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Summary
  • Awarded Northside Hospital, Nurse of the Year.
  • Awarded Atlanta Medical Center, Preceptor of the Year.
  • Dedicated, compassionate, knowledgeable Registered Nurse with over 13 years of experience, 10 of those years in the critical care setting.
  • Meticulously detail-oriented, observant and proactive.
  • Performs well in high pressure, fast paced environment.
  • Skilled in working with doctors for efficient patient management and a team player who is able to relate well with coworkers
  • Special practice in the cardiac cath/EP labs and post op recovery of cath/EP patients. Experience in TAVR surgeries.
  • Experience in Preop / PACU areas specializing in ENT, eye, orthopedic, and GYN surgeries.
Education
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
BSc. Nursing
Graduated - May 2004
Employment History
Surgecenter of Louisville, LouisvilleKentucky
Preop Nurse / PACU Nurse  January 2017- Present

I am currently working in an outpatient surgery center in both the Preop and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) departments. We have four operating rooms and specialize in eye, ENT, orthopedic, and gynecological surgeries. I work closely with the center's physicians and anesthesiologists. I care for infants, children and adults.

Atlanta Medical Center, AtlantaGeorgia
Registered Nurse / Staff Nurse  October 2014 - September 2017

I worked in a fast paced 5 room cath lab. We performed up to 30 cases daily which varied from diagnostic caths to ablations, to peripheral cases, to Anari procedures. I was also a part of Atlanta Medical Center’s STEMI team. Atlanta Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in Georgia to receive accreditation as a heart attack receiving center. I worked closely with both physicians and my coworkers to care for my patients to the best of my ability. I was also on the Quality council and worked closely with Unit Based Shared Governance

The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, GainesvilleState
Registered Nurse / Staff Nurse  May 2009 - October 2014

I was a part of a very small close knit 1 room outpatient cath lab that I was lucky enough to help open from the ground up. I along with a team of three others were responsible for all preop assessments of patients, procedures, both circulating and monitoring hemodynamics, and post op recovery. I became proficient in patient education and assessment. I was also responsible for all day to day responsibilities such as ordering stock, pre/post phone calls and on occasion I worked in PT/ INR clinic, Chest pain center when needed.

Professional Licenses & Certifications
  • Registered Nurse (ADN), Georgia Board of Nursing - 2001-present
  • BLS - issued 2/17, expires 2/19
  • ACLS - issued 3/16, expires 3/18
  • PALS - issued 11/16, expires 11/18
Professional Skills
Epic computer system:Advanced
Mac Lab computer system:Advanced
McKesson computer system:Advanced
Arrhythmia assessment and interpretation:Advanced
12 lead EKG interpretation:Advanced
IV insertions:Advanced
Hemodynamic monitoring:Advanced
Post anesthesia care:Advanced
Languages
English:Native
Spanish:Beginner
Knowing the difference between a corporate résumé and a nursing résumé is crucial if you want to get hired for a nursing job.
Healthcare organizations are on the look-out for specific qualifications combined with practical experience. The ideal nursing résumé gives the reader concise yet detailed insight into your academic and professional skills, while ensuring that major keywords relevant to the types of nursing jobs you’re applying for are incorporated.
Our free nursing template résumé PDF and nursing résumé writing guide explain what healthcare organizations are looking for, and provide guidance on how to make your résumé shine.
Keep reading to learn more about how to write a great nursing résumé!

How to Write a Résumé to Apply for a Nurse Job

How to Write A Nurse Résumé

Just like in the corporate world, healthcare organizations are increasingly turning to applicant tracking system (ATS) technology to streamline the recruitment process. An ATS helps recruiters to more quickly and efficiently identify the most suitable applicants, without having to manually review every single résumé. An ATS is designed to parse – or scan – your résumé against specific keywords in the job description, and rate your application according to how closely it matches these keywords and any other objective criteria (e.g. length of experience). The ‘human’ recruiter then reviews résumés flagged as a potential fit. If a high number of applications is received, recruiters may only review the highest-ranking résumés. This makes it vital to check keywords in specific job descriptions carefully, and ensure that these are reflected in your nurse résumé if relevant. In an ATS-driven world, the onus is on the candidate to optimize their application. If you’re a perfect match but haven’t properly optimized your résumé, the recruiter may never know.
For a nurse résumé, emphasis should be placed on education and qualifications, skills, areas of specialization, and experience. To ATS-optimize your résumé, focus on including hard (objective) skills rather than soft (subjective) skills. If you’re a nurse, it’s a given that you’re detail-oriented and a team player - no need to take up space by telling the reader this.
While standard résumés are 1-2 pages in length, a nurse résumé can be slightly longer, depending on how far along you are in your career and your particular expertise and achievements. The most common nurse résumé sections are:

