Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Resume Examples

Updated September 29, 2021

As the population in the U.S. ages, jobs in healthcare are increasing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the need for licensed vocational nurses (LVN) will increase by 9% over the next decade, with 63,800 new jobs available by 2030. There’s never been a better time to look into a career in healthcare, and becoming an LVN is a good way to enter the field quickly, without having to first undergo several years of training.

Once you have passed the NCLEX-PN, the best way to start your job search is by creating a strong resume that will get past automated applicant tracking systems (ATS) and into the hands of hiring managers. On this page, you can download resume examples to help you create your own, whether you’re new to the field or have extensive experience. We’ve also included suggestions for improving your resume and crafting it to fit job descriptions.

Downloadable Resume Examples

No Experience
Licensed-Vocational-Nurse-LVN_No-Exp.pdf

Example #1 No Experience

2-3 years
Licensed-Vocational-Nurse-LVN_2-3-Years.pdf

Example #2 2-3 Years

5-10 Years
Licensed-Vocational-Nurse-LVN_5-10-Years.pdf

Example #3 5-10 Years

10+ Years
Licensed-Vocational-Nurse-LVN_10-Years.pdf

Example #4 10+ Years

Licensed Vocational Nurse Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • No Experience 0
  • 2-3 years 2-3
  • 5-10 Years 5-10
  • 10+ Years 10+

Sasha Morris
(234) 684-5677
[email protected]
126 Lotus Road, St. Louis, MO 12345

Profile

Enthusiastic, patient-focused recent graduate with successful completion of NCLEX-PN looking for an entry-level position as a licensed vocational nurse. Experienced at working as part of a team or independently, with excellent communication skills and a desire to succeed in a healthcare setting.

Key Skills

  • Administering medications
  • Willing to work flexible hours
  • IV and phlebotomy skills
  • Maintaining records and computerized files
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Experienced with children and elderly patients

Education

Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing; GPA 3.9/4.0
St. Louis University School of Nursing St. Louis, MO, September 2020 – August 2021

NCLEX-PN passed September 12, 2021

Professional Experience

Nursing Extern, Medical Practice of Dr. Jane Adams, St. Louis, MO
January 2021 – May 2021

  • Helped maintain efficient schedule in busy pediatric office
  • Worked directly with Dr. Adams in examination room to keep child patients relaxed and ensure a positive experience for both child and parent
  • Assisted with client record-keeping, using CareCloud Software system
  • Perform diagnostic testing under guidance by Dr. Adams

Volunteer Aide, Riverview Assisted Living Facility, St. Louis, MO
June 2018 – Present

  • Assist staff nurses at a care facility with 120 in-house residents
  • Perform daily rounds with nurses to assess patient condition, administer medications, and ensure patient well-being
  • Correctly update computer records as needed with daily data points and drug administration
  • Provide caring and compassionate service to residents needing assistance with eating, bathing, or other daily activities

Alex Bohannian
(212) 948-4781
[email protected]
584 Madison Ave., NY, NY  12022

Profile

Caring LVN with 2+ years of experience in both hospital and clinical settings. Dedicated to providing patient-centered care in a collaborative setting, working positively with other medical staff to execute patient plans. Excellent communicator with advanced skills in record keeping and maintaining a high quality of care in fast-paced settings.

Key Skills

  • Patient monitoring
  • Critical thinking and reasoning
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of clinical protocols for vital signs

Education

Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
Medgar Evers College, City University Of New York Brooklyn, NY September 2017 – June 2018 

NCLEX-PN completed July 2019

Professional Experience

Licenced Vocational Nurse, Bellevue Hospital Center – Primary Stroke Center, New York, NY
August 2019 – Present

  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to establish and implement patient care strategies
  • Administer medications under the guidance of charge nurses or other medical personnel
  • Assist in evaluation of patient responses to care
  • Observe patients daily, charting changes in condition and taking any action that is necessary to maintain proper care protocols

Nurse Extern, Northwell Health Urgent Care, New York, NY
June 2018 – August 2019

  • Aided medical staff of urgent care facility in high-population neighborhood
  • Under the direction of medical supervisor, assisted in diagnosing and treating walk-in patients
  • Aided office staff with record keeping, becoming fluent in use of Azalea Health electronic record system

Anne D. Ricci
(123) 345-1295
[email protected]
8291 Monroe Place, Waitsburg, WA  19876

Profile

Experienced nursing professional with 7+ years as an LVN directly involved in patient care. A skilled communicator who works well in a team setting, able to coordinate care with other medical professionals as well as to work compassionately with each individual patient.

