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New Grad Nursing

How to optimize your resume as a new nurse

Terra Carnie

on 23 December 2013

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New Grad Nursing
by: Terra Carnie, Juliann O'Gorman, Caitlin Ellis, and Joerine Jose
How to optimize your resume to get your dream job!
Managers/New Grad Interviews
LPN vs. RN Scope
What is a Resume?:
CLPNA Competencies/Learning Outcomes :
Manager Interviews:
Getting Job Ready
Thank you for your time!
Career information hotline
Resumé and job search resources are available
E-Resumé Review Service can help you with your resumé
Phone Monday to Friday 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Walk in career advising
Workshops & Resume Building
Job Fairs
A resume is a brief account of one's professional or work experience and qualifications, often submitted with an employment application.
Certificates and in-services attended
Volunteer work
Past employment
Borders Beyond:
- Healthcare employment solutions
For detailed licensing information on each Canadian province and their regulatory (licensing) bodies, please visit the link below:
Your Canadian Nursing Adventure
Starts Here!
Travel Nursing:
Functioning as an Effective Team Member:
-Demonstrate knowledge and ability to use communication
and interpersonal relationship skills.
-Demonstrate ability to provide / receive constructive
feedback and recognition to / from fellow team members.
Understand the role of the LPN within the
health care system:
-Relationship to other health professionals
-Responsibility and accountability
-Scope of practice.

-Demonstrate knowledge of the scope of practice as outlined in the LPN Regulation
2003 and the Competency Profile for LPNs.

-Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics and attributes of an effective leader such as:
 Ability to research answers
 Ability to take action
 Exemplary communication skills
 High degree of competence
 High integrity
 Ethical practice
 Honesty and respect for others
 Team player
 Positive attitude.

What is a manager looking for in a grad nurse
during an interview?
-Professional dress code
-Eye contact, smile
-Know and research on the unit you plan to apply to
-Can do attitude (always wanting to learn)
-Team work and safety!
-Specific clinical skills
Pet Peeves as a Unit Manager
-Playing the system
-Not having personal accountability
-Don’t be lazy
-Not reading work emails
-Coming in groups to apply for a job
Relaying information to Unit manager/staff
-Open line of communication
-Honesty (if you feel overwhelmed, burnt out)
-Be a good buddy
Tips for future employees
-Life learning (in-services, education days, drug research)
-Work/Life balance
Possible questions from Unit manager at interview
1. What will your reference say about you?
2. What are some gaps in your learning and how do you want to proceed with them?
3. What do you think your strengths are?
4. Why do you want to work on this unit?
5. How committed are you to this future job and this unit?
6. What is the nursing process, and what does it mean to you?
-Colored paper
-Be organized!

-An applicant tracking system is a software application designed to handle the recruitment process.
Electronic Resume:
ATS (Applicant Tracking System)
-All applications to AHS have to be made using the online applicant tracking system
Alberta Health Services:
-This allows employer's to enter desired criteria for a job and then query the database to find candidates to meet that criteria.
Candidate-matching/ranking feature
Resume Suggestions/Recommendations for ATS:

-Resume Formatting: KEEP IT SIMPLE!!! Simply stack the info as follows:
Employer Name
Job Title
Start Date-End Date
Details/Job Duties/Description
-Contact Information:
Phone number and address
-Keywords and Phrases:
Use Keywords, Phrases, and Jargon from the job posting.
Try to incorporate both acronyms and full names when possible. For ex. use “Intensive Care Unit – ICU”

-Grammar and Spelling:
Grammar is important!

-Be Detailed:
Use the official names of your employers and schools.

-Use Common Categories:
Use “Work Experience” or “Work History”

-Resume Length:
Don’t worry about the length of your resume.

Alberta Health Services. (n.d.). Careers: Hiring Process. Retrieved on August 12, 2013 from http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/careers/page227.asp

BluePipes Blog. (2013). Professional Networking and Career Management Tools for Healthcare Professionals. Retrieved on August 12, 2013 from http://blog.bluepipes.com/is-your-resume-optimized-for-the-ats/

Borders Beyond. (n.d.). Healthcare Employment Solutions. Retrieved on August 12, 2013 from http://bordersbeyond.ca/Employee/licensing_lpn.html

Bow Valley College. (2013). About Career Services. Retrieved on August 12, 2013 from http://bowvalleycollege.ca/campus-services/learner-success-services/career-services/about-us.html

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. (2013). Competency Profile for LPN’s. Retrieved on August 12, 2013 from http://www.clpna.com/members/continuing-competency-program/competency-profile-for-lpns/
Darfke, M. W. (2002). Working in Healthcare. What you Need to Know to Succeed. Second edition. F.A. Davis Company. Philadelphia.

Travel Nurse. (n.d.). Your Canadian Nursing Adventure Starts Here. Retrieved on August 12, 2013 from http://www.travelnurse.ca/
Derek Bley
Unit Manager @ RGH
Unit 82 Urology
Jan Hendricks
Unit Manager @ RGH
Unit 83 Colo-rectal/General Surgery
Grad Nurse Interviews:
A Resume Should Include:
Scope of Practice LPN's vs. RN's
Challenges faced
by the group...
-Lack of job experience
-Changes in trends
Mock Interviews
Professional Dress
Hidden Jobs
Career Services 403-410-3215
-apply now!!!
Toll-free (within Canada) 1-800-661-3753
* Inside Learner Success Services, 1st Floor, South Campus *
Interviewees were new grads: Araya, Jen, Katie, Mary, and Jackie
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