Graduate in May with LPN, need advice on my resume!!

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[h=1]Hello! I am scheduled to graduate in May and sit for boards soon after but wanted to get a jump start on looking for an LPN position. I have no medical experience other than what I have received through nursing school. (I have veterinary technician experience but wasn't sure if I should put that under a tab called "Related Experience" This is a rough draft so any constructive criticism is GREATLY appreciated!! Thank you!

Objective[/h]

To obtain a position as a Licensed Practical Nurse in a Health Care facility that will allow me to provide the highest level of care using my healthcare education and training, communication skills and my self-directed prioritization skills.

[h=1]Education[/h]

[h=2]XXX College (2009-2013)[/h]I am currently completing my last semester of the practical nursing program. Scheduled to graduate May 2013 and preparing to pass my state licensure exam May/June 2013.

[h=1]Clinical Experience[/h]

[h=2]Long Term Care August 2012 - December 2012[/h][h=2]Obstetrical/Gynecological Nursing January 2013[/h]Psychiatric Nursing February 2013

Pediatric Nursing February 2013

Medical/Surgical Unit Nursing March 2013 - May 2013

[h=1]Skills[/h]

- Assessment & Vital signs/Blood Glucose monitoring

- Medication Administration (PO, IM, SQ, IVPB)

- Assisting with ADL's

- Assisting Health Care Provider with care

- Care planning

- Patient Advocate/ Patient & Family teaching

- Monitor IV sites

- Wound Dressings

- Foley Catheter Administration/Removal

- EMR Documentation - trained on Cerner

- Patient care & assessment of newborns

- Meticulous Organization Skills

- Interpersonal skills

- Microsoft Office

[h=1]Professional/ Educational Organizations[/h]

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recognizes students for their distinct GPA and community involvement.

Student Nurses Association

The SNA has given me the opportunity to volunteer my time as a student nurse in the community by offering blood pressure screenings and has also given me the opportunity to become a leader and to give back to my college and community by means of donation.

[h=1]Certification/Training[/h]

Healthcare Provider CPR/AED Certification (September 2011 - September 2013)

American Heart Association

Sexual Abuse Prevention Training (March 2013)

Steward's of Children

Lucky22707

9 Posts

The format messed up when I copied and pasted my information!

Bayat

86 Posts

Well, assuming the content is all there and nobody else tried critiquing it, thought I'd take a stab at it. At this stage in your career you need to punch up your clinicals and kinda treat it like a job: show your quantifying accomplishments and values so you can show your employer what you can do for him/her in the future. Use the Skill Highlights to list your top 4-8 skills; minor skills or elements of your major skills are in the clinicals.

Yes, your tech experience is important additional experience, list it. But you don't have to bullet point your accomplishments and value as it's not towards your career.

Since you completed clinicals but haven't done boards yet, quess I'd try tacking on "Candidate" to your brand. As you complete boards, you can drop off "Candidate" and tack on "LPN" after your name. And as you mature in the field you can find an apt branding adjective to say what kind of nurse your are. Let's see how the group thinks about this.

Usual discalmer: some of the wording is somewhat generic and may or may not apply to your personality and career stage and is presented as informational. Be sure to go over it and tailor with true personality, skills, knowledge and abilities. Once you revamp your resume, be sure to show it to your professors, placement counselors, and trusted friends for honest feedback.

Use the 7-second test with your friends: Show them your resume cold and have them read it for 7 seconds, then pull it away and see what they can recall about you from your resume. From what they say adjust your resume so the info you want your employer to remember about is more clear. Good luck.

My Name

Street • City, State ZIP • Phone • email

Skilled Licensed Practical Nurse Candidate

Dedicated and reliable professional with a steadfast commitment to patient satisfaction completing clinicals working towards board certification in . Desire a full-time position in an

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

• Disciplined, energetic employee who quickly establishes rapport with patients and colleagues.

• Dedicated, reliable and punctual with perfect school and clinical attendance record.

• Exceptional capacity to multi-task: manage numerous, often competing priorities with ease and foster the provision of superior patient care.

