I graduated in December 2011 and passed my boards last month. I have applied for well over 150 GN positions and only received 1 interview. Not sure if it's because I lack experience in the medical field other than my clinicals or if it's because my resume doesn't stand out. Can someone please help and let me know if there is anything I can do to make it better. I'm also including the typical cover letter I send out as well. Thanks for any help!!
XXX College - Dallas, TX
Associate's Degree, Nursing
Graduation: December 2011
Nursing GPA: 4.0/4.0
Overall GPA: 3.8/4.0
Worked under the supervision of an RN providing bedside care, treatment and clinical documentation for patients at the following hospitals:
Nursing Skills and Experience:
- XX Hospital - Medical/Surgical including Telemetry and GI
- XX Hospital - L&D, Nursery, and Cardiac Unit
- XX Hospital - Pediatrics
- XX Hospital - Medical/Surgical
- Charting and documentation
- Medication administration (oral and parenteral)
- Inserting and maintaining IV fluids
- Enteral and Parental Nutrition
- Catheterization and catheter care
- Ostomy and wound care
- Artificial airway care
- CPR Certified, American Red Cross, Expires 07/2012
XXXXX, Dallas, 2010
Tutored students in the Health Professions class. This is a class that teaches catheterization, sterile dressing changes, and vital signs and must be taken by any student wishing to apply to a health professions degree program..
XXXX , Arlington, 2007-2009
Administrative Assistant, Community Health
Supported Community Health Directors in day to day activities and oversaw the Family Violence Prevention and Community Hand Hygiene Programs.
XXXX, Arlington, TX 1998-2005
Regional Account Manager (2001-2005)
Managed sales and circulation for a television and entertainment magazine for multiple cable markets in the central US.Responsible for designing and implementing training programs and incentives for customer service representatives in all markets in order to maintain and grow magazine circulation.
Sales and Marketing Assistant (1998-2001)
Provided executive level administrative support to the EVP Sales and Marketing with a demonstrated ability to improvise, improve procedures, and meet demanding deadlines.
American Nurses Association
Texas Nurses Association
XXXX Family Medical Clinic - Dallas, TX
Here is my standard cover letter:
To Whom It May Concern,
In December 2011 I graduated from XXX College with an Associate's Degree in Nursing and received my RN license in February 2012.
As my enclosed resume indicates, I pursued excellence in nursing studies as demonstrated by my academic honors. I also have outstanding references available from my clinical instructors upon request. I feel my clinical experience and volunteer work with XXXX Family Medical Clinic, a clinic for uninsured and underinsured in Dallas, have effectively prepared me to begin employment as a nurse.
I approach this opportunity with great excitement as I know XXX Hospital, because of its wonderful reputation in the community and its teaching environment, would be a wonderful place to begin my career and help me to advance and build a successful nursing career.
Thank you for giving my resume careful consideration. I am eager to meet with you to discuss possible employment with XX Hospital. I may be reached by phone at XXX, or by way of email at XXXXX. I look forward to hearing from you.