Whether you are seeking a post-graduation nursing position or are looking for a job you can do while attending nursing school, it's critical to have a quality resume. As a nursing student, your resume should highlight your program of study, clinical experience and previous employment history.
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Open your resume with an objective that specifies the reason you are submitting a resume. It should clearly state the type of job for which you wish to be considered.
Program of Study
Include details about your nursing program, including where you are going to school, the title of the program in which you are enrolled, the level of degree or other credential you are earning and when you expect to graduate. If your grade point average is strong, also include it.
Include details about the clinical experience you have gained as part of your nursing education. Include details such as the term you completed practical training, the name of the hospital or clinic, and the specific ward where you worked.
If you do not have a significant amount of healthcare-related work experience, you may also want to include titles of the nursing-related courses you have completed as part of your program of study.
Certifications and Awards
List any honors or scholarships received on your resume, along with the details of why they were awarded. Also mention any relevant certifications or other credentials you have, such as a CPR or phlebotomy certification. This information can help position you as a more attractive candidate for some positions.
As with any resume, it is a good idea to include a previous work experience section. This is true even if your previous experience was not in the healthcare profession.
Since you are a student, employers will realize that you are in the process of starting a new career, and so they won't be surprised if your previous jobs are in other fields. If you do have previous field-related work experience, draw attention to this fact by mentioning it in the cover letter that accompanies the resume.
Review Your Resume Carefully
Once you have a draft of your resume, be sure to proof it carefully. Make sure that it is error-free and accurately reflects your background and skills. If possible, ask a few other people to review it - ideally individuals who are knowledgeable about seeking employment as a nurse or in positions that are appropriate for nursing students.