LICENSURES & CERTIFICATIONS

LPN - ADN, pending NCLEX-PN exam, anticipated late 06/2013

CPR/AED Certification for Healthcare Providers, American Heart Association, 10/2011

SKILL HIGHLIGHTS

. . . • IV infusion therapy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .• Talented in minor surgery assistance

. . . • Wound cleaning/care expertise . . . . . . . . . . . • Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software

. . . • Foley catheter regiment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . • Microsoft office suite and Windows

. . . • Medical clinical procedures comprehension . . . • Strong medical ethics

EDUCATION

XXX COLLEGE, Location

Associate of Science Program-Nursing (Senior status), anticipated completion 05/2013

STEWARD'S OF CHILDREN, Locaton

Sexual Abuse Prevention Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 03/2013

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Med-Surg. . . . . . . .

Psychiatric. . . . . . .

Pediatric. . . . . . . .

OB/GYN . . . . . . . .

Long Term Care . .

Summary:

. . . • Performed Foley Catheter insertion/removal care, wound dressing changes and PO/IM/SQ/IVPB administration.

. . . • Assisted with ADL’s, Health Care Providers and with patient assessments/examinations/care planning.

. . . • Documented accurately treatment plans on CERNER computerized charting.

. . . • Focus on the populations you have treated and include the diagnosis.

. . . • What did you learn, develop, or teach to patients and their families?

ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

COMPANY, Location, Veterinary technician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . • One bullet that documented awards or recognition if space available.

AFFILIATIONS

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Student Nurses Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .

COMMUNITY SERVICE

• Volunteered hours at to gain experience in .

Lucky22707

9 Posts

Bayat - Thank you SO SO much. Wow, your example sounds and flows so much better than mine! I will make corrections and take your advice with showing instructors, my advisor, and friends from class to hear their opinions. I really appreciate the time you took to help me. Thanks again :)

Bayat

86 Posts

According to your resume you're in a couple of affiliations. From http://www.nsna.org/portals/0/skins/nsna/pdf/realitiesofthecurrentjobmarket.pdf :

"Before you graduate: Meet with your college/university career services department (submit your name and resumé to their data base) at least one semester or quarter prior to graduation and follow-up 4 weeks prior to commencement. Introduce yourself to the alumni chapter members of your educational institution; attend meetings and ask them to help you find your first job."

Also check in with alumni sponsers of your affiliations and see if you can network with them.

Bayat

86 Posts

As a reminder: content is part of the resume process - imaging it is the other. As an example, the above was imaged into one type of resume for a color printer.

Resume drill 2013-05-04 imaging.doc

Lucky22707

9 Posts

Thank you Thank you! :D I really love the style of the example you've given me. Also, thank you for the website reference. I have never been to this site before and it looks like they have a LOT of great information and resources!

NewbieNurse4U

20 Posts

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Great if you message me your email address I can send you mines.

pookyp, LPN

1,073 Posts

Well' date=' assuming the content is all there and nobody else tried critiquing it, thought I'd take a stab at it. At this stage in your career you need to punch up your clinicals and kinda treat it like a job: show your quantifying accomplishments and values so you can show your employer what you can do for him/her in the future. Use the Skill Highlights to list your top 4-8 skills; minor skills or elements of your major skills are in the clinicals. Yes, your tech experience is important additional experience, list it. But you don't have to bullet point your accomplishments and value as it's not towards your career. Since you completed clinicals but haven't done boards yet, quess I'd try tacking on "Candidate" to your brand. As you complete boards, you can drop off "Candidate" and tack on "LPN" after your name. And as you mature in the field you can find an apt branding adjective to say what kind of nurse your are. Let's see how the group thinks about this. Usual discalmer: some of the wording is somewhat generic and may or may not apply to your personality and career stage and is presented as informational. Be sure to go over it and tailor with true personality, skills, knowledge and abilities. Once you revamp your resume, be sure to show it to your professors, placement counselors, and trusted friends for honest feedback. Use the 7-second test with your friends: Show them your resume cold and have them read it for 7 seconds, then pull it away and see what they can recall about you from your resume. From what they say adjust your resume so the info you want your employer to remember about is more clear. Good luck. My Name Street • City, State ZIP • Phone • email Skilled Licensed Practical Nurse Candidate Dedicated and reliable professional with a steadfast commitment to patient satisfaction completing clinicals working towards board certification in . Desire a full-time position in an hours at to gain experience in .[/quote']

This is good!