at our local books-a-million bookstore, i found an absolutely wonderful book which i feel comfortable saying you'd most likely enjoy too. it covers the type of question you've asked and includes information for graduate nurses as well as old-timers like myself.
the book is your career in nursing: manage your future in the changing world of healthcare
by annette t. vallano, m.s., r.n., c.s. (paperback; published by simon & schuster in january 2003; isbn# 0-7432-3521-5; retail price is $18.00).
there is a chapter devoted to resumes. like emerald said, an "objective" is not always necessary. i'll now quote from the book on pages 224 & 225:
"profile or summary of qualifications
use this in place of a job objective, which tends to limit and perhaps pigeonhole you. a job objective can be included in the cover letter that accompanies each resume you send out. guidelines for writing a cover letter are included at the end of this section.
"you might wait until your resume is completed to write the profile so that you have a better sense of what you want to include. a profile is a summary, not a complete repetition of your resume. it should highlight your best 'selling' features as well as the kind of characteristics that employers are looking for today.
"here's an example of what a new graduate's profile might look like:
"resourceful registered nurse with healthcare experience as a certified emergency medical technician and a proven work history, ready to apply transferable skills, including first-aid and basic life support, and a lifelong interest in nursing. excels in settings requiring independent decision-making as well as team collaboration. excellent organizational and critical thinking skills.
"this is what a more experienced nurse might write:
"highly motivated and resourceful registered nurse with demonstrated effectiveness in the managed care environment as well as solid medical-surgical experience in acute care and community settings. proficient in communicating and facilitating the acceptance of controversial managed-care concepts. excels in advocating for patients within this cost-sensitive environment. capable of prioritizing multiple responsibilities in fast-paced environments."
the author also has 3 pages of action verbs in the chapter organized into 11 skill categories to help jog your memory and give you ideas of which ones could apply to your personal experience.
i can't recommend this book enough!
i hope my post has been helpful to you in some small way. i wish you only the best life can offer you in your nursing career!!