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New Grad RN Resume Advice Needed!

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by _Cecilia_ _Cecilia_, BSN, RN (Member) Member Nurse

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Hello! I am planning to apply for jobs very soon; however, I would highly appreciate any questions, comments or concerns regarding my resume.

Smallest font is 10 pt, and it is one page.

Thank you for taking your time to review it!

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NICU Guy has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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I don't think that you need to include the typical nursing classes that every new graduate has taken to get their degree. I would keep Capstone in your resume, especially if it is in a specialty that you are applying for. In the eyes of an employer, a Capstone is equivalent to new hire orientation.  Which means that you can be up to speed quicker than someone that has never stepped foot on that unit.

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elizabeast7 has 7 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN and specializes in TMS, Education, Simulation.

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I think the only thing I often recommend to new graduates is to include any experiences with EHRs on your resume. Otherwise, this looks good to me. We do have our students put their specific hours, but I think that's up to you. Hours vary by program so sometimes it's good to show how many you got and where they were done. Good luck on job hunting!

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Hi, I love the format of your resume. I was wondering what template did you use?

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Nurse.Kelsey has 0 years experience as a RN and specializes in Pediatric Home Health (LPN).

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Hi! As I went through your resume, these are just some things I noticed in case you wanted to alter some things..

Suggestions to think about:

  • I dont know about the 95%, 96%, 97% satisfaction mentioned in your resume. Correct me if I am wrong about that.
  • You could say "Bachelors of Science in Nursing" instead
  • Maybe dont say "skin day" assessments but maybe use the terminology - "skin assessment performed" or "utilized Braden Scale"
  • Instead of psychiatric you could say "Mental Health"
  • Instead of nursing home you could say "Skilled Nursing Facility"
  • Listed under certifications you could list ACLS, BLS, PALS if you have them

 

I think you listed your clinicals and capstone experience very well! Its good to show your clinical sites as a new grad. Overall format is great! Good luck 🙂

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, kchu1294 said:

Hi, I love the format of your resume. I was wondering what template did you use?

Hi Kchu,

I appreciate it! I used paint to create the header, pasted it on Microsoft doc as an image, and then edited the image so that it fits the entire header space. I created text boxes for my LinkedIn, Phone number, and email address with the highlight color as the same color as the header. I downloaded the text font online. For everything else, I changed margin locations.

Hope this helps!

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UPDATE FROM AUTHOR:

Thank you everyone for the advice so far! Currently, I am editing the resume, so the above isn't as current. I can post my final edits soon, so that it may be used as a reference if anyone would like to make one similar. Again, thank you all!

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HERE IS THE UPDATED VERSION. Thank you! I'll be using this resume to send to applications, and I will also try to customize the resume to fit what the recruiter is looking for when applying to different units.

Also, my BLS Certification expired, so I wasn't able to place it in my resume.

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Nurse.Kelsey has 0 years experience as a RN and specializes in Pediatric Home Health (LPN).

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@_Cecilia_ I recommend you keep your clinical experience. All of the new grad interviews I had wanted to know about them.

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llg has 42 years experience as a PhD, RN and specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

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My recommendation for listing your student clinical experiences is to list them on a separate page.   Put a capstone experience (and anything else that is super-relevant to the job you are applying for) within the main resume.   Then say something like, "Additional student experiences listed on page 2."    That way, they don't clutter up your resume, but are there easily accessible for anyone who wants that information.

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 @nurse.kelly.RN and @llg: Is it alright to list a page two? I know usually resumes are one page, so I'm concerned about having two pages. At my university, our professor mentioned that some hospitals like one page and others like two pages. If I were to have only one page, what would you two suggest that I remove?

Thank you!

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NICU Guy has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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On ‎9‎/‎26‎/‎2019 at 11:02 PM, _Cecilia_ said:

If I were to have only one page, what would you two suggest that I remove?

I would leave it as it is, it is a quality resume. It highlights all the important info that you want to tell them. I agree with llg, make the second page your clinicals or create a clinicals page and take it with you to interviews. Ask them if they want a copy at the interview.

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