Sample Resume for a New Grad RN
Note that this candidate has not graduated yet. It’s important to start applying before you take the NCLEX. Waiting can delay your entry into a residency by up to six months.
There is no one right way to structure a resume. There are many good formats. People debate the do’s and dont’s. But all agree that a poorly constructed resume is likely to be put aside. Choose a layout/structure that best highlights your information and experiences.
This will teach you how to build your unique resume to stand out and catch the employer’s interest
Prepare your resume carefully and individualize it to each potential employer.
Resume templates are an option, but can be difficult to modify, with pre-formatted columns and text boxes. All resumes include at least the following categories:
- Contact Information
- Work Experience
From there, you can add categories: Objective Statement/Licensure/Volunteer Experience/Honors/Achievements (pick or create a headline/category that highlights your accomplishments).
Your resume should be consistent in choice of font sizes and weights, be easy to read, concise, and skills focused. Bullet points aid in readability. It’s what the employer will look at when deciding whether or not to see you. note: the formatting to the resume below is limited by Word Press and in Word would have a better appearance
A resume is more than a list of experiences. The purpose of a resume is to land an interview. Try to think like an employer as you construct it. See Perfect Your Resume by Forbes
Keywords are in blue to show how the candidate bridges her/his strengths to the organization’s needs by using keywords from the RN job description. Keywords that may be programmed into scanning software may include words such as interpersonal skills, bilingual, communication skills, adaptable, energetic.
Editorial notes are in red. They show that everything you choose to include on your resume should have a purpose.
A resume for a new grad RN should be one page long.
Home: (555) 123-9876 Cell: (555) 777-1212 email@example.com
Energetic and compassionate new grad nurse seeking nursing position at Happy Hospital
This is the first impression you provide Be clear, concise Avoid fillers and fluff One to two lines
Licensure and Certification
BLS for Healthcare Providers, American Heart Association (AHA) Renewal: May 2017
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), AHA Renewal: May 2017
Certified Nursing Assistant # 34522 Renewal: August 2018
Cal State University Tri: Los Angeles, CA Expected May, 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing GPA 3.95
include GPA if it’s high No high school references
Maternal Health St. Mary’s Medical Center Fall 2015
Med Surg Memorial Community Hospital Spring 2015
Intensive Care Torrance Medical Center Spring 2015
Proficient in EHR documentation in Epic, Cerner, and MediTech
Clinically competent in performing procedures, administering meds, and assessing patient needs model your language after that used in the job posting
Trained in culturally competent and age appropriate care
Experienced at developing plan of care to reflect identified needs and expected outcomes
Practiced in purposeful hourly patient rounding shows awareness of patient satisfaction initiatives
Some grads list basic skills such as “IV insertion”, but that’s a given. It’s expected that if you attended a nsg program you gave meds, followed isolation procedures, etc. Try to find something unique here if possible Did you serve as Charge during Leadership? Lead post conferences?
Nursing Assistant 2014-present
St. Mary’s Medical Center: Williamsburg
•Provides direct patient care to 12 patients patient care experience
•Voted Employee of the Year by coworkers September, 2015 team player
•Selected by Nurse Manager to orient new Nursing Assistants role model
Ben’s Bistro: Williamsburg 2010-2014
•Excelled at resolving customer complaints demonstrates communication skills
•Consistently received highest tips customer service work history is very helpful
•Awarded one year perfect attendance 2012 reliable
only provide relevant information that relates to the position you are applying for and only within the past 5-7 years.
L.A. County Pediatric Vaccination Mobile Program Summer 2015
•Traveled with mobile team to outlying areas
Big Brother Volunteer 2015-present
volunteer work is seen as positive, be sure and highlight everything you’ve done
Achieved perfect clinical attendance record
American Nurses’ Association, Active Member says professional
Dean’s List 2012, 2014, 2015 high achiever
Chair Student Nurses Association 2015 leader
Outstanding Scholar Award 2015 motivated
Recipient Nightingale Nursing Scholarship 2014
No need to add “References on request”. The employer will ask for them at a later date
I hope this helps you to compose your unique new grad RN resume. I hope you get an interview! Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time friend,
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