Second job resume - new grad still?

  1. Hi everyone,

    I graduated my nursing program (RPN/LPN) in June 2012, spent part of the summer volunteering (nursing in Tanzania), started a BScN program in September, landed my first job in October (Paediatric Home Care), and am now faced with the crappy reality of not enough hours to pay my bills. In addition to this, I'm really craving more of a challenge, and hope to get into a hospital in a more acute and diverse setting.

    My main issues is that my resume is just TOO LONG. I do not have enough nursing experience to omit my non-nursing experience, but with both nursing and non-nursing, I just have way too much going on in there... Ya know?

    So, I will attach my resume as is (too long and such) and hopefully can get some advice about:
    1. prioritizing the content
    2. reducing the content
    3. how to state my "objective" - this one always gets me!

    *I'm not sure how to attach a document so I will copy/paste my resume in this post... Can someone tell me how to attach and I will gladly do so! Until then, please note that the formatting on my real resume is much different.

    Thanks a million



    To obtain a position as a Registered Practical Nurse where my clinical and interpersonal skills and abilities will enable me to provide exceptional care for patients and families

    Highlights of Qualifications

    - Accountable to self and others with a regard for professionalism, respect, and courtesy
    - Strong assessment, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
    - Exceptional communication skills with a passion for teaching and educating
    - Able to function independently and in collaboration with other members of the health care team

    Clinical Skills

    - Complete patient assessments
    - Reading, understanding, and clarifying physician's orders
    - Documenting to the CNO standards using both paper and computerized charting
    - Medication administration including intravenous and subcutaneous infusions
    - Initiating and monitoring blood product transfusions
    - Simple and complex wound care and management of decubitus ulcers
    - Oxygen therapy, suctioning, and tracheostomy care
    - Nasogastric tube management including insertion, feedings, and suctioning
    - Feedings and medication administration through g-tubes and j-tubes
    - Insertion and care of lymphedema drains
    - Colostomy care
    - Male and female catheterization as well as care of nephrostomies and ileal conduits

    Work experience

    Partners in Community Nursing Durham Region, ON Oct 2012 - Present
    Registered Practical Nurse, Paediatric Program
    - Providing care for paediatric clients within the home setting
    - Supporting clients and families through difficult transitions
    - Administering medications and treatments in accordance with physicians orders
    - Documenting in accordance with CNO standards
    - Attending educational in-services

    ParaMed Home Health Care Durham Region, ON Jun 2011 - Oct 2012
    Personal Support Worker
    - Providing personal care for adult and older adult clients in the community setting
    - Advocating for clients and promoting independence through education and support
    - Practicing within the scope of a PSW and receiving delegated tasks from RN/RPNs
    - Supporting clients and families through difficult transitions

    Private Clients Whitby, ON Jan - Jun 2011
    Personal Support Worker
    - Providing home management and assistance hygiene, grooming and meals
    - Performing intermittent female catheterization
    - Administering medication

    Alliance Youth Services Inc. Toronto, ON Sep 2008 - Nov 2010
    Youth Support Worker
    - Supporting multiple clients with various physical and psychiatric illnesses
    - Performing crisis management using de-escalation techniques
    - Providing guidance and support to promote independence in younger adults
    - Administering medication (routine and PRN)
    - Providing home management and assistance with daily living

    BayShore Home Health Halifax, NS Sep 2009 - May 2010
    Patient Attendant
    - Supervised clients in a hospital setting, with a focus on adults on psychiatric units
    - Provided assistance with feeding and grooming

    Clinical Experience

    Good Neighbours Club Toronto, ON Winter 2013
    Student Nurse, Community Clinic

    Markham Stouffville Hospital Markham, ON Fall 2012
    Student Nurse, Surgery, Acute Medicine

    Pasua Hospital and Massai Village Clinic Moshi, Tanzania Summer 2012
    Nurse, Family Medicine

    Southlake Regional Health Centre Newmarket, ON Winter 2012
    Student Practical Nurse, Cancer & Palliative Care, Medicine

    Rouge Valley Health System - Centenary Site Scarborough, ON Fall 2011
    Student Practical Nurse, Acute Medicine

    Toronto Grace Hospital Toronto, ON Winter 2011
    Student Practical Nurse, Complex Continuing Care


    Ryerson University Toronto, ON
    Post-Diploma BScN Enrolled for Sep 2013
    Centennial College Scarborough, ON
    RPN Bridging to University Nursing Sep 2012 - Apr 2013
    Practical Nursing Diploma Sep 2010 - Apr 2012
    Dalhousie University Halifax, NS
    Science Sep 2009 - Apr 2010
    All Saints Catholic Secondary School Whitby, ON
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma Sep 2004 - Jan 2009
    French Immersion Sep 1999 - Jun 2006

    Additional Qualifications

    Canadian Red Cross CPR/AED Level HCP and Standard First Aid Sep 2012
    Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour Jun 2010
    Centennial College Mock Disaster Participant (3x) 2011 - 2012
    Volunteer Experience:
    GlobalMedic 2012 - Present
    Durham Special Olympics 2009 - 2010
    Women's Multicultural Resource Centre 2005 - 2006
    Durham Rape Crisis Centre 2004 - 2006
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    Joined: Mar '13; Posts: 3
    Registered Practical Nurse; from CA


  3. by   joanna73
    First, you should remove the clinical skills section because all new grads learn those skills. There is nothing there that makes you stand out. Employers expect that you've learned most of those skills. I would also omit your secondary school education. Employers usually don't care about anything other than where your degree/ diploma was obtained.

    The objective statement is not widely used anymore and takes up space. I would leave that off as well.

    And your last two clinical placements, the ones you completed in your final year could be included, but years 1-3 are not important as far as employment is concerned.

