Please Help!


Hi fellow nurses,

I graduated in Nov 2011 and still have not been hired, just started volunteering right out of school and am now in Haiti volunteering to gain experience and do what I love, nursing! I'd really appreciate any input.


To obtain a Registered Nurse position where I will be able to use my critical thinking, assessment andorganizational skills to provide safe and effective patient care.


Registered Nurse Volunteer, 10/12-Present

Hospital Bernard Mevs, Project Medishare, Port Au Prince, Haiti

Medical Surgical Unit, Triage, Pediatrics, Emergency

-Collaborated with a team of Haitian staff and International Medical Volunteers to deliverquality health care to the Haitian population at Haiti's only critical care hospital

Data Asset Manager, Communications, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, 01/2013-Present

-Optimize workflow in the Communications Department using my organizational skills andknowledge of computer data systems

Registered Nurse, January 2013

Ti Kay Haiti, TB Clinic, General Hospital, Port Au Prince, Haiti

-Collaborated with and supported Dr. Megan Coffee to provide quality health care toTuberculosis and HIV patients

Registered Nurse Volunteer, 10/12- 12/2013

J/P Haitian Relief Organization, Port Au Prince, Haiti

Triage, Wound Care, Vaccine Assessment/Administration, Community Outreach, Education-Nurse Educator at Chronic Disease Clinic- Hypertension, Diabetes

-Youth Educator at Community Center- HIV, Diabetes

Volunteer, Medical-Surgical Unit, San Francisco General Hospital, 03/2012- 08/2012

Volunteer, Emergency Room, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, 11/2011-03/2012


Bachelor of Science in Nursing, November 2011

Samuel Merritt University, San Francisco, CA

Preceptorship: California Pacific Medical Center, Medical-Surgical Unit

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, Psychiatric

Walden House Treatment Program, Community Health

Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, Pediatrics

Saint Lukes Memorial Hospital, Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, NICU

California Pacific Medical Center, Neuro/Trauma ICU and Critical Care Units

San Francisco General Hospital, Medical-Surgical and Telemetry

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, June 2008

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA


Registered Nurse, State of Florida Expires 09/2014

Registered Nurse, State of California Expires 09/2014

Advanced Cardiac Life Support, American Heart Association Expires 04/2014

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, American Heart Association Expires 04/2014

This is just my perspective. I do not work in HR, but I received positive feedback on my newbie resume on a few occasions upon graduation. Also, I had a job offer soon after I graduated. List items in order of importance. The most important item on an entry-level resume is your education, which should go just below the objective. Your clinical rotations & practicum could follow (with the dates included) in a separately labeled section (e.g., "Clinical Rotations") for clarity. Licensure/Certifications seems like the next logical thing to list. Finally, you can have a section labeled "Volunteer Experience". Your cover letter can cover the breadth & depth of your volunteer experience. You may want to be more specific with your objective, & tailor it to the job for which you are applying. Good luck to you! What an awesome experience Haiti must be!