Resume help please!!!

Nurses Job Hunt


I graduated in May and have been sending out resumes without a single bite. I am feeling a little bummed and am wondering where I am going wrong. L&D, postpartum and NICU are where I would love to end up but I am applying to anything and everything. I've posted my resume and cover letter below. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. :)


August 19, 2012

Name of Hospital

Human Resources


City, State 00000

Dear Nurse Recruiter,

Please accept my application for the registered nurse position in name of unit at name of hospital. I graduated from name of College in May 2012 and received my RN license July 2012. I plan on going back to school in the spring to receive my bachelors of science in nursing and continuing on from there to become an ARNP. I am hard working, driven, and motivated to become a great RN.

During my last semester of nursing school I worked as a nurse intern in the postpartum unit of name of Hospital. I feel that I would be a benefit to name of hospital as antepartum and postpartum care are my passion. I also have strong customer service skills and always make a conscious effort to put the patient first.

I appreciate you taking the time to review my resume. I would love to become part of the name of hospital team. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your consideration.




City, State 00000






Summary of Qualification

Motivated new graduate RN with prior experience as a nurse intern on a postpartum unit. Performed 180 hours of preceptorship on surgical step down unit. Customer service oriented. BLS and ACLS certified.


Associate Degree, Nursing

Name of College, State

May 2012

License and Certification

Registered Nurse License

State of State

July 2012 - April 2014

BLS Certified

American Heart Association

May 2012 - May 2014

ACLS Certified

American Heart Association

May 2012 - May 2014

Work Experience

Nurse Intern/Postpartum Unit

Name Hospital, City, State

January 2012 - May 2012

Provided basic patient care services and supported nursing staff.

Taught patients basic newborn care and breastfeeding.

Provided skilled nursing care under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Used critical thinking and good time management to provide quality patient care.


Name of Restaurant, City, State

July 2008 - January 2010

Helped to guide ordering, ensured order correctness and anticipated dining needs of guests.

Confirmed dining receipts were correct, collected payments and balanced all transactions at end of shift.

Maintained knowledge of all new and current menu and bar items.

Provided assistance to all areas of the restaurant and other servers as needed.

Medical Records Manager

Name of Hospital, City, State

January 2007 - November 2007

Implemented conversion of paper medical records to a paperless electronic system.

Handled all medical records issues for customers and physicians using good customer service.

Supervised all employees on shift to ensure completion of duties.

Prepared weekly schedules and quarterly reviews for employees.

Trained all new employees.

Medical Administration Clerk

Name of Hospital, City, State

November 2005 - December 2006

Scheduled veterans for medical services not provided within the VA Medical System.

Utilized good customer service skills to provide the best possible service.

Approved or denied claims for emergent services provided at civilian hospitals.

Processed and maintained all administrative paperwork and medical records.

Specializes in Maternity.

Your resume might come off a little biased when applying to floor like med-surg. You have everywhere that your passion is in woman's health which may make another type of unit weary. They might be left wondering how long you would stay.

Bottom line (best advice I was given by an old instructor) "no one wants to feel like a second choice." You have to leave a job prospect thinking that YOU want to work for THEM.

Don't leave other units thinking that you will 'jump ship' if an opportunity in gyn/ob/neonatal opens up five months down the road.

Unless you are applying to a unit involved in woman's health, I would generalize your resume a little more.

Good luck.

Thanks so much. I will make it more generalized.

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