    Your previous experiences as a PSW and PCA should be included, and a couple of volunteer activities.

    Google nursing resumes to get an idea of various acceptable formats. Ideally, your resume should not exceed 2 pages. Any post RN courses you took should be included, as well as your licensure and CPR.

    I hope that helps.
    Last edit by joanna73 on Mar 16, '13 : Reason: added information
  4. by   sampan
    Thank you for your feedback! How would you suggest I order the resume?

    Currently it is like this, should I keep it?

    Highlights of Qualifications (if I have more room, can I elaborate on this section? My school encouraged us to use this section extensively to draw attention to our skills)
    Work Experience
    Clinical Experience
    Additional Qualifications

    Also, if I remove the "clinical skills" section, how detailed should each of my job descriptions be? I've been told before that it isn't necessary to do much here because like you said, most employers know the general tasks of a PSW/PCA and RPN position.

    Thanks again.
  5. by   BolBol
    Street Address ▪ City, State ▪ Phone Number ▪ Professional Email

    To obtain a Registered Nurse position at (hospital) on the (floor/unit).
    --- Only include an objective if it is specific to a certain hospital and unit; otherwise leave it out.

    You really need to edit this section. What you have written is very general. This section should be concise and specific to your qualifications: “More than ___ years of experience in a certain setting working with a certain client population...”

    *** Get rid of the Clinical Skills section. ***

    Partners in Community Nursing, Durham Region, ON, October 2012 – Present
    Registered Practical Nurse, Pediatric Program

    • Provide care for pediatric clients within the home setting.
    • These job descriptions should also be concise.

    ParaMed Home Health Care, Durham Region, ON, June 2011 – October 2012
    Personal Support Worker

    • Provided personal care for adult and older adult clients in the community setting.

    Private Clients, Whitby, ON, January – June 2011
    Personal Support Worker

    • Provided home management care including hygiene and grooming, feeding, intermittent female catherization, and medication administration.

    Alliance Youth Services Inc., Toronto, ON, September 2008 – November 2010
    Youth Support Worker

    • Supported younger adult clients with various physical and psychiatric illnesses such as…
    • Provided home management and assistance with daily living.

    BayShore Home Health, Halifax, NS, September 2009 – May 2010
    Patient Attendant

    • Supervised clients in a hospital setting specifically adults on psychiatric units.

    *** Include your clinical experience if you’re applying to one of those sites. ***


    • Community/Public Health: Good Neighbors Club, Toronto, ON, Winter 2013
    • Acute Medicine: Markham Stouffville Hospital, Markham, ON, Fall 2012
    • Acute Medicine: Rouge Valley Health System – Centenary Site, Scarborough, ON, Fall 2011
    • Family Medicine: Pasua Hospital and Massai Village Clinic, Moshi, Tanzania, Summer 2012
    • Palliative Care: Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, ON, Winter 2012
    • Complex Continuing Care: Toronto Grace Hospital, Toronto, ON, Winter 2011

    Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
    Post-Diploma Bachelor of Science in Nursing, expected September 2013

    Centennial College, Scarborough, ON
    RPN Bridging to University Nursing, September 2012 – April 2013
    Practical Nursing Diploma, April 2012

    Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
    Science, April 2010

    *** You need to edit your education. Write the name of the institution, the exact name of the degree you obtained, and when you obtained that degree. You have a degree in Science???***

    Here are examples:
    John Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
    Master of Science in Nursing, expected May 2013

    Boston University, Baltimore, MD
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing, May 2010


    • Are you a member of anything?


    • Nursing license: #: expires (date)
    • Canadian Red Cross CPR/AED Level HCP and Standard First Aid: expires (date)

  6. by   BolBol
    Use this to work on your resume:

    Career Center Online Resources | School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University

    Remember to keep it concise and only add information that pertains to nursing (including education).
    Hope I was able to help!
  7. by   BolBol
    Also watch your headings. Look at how I worded them and at how you worded them.
  8. by   joanna73
    Employers receive many applications, and managers generally scan quickly and move on. Your Highlights of Qualifications should be brief as well. I wouldn't elaborate it. You want people to continue reading your resume. Two to three brief bullets maximum there. It's too long.

    Since you are a recent grad, and you're enrolled in a bridging program for your RN, I would do this:

    Highlights of Qualifications
    Work Experience
    Clinical Experience

    Your most recent jobs could be 4 bullet points, the rest of them maybe 3 bullets as you have it now. Again, employers need to have an idea of your skills, but the rest you can elaborate on in the interview.

    Your resume looks good, but you just need to shorten and tweak it a bit.
  9. by   sampan
    Thanks both of you, this is all very helpful. I actually stumbled on the JHU site a few minutes ago and really like the resume guide.

    Joanna - for skills, like for example in my current paediatric home care job, I deal mostly with congenital disorders, and the majority of what I do is feeding tubes, tracheostomies, and assessments. Would you recommend that I get that specific?

    Bolbol - for the education section, I do not have a degree in Science, but I did do a year of general science courses. It's not exactly nursing but I have found that it had been a topic of conversation at interviews and served both as a foundation and major factor in my decision to pursue nursing.

    Thanks again

  10. by   joanna73
    I would leave out that year of general science courses. It isn't really relevant now. You have your RPN education, post nursing courses and you're currently in a bridging program. That's sufficient. Many people take a year of general health courses prior to nursing school. Use that space for something else.

    For the peds job, you still need to be concise and brief. A resume is meant to capture who you are, but it shouldn't be a whole list of things that are common knowledge. Every nursing position involves assessing someone. Leave that out. In a couple of bullets, explain the key areas of your work.

    I hope this helps.
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