor and report changes in client's condition and malfunctioning in medical equipments
      * Promptly answer calls for assistance
      * Accurately monitor vital signs and intake/output ; collect specimens
      * Perform assessments under nurse's supervision
      * Proper bed-making and room maintenance in accordance to facility and safety standards
      * Escort clients to appointments, recreation and exercise room
      * Serve food trays for prescribed diet
      * Assist in client admission, transportation and discharge
      * Implemented facility's core values :costumer satisfaction, integrity in relationships,
      fiscal responsibility, teamwork & trust, individual initiative ,expression & creativity

    OTHEREMPLOYMENT

    • Clerk Assistant, Vons, San Diego, CA 08/2008 - 10/2008
      *Cardboard management and floor maintenance to ensure costumer safety
    • Service Crew, Mcdonalds, Vallejo, CA 04/2008-06/2008
      * Built loyalclientele through friendly interactions and consistent appreciation
      *Maintained high standards of costumer service of costumer service during high-volume fast-paced operations.

    ORGANIZATIONS/ MEMBERSHIPS

    • Toastmasters International ( Chula Vista 108)
      * Non-profiteducational organization that operates clubs worldwide for purpose ofhelping
      members improve their communication, public speaking andleadership skills
    Last edit by hopeseeker23 on May 8, '13
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  4. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    Too many words to read. Brief bullets to the point.

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
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  5. Visit  hopeseeker23 profile page
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    haha.. do i need to shorten it? let me know what to keep and what to throw away
  6. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    Throw away all descriptions of jobs unless its really special---like you started and were the head of a major research project and it was recognized in some way.

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
  7. Visit  Bayat profile page
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    Not exectly the best, but hopefully you'll get an idea or two. The main thing is punch up your clinicals and your CNA experience. To save room, the work from 2008 can be dropped off as they're not career related. Be sure to go over and talor your specfic skills, knowledge, and abilities to show your true self. Like the others' said- keep it short an pithy. An employer will spend about 7 seconds on a resume before deciding it goes to the short list or not. So make every word count.

