I have been a lurker in these forums for several months now and I saw how much this community has helped other individuals so now, I am really hopeful that you can help me, too.
I am a new grad with no previous work experience and I have just passed the NCLEX this January (I came to this site whenever I felt discouraged while I was reviewing
). Anyway, I am now in the process of preparing my resumes and cover letters and I was wondering if you could please please PLEASE critique what I've made so far. Thank you so much!
oh P.S. the only volunteer work I've done was for my school club and I didn't know whether to put it in my resume or not because...mmm... I dunno... other than that, I haven't done anything really. (yes, I am now regretting that I haven't been more active in volunteering before...
Name, R.N. , B.S.N.
University of XXX
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, April 2012
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS, and SKILLS:
- Licensed Registered Nurse in Florida
- BLS for Healthcare Providers certification
- Bilingual (English/Filipino)
- Proficient in MS Office applications
- Surgical Unit,
XXX Hospital, Jan- March 2012, 480 hours
- Provided safe and quality care for up to 8 patients
- Identified and promptly responded to patients who developed post-operative complications (i.e. pleural effusion and hypertensive crisis)
- Performed intravenous insertions, blood extractions, chest tube care
- Collaborated with charge nurses, staff nurses, nurse assistants, and physicians to promote optimal patient outcome
- Facilitated staff development meeting to update staff regarding evidence-based nursing care for perioperative patients
- Community Health,
XXX Rural Community, Nov 2011-Jan 2012, 480 hours
- Supervised healthcare workers in the rural setting
- Collaborated with the local government officials and healthcare workers to organize health programs that promote primary healthcare
- Mental Health Nursing,
XXX Hospital, Aug-Oct, 2011, 96 hours
- Medical/Surgical & Acute Care,
XXX Hospital, Research Institute for Blah, June 2010- March 2011 & June- Aug 2011, 512 hours
- Provided total nursing care to critically-ill patients from the Burn Unit, Medical ICU, Pediatric ICU, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, and the Emergency Room
- Managed safe care for patients with artificial airways and cardiac monitors
- Maternal-Child Health:
XXX Hospital; XXX Maternity Hospital, 2009, 80 hours
I would really appreciate any and every person who would take the time to comment on this post!
Quote from KyleRoth
Were you completely independent when you were providing care for up to 8 patients?
Can you truly respond to to a pleural effusion of hypertensive crisis on your own?
Are you able to function on your own without supervision in an ICU?
Did you really facilitate staff meetings and work as a supervisor when you were a student?
I would say your answer to these questions would be: no. Your resume portrays the contrary.
You need to be careful with wording in your resumes. They should be impressive, but also honest. A new nurse isn't expected to perform all those things, btw. Most hiring managers know what your school's curriculum is. As long as you pass the NCLEX, you will be part of the same new-hire cohort as everyone else. If you liked a part of your clinicals in particular, you can request to work in a certain department. You may just get placed where there is a need, however.
I would recommend taking out all the fluff, bunching your clinical experience together with less false details into a 1800 hour summation. Include your volunteer work, any organizations you're a part of on campus or in the community. It shows that you're a caring person, and that's what nursing is about, right?
Most applications you're going to see these days will be online, fill in the blank stuff. So having a good resume, while important, isn't what it used to be.
Thank you for your honest response! I see your point. Would it be better if I stated "Provided safe and quality care for up to 8 patients under the supervision of a staff and charge nurse". During our last year in college, we were basically assigned patients and are the ones who provide care for these patients although we were still told to report to our staff nurses because we didn't have licences yet. I just wanted to show that I have the ability to handle caring for multiple patients.
Wouldn't titrating IV meds for a hypertensive crisis and reporting to the staff nurse/ physician about the pleural effusion be classified as responding, too? If not, please tell me so I could delete that part.
Yes, we did facilitate a staff development meeting and we did supervise nursing personnel in the community when we were students (for example, we ensured that their BP taking techniques and weight monitoring were up to par).
Also, uhm, what else do you consider as fluff? Thank you!
I would really appreciate your response, Kyleroth! Thank you so much!
Last edit by mlaineRN on Jan 26, '13
: Reason: Forgot to include something