Resume help!!!

  1. hello everyone. i was wondering if i could get some help with my resume. i have no idea what i'm doing, and i have no clue if what i have is any good. i only have 8 months experience as a nurse, so i feel like i'm trying to just add fluff to make my resume look good. i don't know if i have too many examples of skills. any tips? oh and sorry the formatting didn't copy over like i actually have it, so it may not look quite right.

    susie smith, rn, bsn
    phone * email

    objective: seeking a nursing position in which i can expand my skills and experience while providing quality care to patients.
    summary of qualifications:

    • knowledge of medical, nursing, and clinical practices
    • nursing experience specialized in orthopedics, post-surgical patients, and orthopedic trauma
    • outstanding organization and time management skills
    • interpersonal communication skills
    • experience with computerized charting as well as paper charting
    • knowledge of nursing standards of practice
    • use of evidence based practice to provide quality care

    nursing skills:

    - full postoperative assessments of spine and joint patients
    - blood transfusions
    - phlebotomy
    - entering and signing off md orders
    - traction
    - pca/cadd pain management
    - cpm machines for postoperative range of motion
    - medication administration
    - cryocuff therapy
    - iv therapy
    - insulin and heparin drips/titration
    - leech therapy
    - patient lift equipment
    - care of patients with wound vacs/hemovacs/jp drains
    - dressing changes
    - patient/family education

    professional experience:
    hospital abc, somewhere, usa
    staff nurse- orthopedics, january 2011-present

    • responsible for patient management from admission to discharge
    • total patient care of 4-6 postoperative patients or up to 8 postoperative patients with the assistance of an lpn
    • instruct patients and families regarding medications, preventive care and health management

    clinical experience:
    - 6 week, 192 hour practicum on a cardiac telemetry unit- total care of 4-5 patients under rn supervision
    - other clinical rotations included neuro icu, respiratory/oncology, postpartum, pediatrics, mental health, and long term care
    university abc, anywhere, usa

    bachelor degree in nursing, 2006-2010

    gpa- 3.758, graduated cum laude

    rn-board certified, state of indiana

    cpr certification, updated january 2011
    references: available upon request
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    moved to our nursing career advice

    visit my thread for current thinking on nursing resumes:
    2012 tips: perfecting nursing resume, cover letter + online nursing job applications

    need stronger objective statement to set yourself apart from competition who use similar phrasing. i'd combine first and last summary of qualification statements:
    use evidence based practices to provide quality nursing care.

    i'd drop 2nd line of clinical experience as all bsn nursing students have those rotations. not all have nursing programs have practicum -want that to be clearly seen. focus on professional experience that you have -nicely outlined under nursing skills, to avoid appearing as new nursing graduate.

    correct license certification section.

    certification is:

    1. voluntary process;
    2. by a private organization;
    3. for the purpose of providing the public information on those individuals who have successfully completed the certification process (usually entailing successful completion of educational and testing requirements) and demonstrated their ability to perform their profession competently.

    licensure, on the other hand, is the state’s grant of legal authority, pursuant to the state’s police powers, to practice a profession within a designated scope of practice.

    instead list: indiana rn license + dates.
    current thinking is not to list license # on resume so if resume goes astray, no one can get hold of your number. employeers can verify online in most states under name + will verify against license copy provided at interview.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jan 13, '14