Trying to change specialty, criticize my resume please

  1. i am a 1 year experienced telemetry nurse who is trying to internally transfer to ob. i just did a lot of changes on my resume after some resume tips and critiques on other people's resumes that i've read here.

    i see that some parts of my resume look disorganized here after copying/pasting from word document. please ignore. believe me, it looks neat on a word document. however, the content is the same after all.
    please take a look and let me know if there is any vague statements, grammatical errors or things that i could add to make me a better candidate.

    to me, my experience section seems to have a long list. is it overwhelming?

    another thing, i can't really see what i could list on my student nurse experience section. my rn experience already covers a lot of my student nurse experience anyway, so i don't want to repeat myself. i don't even think it is very wise to still list student experience after a year of nursing experience. should i just leave that part out?

    i found this resume template long time ago while still in nursing school. it includes a quote. here is the resume:



    jane doe, rn
    home address. phone. e-mail address

    professional profile
    registered nurse with adn degree, hospital and clinical experience. organized, dependable, ethical healthcare provider with ability to teach, critically think, multitask, stay calm and intervene during crisis situations collaborating with multidisciplinary team members. surgical telemetry experience caring for preoperative and postoperative adult patients. dedicated patient advocate. bilingual with clear writing and speaking abilities in english and german. quick learner, eager to learn all aspects of obstetrics nursing. bls and basic dysrhythmia recognition certified.



    "nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of god's spirit? it is one of the fine arts: i had almost said the finest of fine arts."
    -florence nightingale



    professional experience

    registered nurse (rn) may 2011 to present
    surgical telemetry unit

    x hospital,city, state



    • - provides high quality nursing care for up to 7 acutely ill patients with wide variety of diagnoses including pre/post-operative and medical conditions.
    • - prioritizes and multitasks to meet multiple patient needs using effective time management.
    • - performs complete and frequent nursing assessments along with recognizing change in patient status, adjusting care and initiating care plan and interventions including transferring patient to a higher level of care.
    • - performs frequent patient and family teaching before and after operations about operative procedures, wound care, drains, treatment plan, medical devices, diet, medications, and activity.
    • - uses sterile technique and infection control measures to care for simple and complicated wounds including post surgical, diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, colostomies, and tracheostomies.
    • - manages various critical drips; administers po, im, sq, ngt, gt, pr, and iv medications including narcotics, total parenteral nutrition (tpn), blood and blood products.
    • - works with diverse medical tools such as feeding pumps, iv pumps, patient control anesthesia (pca) pumps, cardiac monitors, chest tubes, airway suctioning machines, diverse wound care supplies, straight and foley catheters.
    • - delegates and supervises cna's; communicates with md's based on patient assessments and unexpected lab values.


    student nurse (sn) august2009 to may 2011

    x hospital (same hospital as above)


    • - under supervision of the clinical instructor, provided care for patients in variety of units including telemetry, med-surge/oncology, labor & delivery, nursery, intensive care unit, emergency department, operating room, medical care unit.
    • - interacted with a variety of personnel including nurses, nurse aides, secretary, along with patient families.
    • - leaded 2-3 student nurses every once in a while.



    education

    rn to bsn
    x university, state

    anticipated graduation date: may 2013.


    associates in applied science/ adn degree
    graduated: may 2011
    xyz college

    city, state






    awards/recognition/ achievements


    spring 2012 and fall 2008 - placed on dean's list with gpa of 4.0.

    2009-certificate of achievement- michael f. stephens, m.d. scholarship award.

    2008-invited and joined phi theta kappa honor society, at x college






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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   nyteshade
    I interview candidates and have seen quite a bit of resumes from nurses switching specialties. If you want to jump to OB, I'd want to know what you've done to get familiar with OB. How about CEs or classes on the matter to highlight your interest? I see you have a grasp of MS/tele, but your resume alone doesn't convey to me you have interest in OB. I agree with you that the student section can go, it doesn't tell me much about you now as a nurse.
    Last edit by nyteshade on May 21, '12 : Reason: typo
  4. by   martymoose
    Wouldn't it be better to say "precepted student nurses" than leaded?
  5. by   Seas
    Quote from nyteshade
    I interview candidates and have seen quite a bit of resumes from nurses switching specialties. If you want to jump to OB, I'd want to know what you've done to get familiar with OB. How about CEs or classes on the matter to highlight your interest? I see you have a grasp of MS/tele, but your resume alone doesn't convey to me you have interest in OB. I agree with you that the student section can go, it doesn't tell me much about you now as a nurse.
    Right, I know! It is very weak on OB skills unless they count wound care and teaching part. I am trying to figure out what OB related classes/certificates and where I could get them. I sure will work on this. Thank you for the advice!
  6. by   Seas
    Quote from jrwest
    Wouldn't it be better to say "precepted student nurses" than leaded?
    Maybe. I was called "team leader" when I leaded some other students in clinicals. So I thought I'd use that word on the resume. But I am planning to remove the student nurse experience section all together. :uhoh21:
  7. by   Stephalump
    Quote from Seas

    Maybe. I was called "team leader" when I leaded some other students in clinicals. So I thought I'd use that word on the resume. But I am planning to remove the student nurse experience section all together. :uhoh21:
    It's "lead.". I'm terrible at resume writing, so I'm of no help. But I CAN tell you "leaded" is not a word unless you're saying something contains the element lead...like glass. Just in case you keep that part in
  8. by   Seas
    Quote from Stephalump
    It's "lead.". I'm terrible at resume writing, so I'm of no help. But I CAN tell you "leaded" is not a word unless you're saying something contains the element lead...like glass. Just in case you keep that part in
    Oh I see now. Thank you! I will change that part!
  9. by   Stephalump
    Quote from Seas
    Oh I see now. Thank you! I will change that part!
    Eek, typo! I meant "led," not "lead.". I've been to way too long
  10. by   nyteshade
    Quote from Seas
    Right, I know! It is very weak on OB skills unless they count wound care and teaching part. I am trying to figure out what OB related classes/certificates and where I could get them. I sure will work on this. Thank you for the advice!
    No prob! Good luck!

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