New grads, How did you list your clinical rotations on your resume? - page 3

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I am having a debate with some classmates about how much info we should list on our resumes about each clinical rotation. some of them are only listing the hospital, unit and date. Others are listing a brief description of each... Read More


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    I had a new grad residency asked that a list of clinical rotations be included to the resume. All they wanted to see was facilities & departments with number of hours. So I did mine like this: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Colorado (Neurology) 90 hours
    They were in a nicely formatted list in the order they were completed. I did however put my senior practicum in bold at the top of the list separated by a space to draw attention to it (and the fact it took up more than a single line).

    This however is the only resume I did this on. For my regular resume I didn't list my general clinicals.
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    Personally I never even considered putting school rotations on a resume, and I don't think it is necessary. As previously mentioned, if you graduated from nursing school, the hospital is going to know that you did rotations in med/surg, ortho, maternity, etc... What I would include on your resume is your preceptorship (capstone, independent study, whatever your school calls it) particularly if it is relevant to the job for which you are applying, and, if it went well, I would definitely include your preceptor as a reference.
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    I used to say that your school experiences should NOT be included unless they were something special that most students don't get -- such as a senior year capstone experience, preceptorship, special honors, etc. However in recent years, my opinion has changed. We are seeing an increasing number of students who are graduating with very minimal actual hands-on experience with live patients and we have learned that we cannot assume that today's new grads had the same type of experience that we had as students.

    Therefore, if you are one of those students who has strong clinical experiences, it might be to your advantage to include that information and not "save/hide" it until if and when you get an interview. But I recommend that you put it on a separate page and not clutter up your basic resume with much detail.

    If however, you are one of those new grads who went to a school that did not give you strong clinicals, it might be best if you didn't advertise that fact on your resume. It is probably best for those people not to emphasize their clinical experience as that is not their strong point.
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    Agreed. If you had a specialized placement, I would highlight that, briefly (ER, ICU, OR). At my school, only a selected few received those placements.

    However, some new grads make the mistake of listing a bunch of generic skills, which will not set you apart. Employers know that you learned basic assessments, medication administration, documentation, wound care. Try to avoid listing the skills that are common to all clinical rotations.

    When I was job searching, my OR training resulted in prospective employers contacting me about the OR. I don't work OR now, but it is listed on my resume. Same with the 80 bed acute unit, which is a well known inner city hospital. So it depends what you've done, and how it's presented.
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    One idea: if you had a lot of rotations, put them in a columar arrangement like this (had to use periods to line up the columns, but you get the drift):

    Senior Practicum (in progress) Location 1 .. Department 1 ... Date ............<number of> hours
    Subcategory 2 ..................... Location 2 .. Department 2 ... Date - Date .. <number of> hours
    Subcategory 3 ..................... Location 3 .. Department 3 ... Date - Date .. <number of> hours
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    im a recent grad bsn and in our leadership class we spoke much about this. I was told to put the capstone experience and hours as well as any clinical hours I had done in an area i would like to work in. I ended up getting an interview at my dream hospital this monday for a position in my capstone unit ( which i dont particularly want but ill get my foot in the door!) I want to work in critical care. This is what i wrote:

    Student Clinical Experience

    Student Capstone Experience
    -I have logged 170 hours on an Orthopedic/Medical Surgical Unit at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital performing various nursing procedures.
    -In addition, I have completed over 100 hours in Intensive Care Units (Medical, Cardiac and Surgical)
    o Participated on a health care team to plan and provide quality care for patients
    o Worked in a critical care unit with respirators, ventilators and sterile environments
    o Assessed and monitored patient status and provided personal care
    o Administered medications as ordered by the physician
    o Interacted with patients and their families to promote a supportive environment
    good luck!!!

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    Quote from LadyFree28
    I say focus on the nursing interventions you did, instead of the rotations. When I was a new grad, a HR rep told me I did not have to list that; they already know that you had clinicals, as others have stated.

    For example; if you had a pt who had a TURP, Chest Tube, Wound Vac, C-Section, Skin Graft, etc...Rotation in the ER (pt the hours down)...those are significant for the learning exposure

    I didn't use a cover letter. I used the intro to my résumé to describe me, my goals as a new grad, and filled education and experience.
    Good points. But I disagree about cover letters. A resume describes your experiences. The cover letter is where you market yourself and hopefully makes me want to read your resume. I get a lot of resumes where I have to wade through drivel. A good cover letter may help.
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    Quote from MrChicagoRN

    Good points. But I disagree about cover letters. A resume describes your experiences. The cover letter is where you market yourself and hopefully makes me want to read your resume. I get a lot of resumes where I have to wade through drivel. A good cover letter may help.
    I have no issue using cover letters; I didn't use one; my résumé alone sold prospective employees in hiring me. I don't do fluff, and drivel. My résumé was built on suggestions from a nurse recruiter; her suggestions and my tweaking helped me become a viable candidate.


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