Hi. I hope this is the appropriate place to post this
. I am writing my resume and i want it to accurately reflect what i have done, of course. The thing is this. I don't have any work experience except for 4 months at this certain hospital because i was a new grad. I had to then stop work because i needed to take care of my mother who was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Because i am a nurse and she is my mother, who trust me dearly, i was the person to care for her and so i stopped work. I utilized a lot of nursing skills while taking care of her (administered subcu chemo, did her blood transfusions, monitored her, and kept her ocologist updated re: her condition). I also read up on a lot of things before doing them even if i have done them because she is my mom. I pretty much took care of her everywhere! But all of this was done out of love and understanding- that is, she didn't like pay me or "formally employ" me. My mom is a doctor and so her oncologist alowed me to do these things as he also knows i worked at this hospital where she received her inpatient tx, where he works, where i used to work. I know the policies and practices of the hospital and i know the staff there so i could do these things "informally". I have these skills but i don't know what title i could use to put these skills under. Any suggestions, pls.? I knew my limitations but i also knew i could take care of my mother and i learned many things along the way (but not putting my mom's life at risk), which could be useful to put in the resume. Could i use the title of private duty nurse or if something else, do you have suggestions? Thanks!
Jan 19, '07
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
Placing my manager hat on here....
Sorry: You were not hired as a private duty nurse so can not claim that as a job you held. To do so would be considered fradualent in the eyes of most HR and Nursing Managers.
What you can do is list under "Job Experience" the formal hospital position.
then have " Additional Experience" category:
Date to Date:
provided nursing care to Dr. XYG, family member, under direction oncologist Dr ABC. Administered at home subcu chemo, blood transfusions, IV care (insert type IV access), performed Nursing assessment with weekly + prn assessment to Dr ABC.
Add in any lab work, catheter care, or other clinical skills performed.
This is showing the nursing skills you utilized without trying to look like fraudlently padding resume IMHO and explains why you have employment gap honestly. Ask DR ABC if they would be a reference for you.
That type resume would get you hired by me, instead of going to the trash bin when it come out pt was family member.
Home infusion companies possibly would consider hiring you especially with Oncologist reference.
Good luck and hope you find your niche.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jan 19, '07