1 year mark in the ED and need resume help

  1. Hi all!

    I did it, I am no longer a new grad and I survived my first year in the ED. It has been a tough year but I have learned so much!

    I moved out of state to have this experience and I am in the process of scoping out the jobs available out there for experienced ED nurses in my home state (California). I know that 1 year is not a lot of experience which is why I am asking if anyone has tips for me on how to taylor my resume and get noticed by nursing managers. Thank you!
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  3. by   VickyRN
    Moved to Nursing Resume Help Forum, since better suited to this inquiry
  4. by   sofiamcclain
    Congratulations! Happy for you ! ER is a very interesting thing, either you like it or hate it! Definitely not for everyone In regards of the resume, try to find out the name of DON of the hospital you are applying to, and sent her/him a complete package that includes resume, cover letter,references letter and copy of your certificates (specialty, ACLS, PALS, EKG, etc). In every hospital most of the hiring process is held online , therefore your resume goes to the database.As you can imagine not every single applicant is being looked at , its about who you know.

    Be precise on your description, mentioned your experiences and knowledge, achievements. Have your patient thanked you and thought you are the wonderful nurse? You are a professional, show your skills, be confident and true.
    Don't write something that you are not familiar with, be honest.

    I got my ER job after having a clinical rotation during my rn refresher course(i have been out of work for 7 years), during my only 2 days of clinical I went to my instructor and asked her , how can I meet with a director or ER. ER director saw my friend and I during that time. We got an interview, but I was calling daily to follow up. good luck!
  5. by   luvleigrace
    Some tips that I can think off the bat: 1) If you studied and did your nursing clinicals in Cali, def apply to the hospitals that you had your clinicals over there. 2) Always send a cover letter. 3) Take additional certification courses if you can. You mentioned that you've been in ER for over a year or so. If you're eligible, try taking the CEN certification to highlight your dedication, specialization and competency in emergency nursing. 4) Look around if you can take a Trauma Nursing course in surrounding hospitals in your location. 5) Look into if you can become an ACLS instructor. 6) I would highly recommend sticking in your current job and only move once you secure a job in Cali. Best wishes!
  6. by   hella_RN
    Thank you all for the great input and tips! I have been recognized by family members for service excellence so I am definitely going to mention that. And I agree, I will only move back if I have a secure job offer in hand. Thanks again!

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