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Specializes in oncology, MS/tele/stepdown. Has 6 years experience.

Please disregard formatting discrepancies that occurred during the copy-paste process. I'm struggling with writing my resume because I want to be specific about what I've done on my unit these past two years, but I feel I'm stating the obvious at times. I am open to any and all constructive criticism. Thanks in advance!

Objective

To obtain a registered nurse position in a critical care unit.

Experience

Staff Nurse, [unit, Hospital, Dates]

- Assess, medicate, and manage care for up to six patients on a 24-bed telemetry/oncology unit, including medical-surgical and telemetry overflow. Float to other medical-surgical and telemetry units as needed.

- Interpret and document cardiac rhythm strips. Perform 12-lead EKGs, peripheral blood draws and IV insertion, and central line care and central line blood draws. Administer chemotherapy and biotherapy, transfuse blood products, and infuse medications requiring titration. Perform tracheostomy care, wound care, and PEG tube medication administration and feeds.

- Act as relief charge nurse and telemetry resource nurse. Participate in Pyxis ES Work Group.

- Coordinate with interdisciplinary team to develop and implement individualized plan of care. Participate in interdisciplinary rounding with patients and families via telehealth.

- Completed UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program, with research project, "[Title]". Completed AACN Critical Care Orientation and Basic ECG Interpretation.

Other Work History

Nurse Extern, [unit, Hospital, Dates]

- Assisted patients with activities of daily living. Obtained vital signs. Performed wound care, post-mortem care, and specimen collection. Transported patients for tests and procedures. Trained new ancillary staff.

Office Assistant, [Doctor's Office, Dates]

- Assisted with appointment scheduling and medical billing. Scanned and sorted paper documents into electronic medical record.

Pharmacy Technician, [Pharmacy, Dates]

- Entered and prepared prescriptions and processed customer transactions. Resolved and documented insurance inquiries. Organized and maintained medication inventory. Trained new pharmacy technicians.

Education

[Nursing school, dates]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

[Other College, dates]

Bachelor of the Arts in Anthropology, Human Biology Track

Minor in Spanish Language, Certificate in Spanish Language for Health and Human Services Professions

Licenses & Certifications

- Pennsylvania State Registered Nurse

- AHA BLS & ACLS

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llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

I agree with you ... you spend too much space stating the obvious. I'd cut about 33% out and re-format the rest to make it easier to read (more like a list and less like paragraphs).

Saying that you provided care for "up to 6 patients ..." covers a lot. I don't think there is any reason to list all the things you did for those patients. I'd probably include that you have been a Charge Nurse and the title of your residency research project. If you feel it necessary to list particular nursing skills, special procedures, equipment you are familiar with, etc. do that on another page. Simply add a statement say something like "See additional page for a list of skills, procedures, and equipment I am experienced with."

Change staff nurse to clinical nurse.

Swellz

Specializes in oncology, MS/tele/stepdown. Has 6 years experience.

So everything is okay except the actual nursing portion. Figures haha. My only problem then is that I don't know what to put. This is all I can come up with (and yes, I did join a new committee since yesterday). I don't know what else to say, because I don't have any special recognition that I've received. I don't know how to stand out.

Clinical Nurse [Hospital, Unit, Dates]

  • Assess, medicate, and manage care for up to six patients on a 24-bed telemetry/oncology unit, including medical-surgical and telemetry overflow.
  • Coordinate with interdisciplinary team to develop and implement individualized plan of care. Participate in interdisciplinary rounding with patients and families via telehealth.
  • Act as relief charge nurse and telemetry resource nurse.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary Pyxis ES Work Group to resolve medication administration issues with Pyxis upgrade. Participate in unit-based social committee to plan events for entertainment of patients and families.
  • Completed UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program, with research project, "The Use of Resiliency Education to Reduce Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Oncology Nurses". Completed AACN Critical Care Orientation and Basic ECG Interpretation.

AdultPsychRN

Specializes in Adult Psychiatric. Has 1 years experience.

These are far too lengthy of skills statements. You might say something like:

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  • Collaborated with an interdisciplinary team ensuring patient needs were met

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  • Assessed patient needs and prioritized work flow accordingly

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  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills as Charge Nurse

Your objective statement needs to be more catching. It is obvious your goal is to obtain a CCU job or you would not be applying for the position, so make it a riveting statement. Without being able to attach something, I can't really show you a good resume format.

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