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Does anyone know which organizations nursing students can join that include free membership or low dues..$10. I wanted to join something realistic for a student in order to build my up resume and hopefully become involved within the limited free time I have left after both school and work. I am a second year student in an ADN program. As graduation is coming up in May, I am starting to worry that my resume will not be so impressive to employers. Aside from the nursing program, my related experience includes 3 years as a Home health aide. How am I going to fill up a stand-out page with that one related job and my ADN grad line?? If anyone has any info on the professional organizations or other resume building suggestions I would very much appreciate it!

And have a beautiful day!!

MedSurgeMess

Specializes in Med/Surg, ICU, educator.

I don't know of any orgs that would fulfill your needs. Anybody?

Are there any you had joined as a student? How did you make your resume stand out?

PurpleLVN

Specializes in AA&I, research,peds, radiation oncology.

Does anyone know which organizations nursing students can join that include free membership or low dues..$10. I wanted to join something realistic for a student in order to build my up resume and hopefully become involved within the limited free time I have left after both school and work. I am a second year student in an ADN program. As graduation is coming up in May, I am starting to worry that my resume will not be so impressive to employers. Aside from the nursing program, my related experience includes 3 years as a Home health aide. How am I going to fill up a stand-out page with that one related job and my ADN grad line?? If anyone has any info on the professional organizations or other resume building suggestions I would very much appreciate it!

And have a beautiful day!!

I don't know of any organizations but I have a question. You're in an ADN program which means you're an LVN/LPN, am I correct? Did you not work in that capacity?! Honestly, work history can help even more than an organization!!! Just my:twocents:

~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics.

I don't know of any organizations but I have a question. You're in an ADN program which means you're an LVN/LPN, am I correct? Did you not work in that capacity?! Honestly, work history can help even more than an organization!!! Just my:twocents:

I am in an ADN program and will be sitting for my RN I am not LVN/LPN

Students can join the National Student Nurses Association. At my school it was mandatory. But I can assure you, no employer is interested in this information. They are concerned with your work experience.

Associates Degree of Nursing, fast paced 2 yr program at a community college. I am not an LPN but do have a lot of patient care experience as a home health aide.

Is working as a home health aide for 3 or more years enough? Should I apply for casual shifts at local hospitals?

Orca, ASN, RN

Specializes in Corrections, psychiatry, rehab, LTC.

Honestly, I wouldn't worry about taking the time and expense to join an organization. You will be a be a new graduate with no experience as an RN, and a membership isn't going to change that. I carried professional certification for five years but I didn't bother to renew it because no employer cared.

HonestRN

Specializes in cardiac, ortho, med surg, oncology.

I had no real job history to list on my resume since prior to becoming a nurse I was a stay at home mom. To help build my future prospects after graduation I became involved in the student nursing association at my school where I served as VP. I also became a member of the state student nurse association. I represented my school at the state convention. I also volunteered at my children's schools and tutored other students. I put all that on my resume along with a 4.0 GPA and it DID make a difference in getting a job.

BTW the fees for the school student nursing assoc were reasonable, about $10.00. State student membership fees were reduced due to being a member of the school association.

gentle

Specializes in Med-Surg, Tele, DOU.

Does anyone know which organizations nursing students can join that include free membership or low dues..$10. I wanted to join something realistic for a student in order to build my up resume and hopefully become involved within the limited free time I have left after both school and work. I am a second year student in an ADN program. As graduation is coming up in May, I am starting to worry that my resume will not be so impressive to employers. Aside from the nursing program, my related experience includes 3 years as a Home health aide. How am I going to fill up a stand-out page with that one related job and my ADN grad line?? If anyone has any info on the professional organizations or other resume building suggestions I would very much appreciate it!

And have a beautiful day!!

The best decision in this situation would be to join a SNA if it is available. You will need to highlight your responsibilites while attending school and being involved in the SNA. This is what I did. However, this was a long time ago. And I had many activities that I was involved in while going through nursing school. I was the typical young college student straight out of high school though. My colleagues listed their activities in the SNA along with their responsibilities as CNAs while attending Nursing School.

I would also like to encourage you to highlight your activities as a HHA: any extra responsibilities that you were given (focus on leadership abilities).

You should also highlight your ability to meet customer's needs and the wants that were reasonable or would help to facilitate their healing or ease discomfort. (Think Press Ganey scores.) The focus is to keep the customer happy and safe. Sometimes these conflict.

Be able to articulate when you have had to make the hard choice of keeping someone safe and denying their happiness. Then be able to articulate what you did to try to cushion the patient's disappointment. The name for this is service recovery. (Got it?)

You need to understand exactly who the players are on the financial end of the hospitals--this is CMS. This is the biggest player right now. Everyone is watching to see who is going to make the new rules of reimbursement. CMS is that entity. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong.)