    Me Myself Eye, LVN
    Street * City, State * ZIP * Phone email

    Licensed Vocational Nurse with CNA experience
    Three years as CNA with focus on Dementia/Alzheimer's, Rehabilitation, Long Term & Hospice Care, and with a newly credentialed LVN license in <State>. Desire a full-time <position name> LVN position in a <type> environment.
    PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
    * Disciplined, energetic employee who quickly establishes rapport with patients and colleagues.
    * Self-motivated service-focused professional seeking to leverage both experience and education.
    * Exceptional capacity to multi-task: manage numerous, often competing priorities with ease and foster the provision of superior patient care.
    LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS
    Licensed Vocational Nurse in state of California, License number <number?>
    BLS for Healthcare Providers ( CPR & AED ) certified through American Heart Association, <date?>
    IV Therapy and Blood Withdrawal certified through <issuer?>, <date?>
    Advanced Cardiac Life Support ( ACLS ) certified through <issuer?>, <date?>
    SKILL HIGHLIGHTS
    . . . * Patient health/safety. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .* Patient interaction
    . . . * Medical devices/Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .* Infection control
    . . . * Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .* Team collaboration
    . . . * Patient education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . * Strong medical ethic
    EDUCATION
    GROSSMONT HEALTH OCCUPATIONS CENTER, Vocational Nurse Diploma . . . . 01/2012
    . . . * Coursework in [<Course Name>]
    NATIONAL CITY ADULT SCHOOL, Nursing Assistant Certification . . . . . . . . . . 10/2009
    CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
    Developmental Disability . Arc of San Diego. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .01/2012 xx hrs
    Immunization. . . . . . . . . . Kaiser Permanente La Mesa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12/2011 xx hrs
    Immunization. . . . . . . . . . Kaiser Permanente Bostonia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11/2011 xx hrs
    OB/GYN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kaiser Permanente Vandever. . . . . . . .11/2011 - 12/2011 xx hrs
    Pediatric. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kaiser Permanente Bonita. . . . . . . . . .10/2011 - 11/2011 xx hrs
    Geriatric/ Psychiatric LTC Edgemoor Geriatric Hospital . . . . . . . . 04/2011 - 06/2011 xx hrs
    Sub-Acute/ Med-Surg . . . Alvarado Hospital Medical Center . . . . .01/2011 - 03/2011 xx hrs
    Geriatric LTC . . . . . . . . . . Mt Miguel Covenant Village Health Facility 09/2010 - 01/2011 xx hrs
    Summary:
    . . . * Use action verbs to begin sentences.
    . . . * Focus on the populations you have treated and include the diagnosis.
    . . . * Be specific regarding treatments and give examples when applicable.
    . . . * Show rather than tell your experience.
    . . . * What did you learn, develop, or teach to patients and their families?
    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    FREDERICKA MANOR CARE CENTER, Chula Vista, CA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01/2010 - Current
    Certified Nursing Assistant
    . . . * Honors: National Nursing Assistant's Week 2012 Certificate of Appreciation.
    . . . * One bullet point center around your accomplishments and results.
    AFFILIATIONS
    Toastmasters International ( Chula Vista 108), <dates?>
    COMMUNITY SERVICE
    Kaiser Permanente Immunization Drive, volunteer.
    Freddy's Angels Community Outreach Program, volunteer.
    Volunteer <number> hours at Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego ( PNASD ) FilAm Festival to gain experience in First Aid, Health Screening & Community Awareness.
  8. Visit  MissM.RN profile page
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    Proper bed making? Patient interaction?? Those are not skills. Every human being involved in the nursing profession should know how to make a bed with hospital corners/draw sheets and be pleasant/polite with patients. Only list skills if they are relatively special and/or unusual for all nurses to have - say dropping NGT, telemetry certification, giving chemo, etc.
  9. Visit  hopeseeker23 profile page
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    im not sure about throwing out unrelevant employment because i heard that they still count because it shows your versatility or being all around? am i right? okay...now im CONFUSED..now about those SKILLS, this is my first time to apply as a nurse so where on earth do i get those skills??? i mean yeah, in the nursing school but it didn't give us much
  10. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    Quote from hopeseeker23
    im not sure about throwing out unrelevant employment because i heard that they still count because it shows your versatility or being all around? am i right? okay...now im CONFUSED..now about those SKILLS, this is my first time to apply as a nurse so where on earth do i get those skills??? i mean yeah, in the nursing school but it didn't give us much
    Not throw them out as much as take out all the description- everyone knows what a cashier or customer service rep does. Skills? Did you get a special certification? As a student did you do chemo? Blood often? Extra ordinary amount of IVs?

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
  11. Visit  avaloncar profile page
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    I know for me the best resources is for you to go to your school and ask someone to help you with your resume. Next google, nurse resume, there are a lot of website that explain to you how to have a concise resume where you still get your point across. It is a good resume, but you do need to shorten it. You should keep your employment history but just list all your employment under "employment". The recruiter will know what is relevant, although your customer service jobs are very relevant to nursing. Hope I helped.
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    Quote from itsnowornever
    Not throw them out as much as take out all the description- everyone knows what a cashier or customer service rep does. Skills? Did you get a special certification? As a student did you do chemo? Blood often? Extra ordinary amount of IVs?

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
    okay let me just list everything that i did from nursing school