Name and contact information

Summary

Professional Skills

Education

Professional Experience

Licences and Certifications

Volunteer Experience

Professional Memberships

Languages

How to Write A Nurse Résumé Summary

A short, snappy professional summary tells the reader who you are and persuades them to see you as a great fit for the job. It’s also an excellent way to incorporate the main keywords for that specific nursing position to boost ATS friendliness. Here’s an example:
I am a Nursing Consultant with over two decades of expertise in the field of perioperative nursing. I am highly familiar with providing clinical leadership in surgical services and nursing processes, caring for patients with multiple and complex problems, acting as a clinical resource and hospital-wide consultant to staff, teaching, and evaluating work performance. I excel at driving strategic and operational planning, and have achieved significant success in supporting ambitious training & development initiatives that have positively impacted perioperative nursing services.

Work Experience for Nurse Résumés

In the work experience section, list each role you’ve held, in chronological order starting with the most recent. Bullet point specific tasks and responsibilities. Aim to keep each point to 1-2 lines maximum. If you’re fairly established in your career, there’s no need to include descriptions for earlier, more junior roles [if earlier experience is very specific/noteworthy, it’s fine to add a brief bullet point or two to describe this].
Recruiters don’t just want to know what you can do, they want to know what you have achieved. Be sure to include significant achievements and quantify these as much as possible (e.g. “How much?” or “How many?”).
Use action verbs to describe tasks and achievements (e.g. manage, lead, drive, provide, steer, handle, supervise, plan, oversee). Ensure each point focuses on hard skills and quantifiable achievements, and gives the reader a clear idea of what you did. For example, ‘Supervise all preop assessments of patients, procedures, both circulating and monitoring hemodynamics, and post op recovery’ is much clearer than ‘Supervise all pre-op and pro-op procedures’.
When you’ve added your responsibilities and achievements, double-check that current bullet points are written in present simple tense (‘manage’) and previous roles are in past simple tense (‘managed’).

What Extracurriculars and Education Matter For Nurse Résumés?

Have you participated in any volunteer work, particularly anything related to healthcare? Highlighting your volunteer experience is a great way to demonstrate your interest in people and the community outside of work. List any volunteer roles in much the same way as professional experience - organization, role title, dates, and a short description of your work and any significant achievements.
If you have attended specialist conferences, these can also be listed under a separate heading called ‘Conferences Attended’. If you’ve written any professional articles or delivered professional presentations, you can list these under section headings such as ‘Publications’ and ‘Presentations Delivered’ with date, title, and publication/venue.

Start Writing Your Nurse Résumé Today

Now you’re ready to put it all together and create your own résumé! The sample résumé can be used as a template for structuring your own skills, education, and experience into a cohesive narrative.

Résumé Checklist

  1. Have you included your name, contact information, and a short summary (with key skills)?
  2. Have you listed your relevant professional experience, in chronological order? Are current responsibilities in present simple tense, and previous jobs in past simple tense?
  3. Have you included (if relevant) separate sections for volunteer experience, conferences attended, professional memberships, publications, presentations, or languages?
  4. Last but very much not least: have you keyword optimized your résumé for the job you’re applying for?

Résumé Skills and Qualifications For Nurses

Unlike some other fields, nursing applicants are assessed against their academic background and professional qualifications as well as their practical skills and achievements. Don’t forget to include all relevant certifications and qualifications, including year and provider.
Under the summary section, or in a separate skills section, you can also list up to 12 hard skill keywords that reflect your background, skills, and experience.
  • Cardiac Care
  • Wound Irrigation
  • Telemetry Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Chemotherapy Administration
  • Patient Evaluation
  • Urine Testing
  • Neonatal Care