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Healthcare Resume Workshop
Transcript of Healthcare Resume Workshop
Choose a Resume Template
Work from Microsoft Word's templates: File --> New --> Resumes
Download a template online
Use the table feature of Microsoft Office if you're building your own.
Choose a template/font that reflects professionalism and is appropriate for your career.
Use bold, italics, and underlines consistently and sparingly.
Include school name, location, and years attended
Can project grad date or end the range with "Current" or "Present"
Include GPA if above 3.5
Include honors, awards, scholarships
Include relevant coursework
Not necessary to include high school education
Not necessary to include previous incomplete education on resume; application may require this information
Can include licensure here or in separate area
Include name of facility, location, length of stay/rotation
Competencies: assessment skills, practice; ages, backgrounds, level of care, number of patients, types of units, short term, long term, acute, nurse-to-patient ratio, trauma work
Reverse chronological order (current first)
No more than four or five components to each job: type of facility, caseload, specialization
Expound more on jobs more relevant to the job you are applying for; only 2-3 points for jobs that aren't too relevant
Graduating students think of clinicals and internships
Action word + detail + impact
Other experience: Universal skills
Demonstrated expertise in providing professional nursing services in the treatment and care of patients in reference to physician’s orders.
Documented success in coordinating total nursing care for patients
Complied with processes and procedures to maintain safe, clean, controlled and compliant work environment.
Analyzed patient condition to ensure progress and adherence to health care standards and regulations.
Reacted quickly to changes in condition or response to treatment. Collaborated with doctors to recommend modifications.
Ensured patients and families are physically and emotionally comfortable during prolonged hospitalization.
Identified variances in the plan of care and success of nursing interventions.
Documented care and identified home-care needs.
Assisted in admission, transfer and discharge patients.
Recorded and notified changes in the patient’s condition.
Assisted in providing ease and safety for the patients.
Provided oral and personal cleanliness and general cleaning of the hospital room.
Applied heat and cold compressions.
Provided catheter care and change dressings.
Educated the patient and families on treatment and therapy measures.
Maintained confidentiality of patient information.
Checked vital signs, height and weights.
Skills & Qualifications
Broad overview of skills and experience with
Include employment from more than 10 years ago that is directly relevant to your field.
Include computer literacy: Healthcare-specific software
University of Michigan Nursing Resume Guide:
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Career Center Resources:
University of Minnesota School of Nursing Resources:
Arizona Nurses Association:
Organization name, city, & state
Dates worked / total hours
Volunteer Work / Leadership Experience
To Whom It May Concern:
Dear Hiring Committee,
I am writing to apply for the ___ position at ___ Hospital. I recently saw the position posted online at ___, and I am a strong candidate because of _____.
I am a recent graduate of Daytona State College and am seeking employment as a full-time RN. Briefly describe experience/interests and why this job is appealing. I want to work at a facility that .... , and I believe my experience as part of your staff will be invaluable.
Thank you for your time; I look forward to discussing how I will fit in as part of your staff. I can be reached at (cell) or (email).
Generic base letter
Cater to the job
Research the facility
Mission & Values
Volunteer Work & Additional Information
Participate in campus clubs & student groups
Volunteer in the community & at school
Join professional organizations
Job Search Websites
Florida Memorial Hospital:
Bert Fish Hospital:
Provided congenial atmosphere for customers through attention to detail and quality service
Selected by management to train all new servers
Practiced good communication skills and attend to difficult situations with poise
Good? Bad? Ugly?
Objective statements are generally omitted in favor of professional profiles or summaries.
Should be different for each job application to emphasize how you meet that job's requirements.
Focus on hard skills (experience and education), not soft skills (personality and ethics).
No more than 4-5 lines long.
Bulleted lists are easier to scan. Keep brief and emphasize key words that are in job description.
Paragraphs/sentences can lend a more personal feel and allow more description.
Sense of humor
Don't go overboard--keep it simple.
words that describe nouns
Avoid empty adjectives like "great" or "good."
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