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Facts About This Resume:

  • Candidate has 11 consecutive years of healthcare experience and 6 years of nursing experience.
  • Candidate has a relevant degree and certification.
  • Candidate has held one long-term position in the field.

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Erin Emmons
[email protected]
123 Your Street, Los Angeles, CA 12345

Resume Objective

Registered Professional Nurse with 11 consecutive years of health care experience, including 6 years as an emergency room nurse. I have an M.S. in Nursing and am currently working toward my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Falling Leaf College. Seeking a position as a geriatric nurse at Rambling River Nursing Home.


Falling Leaf College, Davis, CA
Masters of Arts in Nursing, September 2013 — June 2014

Tulip Meadow College, Claremont, CA
Bachelors of Arts in Nursing, September 2009 — June 2013

Professional Experience

River Bluff Hospital, Beaumont, CA
Emergency Room Nurse, July 2013 — Present
  • Collaborate with medical staff, patients and family members to deliver appropriate care in a timely manner
  • Administer IV fluids and prescription medications, including antibiotics and narcotics, while monitoring patient reactions
  • Prepare patients for surgery and other procedures, including CT scan, X-ray and MRI
  • Perform life-saving care for stroke, heart attack and overdose patients
  • Review urinalysis, blood specimen tests and other laboratory work before creating effective treatment plans tailored toward each patient's needs
Beaumont Retirement Community, Beaumont, CA
Certified Nurse Aide, August 2008 — June 2013
  • Provided basic medical care for residents in a 115-bed facility
  • Assisted residents with daily hygiene tasks, including bathing and toileting
  • Changed bedpans, emptied drainage bags and tidied up resident rooms
  • Maintained accurate patient records while complying with HIPAA standards
  • Administered medication and monitored vital signs

Key Skills

  • Problem Solving
  • Patient Care
  • Thrives in Hectic Environments
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Adaptability
  • Bilingual
  • Detail-Oriented


  • Registered Professional Nurse (RN)
  • Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN)

Dear [Hiring Manager],

My name is Erin Emmons, and I am a Registered Professional Nurse passionate about providing top-notch care for patients. I enjoy working with elderly patients, so I was excited when I discovered Rambling River Nursing Home has an open spot for a geriatric nurse. I currently work the night shift at River Bluff Hospital, where I provide critical care for emergency room patients. Prior to my 6 years as an ER nurse, I spent 5 years working as a Certified Nurse Aide for Beaumont Retirement Community.

In 2014, I obtained an M.S. in Nursing at Falling Leaf College, where I'm currently pursing my Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I have excellent time management skills, which I use daily as I balance the medical needs of 20 to 40 patients in the emergency room. Other skills include medication management; G-tube feedings and care; wound dressing and care; and blood and stool specimen collection. As a bilingual nurse, I ensure Spanish-speaking patients receive quality care and understand complex medical procedures.

I'd like to discuss my nursing history in detail, including how it can benefit the residents of Rambling River Nursing Home, at your earliest convenience. You can call me at (123) 456-7890 or email me at [email protected] Thank you for reviewing my resume for your geriatric nurse position.

Erin Emmons
[email protected]
(123) 456-7890

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1. Provide Information About Degrees and Licenses

Hospitals, doctor’s offices and nursing homes must follow state regulations when hiring nurses. If you lack the proper degrees or certifications, you can’t get a nursing job — yet some ambitious job applicants still try applying for available positions anyway. You don’t want to get tossed in the pile of unqualified applicants, so list your educational background in your objective as well as your cover letter.

Some medical facilities prefer training and skills beyond a basic nursing degree, even if you’re technically eligible for employment in your state. Let potential employers know if you’re currently pursuing another degree or certification, as this may increase your chances of getting the position you want.

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2. Detail Your Traits and Skills

Nurses are basically superheroes in scrubs, so your personality traits and employment skills should reflect this. Nursing has a high turnover rate because many people can’t handle the hectic environment that hospitals and assisted living communities often demand. If you’re a recent nursing graduate, make sure to mention how you work well under pressure or effectively handle constant changes to your routine.

Aside from the technical requirements, nurses should also be organized, compassionate and kind. Mention at least one of these traits on your resume, and don’t forget to include information about the type of patients, such as children or elderly adults, that you typically serve. You may also want to mention that you’re a team player, as nurses generally coordinate care with patients and their providers rather than making solo decisions.

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3. Provide Detailed Duty Descriptions

Nursing encompasses a wide range of duties, so an ER nurse may have completely different skills than a pediatric nurse who works for a private practice. However, you can still mention some basic duties, such as medication management and charting.

Think about the position you want when you list duty descriptions, and make sure your skills reflect the duties your new employer may require. For example, you may not want to mention that you helped deliver babies and provide postpartum care if you are applying for a nursing position that works with the elderly population. Instead, you can focus on how you help oncology patients or stroke victims in your current position.

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4. Make Your Objective Clear and Concise

Nursing is one of the top professions in the United States, but that doesn’t mean you can slack on your resume. Mention your education, including your current job title and number of years in the healthcare field, in your objective. That way, you can quickly catch the eye of a recruiter who is reviewing dozens — possibly even hundreds — of other resumes. Include your desired position in the objective, as the recruiter may also be hiring for CNAs, medical assistants and other health care positions.