Professional Experience

Licensed Vocational Nurse, Whitman Place Assisted Living Community, Walla Walla, WA
June 2016 – Present

  • Integral part of a team consisting of doctors, nurses, and other health care and social work professionals to ensure a high quality of life for 75+ residents
  • Interact one-on-one with residents to ensure that medication regimen is being followed and other healthcare initiatives are being met
  • Supervise 2 to 3 aides and volunteer assistants
  • Provide enrichment activities for residents, such as fitness classes, movie time, and craft workshops
  • Collect samples, prepare residents for treatments, and help ensure that they understand their care routines

Licensed Vocational Nurse, Private Practice of Dr. James Garcia, Walla Walla, WA
September 2014 to June 2016

  • Assist Dr. Garcia in providing holistic care for geriatric patients
  • Maintained respectful relationships with patients, with focus always on improving their quality of life
  • Prepare patients for examination or treatment, providing explanations and education of procedures and medications
  • Measure and record vital statistics, such as blood pressure and respiration

Education

Associate in Nursing
Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla, WA, September 2012 – June 2014

NCLEX-PN: June 2014

Key Skills

  • EHR systems including NextGen Healthcare and Therapy Notes
  • Sample collection, including blood, urine, and sputum.
  • Basic laboratory tests
  • Assistance with ADLs for elderly patients
  • Administration and record-keeping for prescribed medications

Certifications

  • Long-term care certification, National Association of Practical Nurse Education

Sebastian Torres
(649) 495-2953
[email protected]
1057 Wayneport Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Profile

Professional LVN with 16 years of experience in hospitals, private institutions, and clinics. Core competencies include the ability to play a vital role in medical teams, communicate effectively orally and in writing, and administer compassionate care to patients of all ages. Experienced as both a supervisor of other care staff, and as a resource for both patients and caregivers.

Professional Experience

Licensed Vocational Nurse, St. Michael’s Heart Hospital of Austin – Cardiology Division, Austin, TX
October 2011 – Present

  • Part of primary support team for patients undergoing cardiac care and rehabilitation
  • Administer medications, IV therapy, and other treatments for those admitted to the hospital through the cardiac emergency room who are awaiting surgery or other treatments
  • Supervise 3 to 4 nursing assistants assigned to the care of admitted cardiac patients
  • Serve as primary liaison to family members and patients, educating them on the care and treatment options that are available for cardiac patients

Licensed Vocational Nurse, Austin Regional Clinic: Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX
December 2006 – June 2011

  • Integral part of healthcare team that assessed and treated walk-in patients
  • Administered medicine under doctor’s guidance
  • Educated patients on proper care of wounds and illnesses
  • Input data into Kareo electronic health record system

Nursing Assistant, Mayfair Assisted Living, Cedar Park, TX
August, 2004 – December 2006

  • Provided direct care to residents, including cleaning, bathing, and toileting
  • Helped turn, reposition, and transfer patients from beds to wheelchairs
  • Measure and record vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Served meals to residents and helped them to eat if needed
  • Ensured a high level of cleanliness in all areas

Education

Vocational Nursing Certificate
Austin Community College Austin, TX, May 2005

NCLEX-PN passed: June 2005

Key Skills

  • Record management
  • Sample collection
  • Time management
  • Prioritization of patient care
  • Drug administration

Certifications

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, December 2011, National Association of Practical Nurse Education
  • IV Therapy, June, 2012, NAPNE
  • Pharmacology, April, 2019, NAPNE

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Licensed Vocational Nurse Resumes

Often, the first viewer of your resume isn’t a person — it’s an Applicant Tracking System, or ATS. This software scans your resume for keywords and phrases that it’s been programmed to look for. If it doesn’t find those words and phrases, your resume may never progress to the next level in the hiring process. One of your goals when crafting your resume is to include keywords and action verbs, which can often be found in the job ad. Below are some examples that are common in licensed vocational nurse job postings.