    Vital signs
    Assessments: head to toe, neurovascular, neurological
    ROM
    ADLs
    I&0s
    Care of pt. with Peg tubes, G tubes
    use of Protective device e.g limb, vests, mittens
    assist in admission, discharge, transfer , hospice care (as a cna)
    crash cart check
    weighing pt: bedscale,w/c, standing
    check for placement residual of g tube
    ostomy care
    enemas
    catheterization ( ONLY IN LAB) no oppurtunity in clinicals
    male external cath
    Inhalation tx- pulse oximetry testing, incentive spirometer, o2 cannula, mask, Tracheostomy care
    chest drainage care ( i had a patient once as cna)
    special beds, thermal pads, cradles, compression stockings , thrombo stockings
    placement of hearing aid,
    isolations ( mostly cdiff pts.)
    specimen collections: urine, feces, sputum, blood withdrawal ( check ph & guiac tests)
    wound care- dressing change,sterile dry dressing, soaks, compresses, irrigations& packings, wet to dry, tube/ drain dressing, peg dressing, staple removal, use of steristrips
    cast care
    assist walking devices, CPM, Ice packs, abductor pillow

    MEDICINES
    glucose monitoring
    insulins
    anticoagulants
    IV CERTIFIED ( we didnt do this at nursing school because it's out of scope)
    all types of injections in LAB
    PO,PEG ,NG TUBE MEDS
    care of pt. with AV shunts, bruit, thrill, dialysis ( more as cna/ but i had some cases too)

    i dont have enough background with chemo drugs i had more on antibiotics, pain meds since we did meds more often during Medsurg..i also have more background with immunizations since i gave them to hundreds of people in one of my volunteer works..

    now are these skills enough or not enough??? i mean im not a pro at doing all of them..also i listed a lot of them and i dont know which among them are unnecessary.. i also need help with identifying the proper words to describe my skills...

    i will appreciate all your help
  13. Visit  Bayat profile page
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    If you have a IV certification then it should go into "Licenses & Certifications" section. Otherwise you add to your "Skill Highlights" section as something like: "IV therapy management"

    The rest becomes the first column of a four column table, then:

    1. (Column 2) Determine which skills were used more than others.
    2. (Column 3) Pick ten skills with which you are most comfortable.
    3. (Column 4) Narrow down to four or five skills that you feel really describe what you have to offer an employer.

    Those are put in your "Skill Highlights" section. The two-to-four remaining "soft skills could be these if you haven't included them in your "Professional Profile" section already:

    Enthusiastic caregiver

    Strong medical ethic

    Culturally sensitive

    Wound cleaning/care ability


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    Quote from Bayat
    If you have a IV certification then it should go into "Licenses & Certifications" section. Otherwise you add to your "Skill Highlights" section as something like: "IV therapy management"

    The rest becomes the first column of a four column table, then:

    1. (Column 2) Determine which skills were used more than others.
    2. (Column 3) Pick ten skills with which you are most comfortable.
    3. (Column 4) Narrow down to four or five skills that you feel really describe what you have to offer an employer.

    Those are put in your "Skill Highlights" section. The two-to-four remaining "soft skills could be these if you haven't included them in your "Professional Profile" section already:

    Enthusiastic caregiver

    Strong medical ethic

    Culturally sensitive

    Wound cleaning/care ability


    thank you so much .. now as far as accomplishments as CNA, i cant think of any.. i mean just do my job as a cna, what can i put?
  15. Visit  Bayat profile page
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    "PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE" is like an in-depth interview, so how are you going to talk to your future employer? This is where you provide proof about what you've said in the top part of the resume and is the most technical part of the resume. Keep your experience tightly focused on your desired position. When writing your resume, use action verbs, focus on results, and use quantitative examples.

    You have two sources already: your skill highlights and your previous job performance reviews. Nurses thrive on accomplishments as they are on the road to achieving something every day due to the nature of their job. They have so much on their plate owing to the fact that every day is a day with different challenges. So, Lesson One: The minute you start a new job, start keeping track of your accomplishments. Keep a log in a little notebook, or on index cards, in a computer database, on a little tape recorder, or on your smart phone or other device.

