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now that I've got the cover letter straight, how about the resume?

My Name, R.N., MSN, EMT-P

email mailing adress

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I have 24 years of emergency patient care behind me which has enhanced my critical thinking skills. I am familiar with most any emergency scenario that a patient could present. I perform well under pressure and I know how to make decisions while working in stressful scenarios.

Education

school name

Master of Science, Nursing; 2014

School name

Bachelor of Science, Sociology; 1995

school name

Paramedic Certification; 1990

Professional Firefighter Certification; 1990

school name

Ohio Peace Officer Certification; 1998

NURSING STUDENT CLINICAL EXPERIENCE, 2013-2014

Hosp Name, city state, Preceptorship; Emergency Department

Hosp name city state, Critical Care

Hosp name city state, Medical-Surgical

Hosp name city state, Medical-Surgical and Mental Health

Hosp name city state Pediatrics

Hosp name city state, Obstetrics

Experience

Employer city state date - present

Paramedic, Firefighter

- ACLS certified and instructor

- CPR certified and instructor

- BTLS certified and instructor

- PALS certified and instructor

Employer city state date - present

Police Officer

- Criminal investigator; Crime prevention

Employer city state date

Paramedic, Firefighter

- PALS certified and instructor

Employer city state date

Police officer

Employer city state date

Paramedic

- ACLS certified and instructor

- CPR certified and instructor

- BTLS certified and instructor

Employer city state date

Neonatal ICU Nurse's Aide

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RunBabyRN has 2 years experience and specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

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Take out the paragraph at the top. All of that is meant for your cover letter.

Include the hours of each rotation from your clinicals.

Describe your job duties more. You are assuming a lot here, that your potential employers just know everything that you do within these jobs. Never assume. You don't have to list every single thing, but include things that relate to nursing. Police officers have very similar jobs to ER nurses (my brother, an officer, and I love to make these correlations!). You need to be able to de-escalate situations, identify what drugs someone is on, ensure situational safety, stay calm in high-stress scenarios... As an instructor, there's a lot of teaching, adapting your style to meet the needs of your students, staying current with the standards, etc.

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I would agree with the above poster about taking out the first paragraph and about highlighting your previous non-nursing experience. You held jobs that have a lot of similar qualities to nursing. Highlight them! Maybe write a sentence or two and then bullet some key things about each job that are important in nursing.

You are selling your past career short by only listing that you are ACLS certified under your paramedic position. Honestly that is a given and should not be listed here in my opinion. Use this space to highlight the awesome qualities you possess.

Under your work experience section you could have a section titled licenses and certifications. List your RN, EMT-P, ACLS, and PALS with dates there.

Lastly, I think you should list your nursing clinical rotations in the education section. Like you should list your school as you did but then have bullets below with your rotations. This information needs to be in a completely different section from work experience especially if you plan to upload your resume when applying online. The way you have it listed it could inadvertently make clinical experience look like actual nursing experience because of the way it is uploaded/input into the HR software. Not sure if I am explaining that well, sorry if not.

Good luck!

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Paramedic

ACLS, CPR, BTLS and PALS certified and instructor; proficient at IV therapy including external jugular access; epic surgical cricoids; chest decompression; child birth; portable vents; self motivated; able to provide advanced assessment and care to patients under stressful conditions; knowledgeable of cardiac arrhythmia-related symptoms and treatment of traumatic injuries; accurately documenting physical findings and treatment rendered on a patient care record; positive communication skills and ability to negotiate with patients.

Police Officer

De-escalate situations; identify individuals under the influence of narcotics/alcohol; ensure situational safety; stay calm in high stress scenarios; positive communication skills and ability to negotiate with individuals; criminal investigator

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RunBabyRN has 2 years experience and specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

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Paramedic

ACLS, CPR, BTLS and PALS certified and instructor; proficient at IV therapy including external jugular access; epic surgical cricoids; chest decompression; child birth; portable vents; self motivated; able to provide advanced assessment and care to patients under stressful conditions; knowledgeable of cardiac arrhythmia-related symptoms and treatment of traumatic injuries; accurately documenting physical findings and treatment rendered on a patient care record; positive communication skills and ability to negotiate with patients.

Police Officer

De-escalate situations; identify individuals under the influence of narcotics/alcohol; ensure situational safety; stay calm in high stress scenarios; positive communication skills and ability to negotiate with individuals; criminal investigator

Keep the subjective stuff (bolded) in your cover letter. The resume should be more objective.

The underlined stuff, you can reword that for the resume- assess cardiac sxs..., communication and negotiation.

Otherwise, I think it's better. Do you have any training about sxs of drug influence or anything like that? I know my brother does, and that's very helpful in the ED, or even on other floors, where a pt may sneak in drugs (or leave to use and then come back).

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Paramedic

ACLS, CPR, BTLS and PALS certified and instructor; proficient at IV therapy including external jugular access; epic surgical cricoids; chest decompression; child birth; portable vents; self motivated; able to provide advanced assessment and care to patients under stressful conditions; knowledgeable of cardiac arrhythmia-related symptoms and treatment of traumatic injuries; accurately documenting physical findings and treatment rendered on a patient care record; positive communication skills and ability to negotiate with patients.

Police Officer

De-escalate situations; identify individuals under the influence of narcotics/alcohol; ensure situational safety; stay calm in high stress scenarios; positive communication skills and ability to negotiate with individuals; criminal investigator

I like it, even with the subjective information. Maybe just set up differently. I quickly set up an example which I am sure you could improve.

Paramedic

Provided care to patients across the continuum, with the ability to quickly and safely stabilize patients suffering from life-threatening injuries and illnesses through thorough assessment and knowledge of treatment protocols.

-ACLS, CPR, BTLS and PALS certified and instructor

-Superior IV insertion skills

-Proficiency in cardiac rhythm interpretation

-Knowledge in managing portable ventilators and difficult airways

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psu_213 has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency, Telemetry, Transplant.

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I agree with pretty much all the suggestions given. The only comment I have--and this is more personal opinion than gospel--I would't list your nursing school clinical experiences. As a graduate from a nursing program, it is assumed that you had a med-surg rotation, OB rotation, etc. This has been discussed before on AN and there were mixed opinions, but, in my view, don't "waste" valuable resume space mentioning all the clinical rotations the employer knows you had. In your cover letter I would mention you preceptorship in the ED (or this you could integrate into your resume), and, if OK with them, use your preceptor as one of your references.

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RunBabyRN has 2 years experience and specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

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I agree with pretty much all the suggestions given. The only comment I have--and this is more personal opinion than gospel--I would't list your nursing school clinical experiences. As a graduate from a nursing program, it is assumed that you had a med-surg rotation, OB rotation, etc. This has been discussed before on AN and there were mixed opinions, but, in my view, don't "waste" valuable resume space mentioning all the clinical rotations the employer knows you had. In your cover letter I would mention you preceptorship in the ED (or this you could integrate into your resume), and, if OK with them, use your preceptor as one of your references.

The reason I suggest including this is because the locations of these rotations will vary widely. For example, where I live, there is no pediatric unit, so many people ended up with school nurses, home health, and even preschools for our pediatric rotation. I did most of mine in an ED. For psych, there is only one inpatient psych unit, and not everyone got to spend time there, so listing where we did them is important. Our program didn't have a LTC/SNF rotation. My point is, never assume, because programs DO vary.

Also, I think I failed to mention before, tease out what you did in the ED during preceptorship. Anything particularly exciting? Did you get a lot of opportunities? How many patients did you take on? What were you allowed to do?

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thank you for the help several calls this week for interviews!

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