New ICU Nurse - Need help w/ resume

  1. Hello Everyone, I'm currently trying to relocate to another city. I have about 6mo of ICU experience as an RN and over 1yr of experience in the ICU as a nurse tech in nursing school.

    I'm having trouble with my experience section as an RN. I want them to see our hospital does care for a wide variety of patients, but I feel like this is way to wordy with too much information. I put this much because I want them to see how much experience I have so far.

    I appreciate any and all the help. Thanks!!!


    To obtain a Registered Nurse position where I can utilize my education and training to provide premiere care to patients, contribute to an elite team, and continue my personal development and learning while completing a B.S. in Nursing.


    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX
    Major: Bachelors of Science in Nursing (Online)
    August 2014 - May 2015

    Covenant School of Nursing, Lubbock, TX
    RN Diploma/Graduate Nurse
    January 2012 - December 2013

    Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
    Undergraduate: General studies/pre-requisites for RN program
    August 2007 - May 2011


    Covenant Health System, Surgical ICU, Lubbock, TX 1/2014 - Present
    Registered Nurse I, Full-time, Nights
    Responsible for total patient care and advocacy of 1-3 patients in a 32 bed surgical intensive care unit. Also, receiving medical intensive care and cardiac intensive care overflow
    Provided care for pre/post-operative patients undergoing intracranial, cardiovascular, thoracic, abdominal, orthopedic surgeries, and cardiac caths
    Assumed care for patients, including, but not limited to neurologic, cardiac, pulmonary, nephritic, gastrointestinal, immunosuppressed, traumatic, psychiatric, and infectious illnesses
    Safely administered medications orally, intravenously, nasogastrically, intramuscularly and monitored vasoactive grips, sedation, insulin grips, transparental nutrition, blood and blood product transfusions, intravenous fluids, electrolytes, and antibiotics
    Monitored and maintained ventilated patients, tracheostomies, arterial lines, central venous pressure lines, ventriculostomies, nephrotic tubes, chest tubes, internal drains,
    Assisted in bedside intubation, central line placement, PICC line placement, and codes
    Collaborated with MD's, APRN's, and other members of the critical care team
    Electronic Medical Record documentation certified

    Covenant Health System, Lakeside & Surgical ICU, Lubbock, TX 12/2012 - 12/2013
    Nurse Tech, On-Call/PRN
    Performed basic care of critically ill patients under direct supervision of a licensed nurse
    Assisted licensed nurses with accurate assessments and documentation
    Remove intravenous lines, indwelling catheters, and drains per hospital protocol
    Advocate for patients and reported health changes to TPCN
    Assisted patients with daily activities
    Followed isolation precautions and infection control procedures

    Other Work History

    Covenant Hospital, Staffing Operations, Lubbock, TX 4/2011 - 12/2012
    Patient Care Assistant, On-Call/PRN

    Lubbock Region MHMR, Sunrise Canyon Hospital, Lubbock, TX 1/2009 - 12/2010
    Mental Health Specialist, On-Call/PRN

    Office Depot, Business Services Center, Lubbock, TX 5/2007 - 8/2010
    Customer Service Specialist III, Full-time

    TTUHSC, Office of Sponsored Programs, Lubbock, TX 8/2008 - 8/2009
    Student Assistant, Part-time

    Durbin and Company, Lubbock, TX 1/2007 - 4/2007
    Office Assistant, Part-time

    License & Certifications

    Licensed Registered Nurse I'll be adding my dates acquired here
    Basic Life Support
    Advanced Cardiac Life Support
    NIH Stoke Certification
    Electrocardiogram Monitoring Certification

    Professional Affiliations

    Texas Nurse Association
    American Nurses Association
    American Association of Critical Care Nurses

    Volunteer Service

    Active Minds
    Children's Home of Lubbock
    Second Helpings - First United Methodist Church
    South Plain Food Bank
    Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
    The Haven Animal Shelter - Lubbock
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  3. by   sweetdreameRN
    Honestly, I have been on a few hiring committees, and I just skim all that stuff you have below each job. I understand you want to push the experience you have, but you will have the chance to do it in the interview. Your resume looks fine to me. But, I will admit that I don't think its a positive thing that you are leaving a job after less than 6 months as a new grad. You probably haven't been off orientation long. I feel like that is the biggest red flag on your resume, but I understand that people have various reasons for relocating. Just be prepared with a good explanation for leaving, because hospitals put a lot of money into training new grads, and if they leave in less than two years, they are losing that investment.

    If I were you, I would call the nurse manager or nurse recruiter and let them know that you are interested. It seems like when you submit some of these online applications they fall through the cracks. Good luck with your job search!
  4. by   Brazjm
    Thanks! I am in contact with a recruiter and I asked about waiting till then end of the year to apply, but he said he thinks I have a good shot at a couple of the hospitals. I didn't realize how much stuff we actually do until I tried to put it on paper.

    I want to apply to baylor's crna program one day so I'm willing to relocate (I want to move for personal reasons too) and I want to get good year of experience down there too before I apply.

    Thanks again!