    But what about all the jobs that have gone by in which you haven't recorded your accomplishments? Lesson Two: Develop a brainstorming worksheet:

    1. Prepare an accomplishment inventory. To do this, list all jobs, followed by job duties.

    2. Consider accomplishments you achieved in each job, or regarding each job duty if possible. You may believe that you have not accomplished much; however, completing this exercise will help you gain confidence and recognize your achievements. Spend time on this project, adding to your list of accomplishments over the period of a few days. Although you will not use all these accomplishments, it will prepare you for your interview and help sell your skills to your prospective employer

    3. If you are having difficulty finding accomplishments, use the Situation/Task-Action-Results (STAR) technique. You can further break down an action as being: Action = Action Verb + Job Skills; And a job skill as being: Job Skill = Keyword + Keyword + … . It is important to break down your accomplishment statements into their base parts so that you can quickly and easily choose what statements to use in a resume tailored for the company and position that you are applying for.

    4. Still having difficulty with your accomplishments? Consider the following:
    a. What was your impact on time, money, quality and/or customer service?
    b. What other impact did your actions have on the project or situation?
    c. Why is this important as an achievement?
    d. How do you know it
    1) Saved time or money?
    2) Increased profit/revenues?
    3) Decreased errors?
    e. Describe the struggle to achieve the result.
    f. What changed after completion of the task?
    g. What was the scope, depth or breadth of each segment of your accomplishment?

    5. Categorize accomplishments by importance. It may be helpful to think in baseball terms. Place each accomplishment in a category for homeruns, triples, doubles, or singles. You should include only homeruns and triples on your résumé.

    To a great extent, if a job activity cannot be portrayed as an accomplishment, it may not be worthy of mention in your resume, cover letter, or in an interview.

    Now for the meat and potatoes: actually writing an accomplishment. An accomplishment is a three-part statement that summarizes a noteworthy, work-related event, in a way that is generally understandable and believable, while . . .
    • communicating the event in a synopsis of what happened,
    • briefly explaining how it took place, and
    • being specific about the beneficial result it produced.

    You write an accomplishment in 14 to 20 words, two (no more than three) typewritten lines (no smaller than 10-11 pt. type), makes no reference to the employer or organization name, and minimizes industry-specific jargon or acronyms.

    WHAT You Did Is The First Piece Of Your Three-Part Accomplishment [ What = . . . ed ]. You briefly describe the event. It is preceded by a power past participle (ending in “ . . . ed:”, for example: developed, created, managed, directed, etc.) describing your role in the event. If you're still working at the job, then use the present participle.

    HOW You Did It Is The Second Piece Of Your Three-Part Accomplishment [ How = . . . ing ]. briefly describe what you did, preceded by a power ". . . ing" verb form (analyzing, directing, teaching, researching, etc.).

    RESULTS Is The Third Part of your Three-Part Accomplishment [ Results = . . . ing ]. Briefly review of the time or money that was saved, the degree of improved quality, preceded by a power ". . . ing" word (saving, improving, increasing, decreasing, etc.). The “ing” ending of words indicates the results are current or ongoing.

    Example of a Complete Accomplishment: Streamlined production methods, designing revolutionary automated testing equipment to eliminate work bottleneck, reducing manufacturing labor cost by 17%.

    So you start with an ACTION, and end with a RESULT

    Here's some other CNA-related accomplishments found around the web to get your little grey cells percolating:
    • Provide high-quality patient care as an in-demand per-diem CNA within surgical, acute-care, rehabilitation, home-healthcare and nursing-home settings.
    • Preserve patient dignity and minimize discomfort while carrying out duties such as bedpan changes, diapering, emptying drainage bags and bathing.
    • Commended for chart accuracy, effective team collaboration, patient relations and consistent delivery of empathetic care.
    • Provided nursing assistance to residents in a 120-bed long-term-care facility.
    • Assisted residents with activities of daily living including helping with meals, transferring using assistive devices, bathing, dressing and grooming.
    • Displayed strong clinical skills in assessing vital signs, performing lab draws and glucose checks, and providing pre- and post-operative care.
    • Adhered to safety guidelines; completed hospital’s three-hour Patient Safety Training Program.
    • Ensured the accurate, timely flow of information by maintaining thorough patient records and updating healthcare team on patients’ status.
    • Complied with HIPAA standards in all patient documentation and interactions.


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