New LPN, Graduated 5 Years Ago - Resume Question

  1. So, I am a brand new LPN. I graduated from my Nursing Program 5 years ago (was able to pass NCLEX on 1st try after that long ). My situation is that I am trying to make up my resume, which will show nothing medically relative in that time (sometimes life leads you down a different path and side-tracks you), so how do I indicate my clinical skills, etc, when I have not practiced in the past 5 years. I don't want to lie and call myself proficient, as I am sure I am a little rusty. I am sure that I'm not alone in this, as I have read many stories of Nurses passing their certification some time after they have graduated.

    Any advice would be great!
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  3. by   sepruiz
    I was in the same boat as you. I just passed my NCLEX PN on the first try this past May, but I graduated school in October 2013. For most employers, they require a job history from the last 10 years. I'm only 25 and have had a handful of jobs, which I listed. I also listed my clinical experiences, but only ones where I gained specific skills vs your basic med/surg. For example, I did a long clinical rotation on a subacute unit with non-responsive patients on trachs/vents and I learned how to manage their specific conditions.

    To help address the period between graduation and obtaining your license, I would bridge that gap in a cover letter. Explain how you are suited for whatever positions you are applying for based on any skills you learned/obtained pre-healthcare. I just started at my first LVN job this week, and after about 6 interviews you'll be surprised to learn that even jobs in customer service/retail are a plus because it shows you have the ability to work with others and deal with customers - who in the healthcare field would be your patients/residents etc.

    ALSO, create opportunities for yourself. I completed all my certifications. (ACLS, BLS, PALS, MAB/VIP, IV) As an LVN, most places will only need your basic first aid/cpr, but taking it upon yourself to further your knowledge will help you stand out against other new grads/new licensees AND seasoned LVNS who may only have BLS/CPR. My brother-in-law was promoted from psych to the ER, and he was the ONLY LVN in ER. People were upset and jealous, but he received the opportunity because he already had all the certifications necessary for the position. Hope this helps!
  4. by   GoodDay2017
    Agree with above. I would state why I was out even in my resume. I listed my time away as "Student, Volunteer, Homemaker. Chose to focus on raising children after husband unexpectedly passed away. Furthered professional development through continued education, per diem positions, and volunteering."
    Short, to the point, what happened, and what you have been doing to stay relevant.

    In an interview, same thing but add in that you are excited to come back to nursing and ready to dive back in. Hope that helps.

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