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Active listening Assessment
Collaboration Critical thinking and reading
Drug administration IV administration
Patient-centered care Record keeping
Sample collection Task prioritization
Written and oral communication
Action Verbs
Administer Assess
Collect Communicate
Contribute Counsel
Educate Ensure
Improve Lead
Maintain Motivate
Prepare Prioritize
Provide Recognize
Supervise Support
Update Verify

Tips for Writing a Better Licensed Vocational Nurse Resume

Quantify your nursing experience to feature your successes

Quantifying your nursing experience gives hiring managers a clearer picture of the scope of your skills and abilities. Don’t be afraid to indicate the specific number of patients you cared for or the number of nursing assistants or volunteers you trained.

Example 1

Good


Vital member of healthcare team working with 14 to 24 patients in high-risk prenatal ward.

Bad


Helped care for expectant mothers in a hospital setting.

Example 2

Good


Trained and supervised 3 to 4 new volunteer aides annually, providing a four-week course of study before they began their service to recovering patients in 16-patient stroke ward.

Bad


Worked with volunteers in a hospital setting.

Highlight a key skill needed to be successful for the role

If you have a certification, or are otherwise skilled in a particular area, note that on your resume, indicating, for example, what your certification was in, when you received it, and who was the certifying body. If you worked with a particular piece of equipment or software, that’s worth mentioning as well.

Example 1

Good


Earned NAPNES Certification in IV therapy in 2017. Skilled at demonstrating knowledge of IV fluids, pump and equipment operation, and identifying potential complications from IV therapy.

Bad


Certified in IV therapy.

Example 2

Good


Highly skilled at electronic medical record (EMR) systems including Kareo, AdvancedMD, and AxisCare.

Bad


Able to input information in computerized health care systems.

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

HR managers want to hire people who are the best fit for the specific job, and they write job ads with that in mind. The best way to have your resume noticed is to match what they say in the job description with your own skills and proficiencies. Because of this, your resume should be tweaked to work with every job for which you apply.

Before you do so, read the job description you’re interested in carefully. Use a highlighter, if you wish, to mark the primary descriptive words. Take special note of those that are featured early in the description — these tend to be most important.

Then look at your own resume and see how you can match the description with your own job history. For every descriptive word in the job ad, ask yourself what experience you bring to the table. If you are early on in your career, don’t forget that volunteer experience, internships and externships, and extracurricular work may address some of the job’s needs.

Example of Licensed Vocational Nurse Description


As a licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse (LPN/LVN), you’ll be the connection between exceptional care and real, positive results. Paired with mentors who encourage you to grow, you’ll be an important part of an interdisciplinary team. This is your chance to get to know your patients and watch them progress due to your efforts with national post-acute care leader Encompass Heath.

Responsibilities

  • Perform a broad array of nursing tasks under the supervision of a registered nurse each day.
  • Provide direct care to patients; carry out their plans of care and observe their behavior, vital signs, symptoms, and responses to treatment.
  • Work with a wide range of diagnoses, including stroke, spinal cord injury, neurological disorders, joint replacement, fractures, multiple trauma and cardiac/pulmonary conditions.
  • Help patients work toward goals of being discharged and returning to their lives, families, and communities.

Qualifications

  • Current LPN/LVN licensure appropriate to state regulations required.
  • Current CPR certification
  • One or more years of experience within an inpatient medical-surgical or general hospital setting preferred.
  • Rehabilitation experience

According to this job description, the ideal candidate would have the following characteristics, skills, or experience:

  • Exceptional care
  • Positive results
  • Interdisciplinary team
  • Post-acute care
  • Direct care to patients
  • Plans of care
  • Observation
  • Help patients work toward goals
  • LPN/LVN licensure
  • CPR certification
  • Inpatient medical surgical care
  • Rehabilitation experience

These are the words that the hiring manager (or, possibly, ATS) will be looking for. If you are able to incorporate these words into your own resume, you may be better able to secure an interview. So, for example, you might include the following in your resume:

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Work Experience Example


Licensed Vocational Nurse

Harris Hills Hospital, January 2017 – Present

  • Offer exceptional care to 24+ post-surgical patients in oncology ward.
  • Carry out plans of care and help patients work toward goals that will allow for discharge.
  • Integral member of interdisciplinary care team that includes doctors, nurses, and other medical staff.
  • Educate patients on rehabilitation program customized for them by their care team.
  • Earned CPR certification, February 2017.