National Patient Safety Goals: What are you currently doing to ensure the financial success of your company? Highlight how your actions impact wounds, safety - preventing falls/injury.

You play a large part of this as an HHA. Tell them you are the first line of defense for warning the nurses when something "doesn't look just right" like a "Stage I or Stage II" pressure wound. Also highlight your ability to see safety issues in the homes and notifying Physical Therapy and the nurse.

I hope this helps.

PurpleLVN

Specializes in AA&I, research,peds, radiation oncology.

Sorry to Kendy174 and Mi Vida Loca and to any others-I forget that these programs are open to non-nurses. No disrespect intended!!:nono:

MAISY, RN-ER, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER/EHR Trainer.

Don't be so worried....I am sure your school has a career services area. Go there with your information and sit down with someone to write your resume. Many new graduates of any program have not had anything other than classwork or related internships to place on their resume. This is probably the only time in which your coursework, honors, awards and professional organizations really count. Additionally, employers expect that as a first job the resume will be somewhat bare. You are fortunate with your CNA experience....it gives you a leg up in that you have hands on experience, have worked in a facility and within a hierarchy and are somewhat familiar with the day in/day out activity of healthcare personnel.

There are also many examples of school to job resumes on the internet....you'll be fine.

Maisy

nursemike, ASN, RN

Specializes in Rodeo Nursing (Neuro).

When I was in school, my Nurse Manager told me that in all her years as a nurse, not one employer asked about her GPA. The main thing they want to know is that you have a valid nursing license--or that you're eligible to sit for one.

The market may be tighter than it was when I graduated, a few years ago, but there is still demand for nurses. I've noticed that instead of tossing unread 2-3 recruiting letters a month, I've been getting one every 2-3 months, some of which I read before tossing.

HHA experience is good, and if you have a good, non-health care employment record to boot, all the better. Think about if from an employer's perspective: if you worked at McDonald's in high school, you learned about things like showing up on time, focusing on your job while you were there, being courteous to customers. Any reasonably competent nurse with a good work ethic is going to be an asset to a unit. A brilliant, lazy, belligerent nurse is going to be a waste of space.

Don't sell yourself short.

MAISY, RN-ER, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER/EHR Trainer.

Nursing and Healthcare HR is very different from the world I came from; however just because people will advise that the resume or cover letter are no big deal. I would advise you that isn't so.

Make sure you use good paper and matching envelope-not white.

Make sure you have references available during interview with ready addresses and phone numbers. Let those references know you plan to use them. This is especially true if you use that Ref available upon request. *Don't look like a dummy and not have them ready!

Use font that is large enough to read and regular-no fancy font!

SPELLCHECK!

Use a variety of words and have someone else proof read it.

I have seen 100's of good resumes and 1000's of bad ones. Nursing resumes that I have perused are usually horrible with little attention to detail, form or even showcasing the person.

Good luck...these were some added tidbits that might help.

~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics.

Sorry to Kendy174 and Mi Vida Loca and to any others-I forget that these programs are open to non-nurses. No disrespect intended!!:nono:

No worries, I didn't think you were being disrespectful at all, I just thought maybe I missed something lol

JB2007, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med-SURG,STICU.

I would have to agree with Maisy, RN-ER attention to detail is important. Right before graduating nursing school I went to the career development department at my school and had the advisors help me to put together a professional resume. I use paper that is of high quality and I am sure to pass my resume out when I interview for a position.

One time I had a nurse manager comment on how nice my resume looked and she called one of her colleagues in to look at it. I got hired on the spot for that position, so I know for a fact that a good resume will help a lot.

Also your work as a HHA will be a positive thing on your resume. That shows that you know how to do basic nursing care. Be sure to mention on your resume the skills that you have mastered vital signs, skin care, turning and positioning the patient, cath. care, team work, ect...

Good luck.

i agree with work experience is the key...

Associate Degree in Nursing is a R.N program

CASTLEGATES

Specializes in Addictions, Acute Psychiatry.

On my resume I listed jobs I had before I was a home health aide. I listed home health and sitter and doc's office and even a tanning place before that. If you've got a decent GPA, add that and add some personal experience with cases. Include letters of recommendation with your resume. Tell them in your cover you've got vast (or whatever the amount) experience with patient care and you'd need a short orientation (you've got to tell THEM what you can do for them, not me me me, but what I can do for you, you, you)!

Tell them you have a keen interest in x and excel when under stress or whatever makes you good at what you did.

You've got more years than many other students, play it up! Get a reference letter from you old job and add that. Your resume can be submitted with recommendation letters and even a work reference so their work will be less (HR has a workload, too) so all they need to do is contact the reference, ask if they wrote it and yer dun!

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