Registered Nurse Resume Writing Tips and More

After completing your education and clearing the NCLEX-RN examination to get your license to work as a registered nurse, the only thing that is left is to get the job of your dreams. You can achieve those dreams by simply writing an effective nurse resume. The good part is that the US Department of Labor projects much faster-than-average job growth for registered nurses through 2016. That means as there is plenty of job opportunity in the market for registered nurses, you can easily get a job. When considering a registered nursing position in the institution of your choice, a detailed resume or curriculum vitae is often given a lot of importance.

A detailed and informative resume will give a clearer understanding of your experience to prospective employers.  A winning resume generates a positive message about your experience and doesn’t raise questions or confuse the reader. Your resume must be written in such a manner that it convinces potential employers to learn more about you. With a look at your resume, they must believe that you have the skills to be a successful nurse.

Simply listing of job responsibilities to a document that focuses on what you have accomplished as a registered nurse is not all convincing. Your resume must describe what you can do. Have you treated critically ill patients? Can you demonstrate that you can work well under increasing pressure? Have you developed new health programs? The hiring manager has to see how your previous accomplishments are relevant to her needs. If your resume impresses the hiring manager, the chances are high of you being called in for an interview.

Here are certain points that you need to keep in mind while writing your resume for the post of a registered nurse (for both fresher and experienced candidates). 

About Your Personal Details: 

This section must give a clear idea about your name, address and family background.

  • Write your name in the following format: first name and then your surname or family name. 
  • Don’t forget to write how you would like to be called in parenthesis. For example- Julie Anna Jordan, RN (Anna).
  • Always give you current address as this will be the address for communication.
  • Also mention about your original or permanent address.
  • In the address include your telephone number also.
  • Don’t forget to include your email address.
  • If you are married include the name of your spouse also.

About Your Qualification Details:

Here in this section, you must give details about your academic performances and soft skills.

  • Give details about your educational background starting from high school.
  • Also mention about academic honors.
  • Mention about your training and licensure details.
  • Provide information about scholarships and extracurricular activities.
  • Don’t forget to write about your nursing soft skills.

About Your Work History/Experience:

This section must give a clear picture of your nursing background and must be thorough. This section is important for those candidates who want to switch job.

  • Never anything about  non-nursing related jobs.
  • In case there are chronological gaps in your previous work experience, provide an explanation i.e. pregnancy, maternity leave, taking care of family, and so on.
  • Give a brief description of the hospital: number of beds, private or public, teaching hospital, trauma center, etc.
  • Do describe unit/ward:  number of beds, types of patients cards, nurse/patient ratio.
  • Mention clearly about your position in your previous job and about your duties and responsibilities.
  • Do mention about any volunteer nursing positions if you had.

About References:

  • Don’t list references of doctors or personal references who are not nurses 
  • Do list the names, job titles, email addresses or fax numbers, and hospital, along with hospital addresses, of senior nurses (not doctors) 
  • Don’t forget, these references must be nurses who you have worked under, such as someone you have reported to.

Other valuable suggestions to refine your resume:

  • Use a 1-inch margin throughout.
  • Don’t force your resume onto one page but don’t go beyond two.
  • Do not include irrelevant information.
  • Do not include salary information in your resume.
  • Keep bulleted statements short.
  • Keep most important information along the left margin.
  • Use capitalization and bold to highlight important information. Don’t overdo it.
  • Read your resume twice before sending it to avoid typographical errors.
  • Use a high quality bond paper.
  • Never staple your resume. Use a paperclip instead.
  • Never fold your resume. Use a 9”x12” envelope.

The above tips for resume of RN jobs will go a long way in portraying your abilities and skill sets efficiently. Now, here is a sample resume for the post of registered nurses:

Andrew Moore,
4, East 23 Street,
Beverly Hills, California, 03269,
Phone :038-326 3595


I am a dedicated, patient-focused registered nurse with proven experience in oncology, emergency and neonatal care. After working for years in a busy emergency department I now wish to broaden my horizons by moving in to theatre services.


University of California, California
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Graduated: 2006
St. Jones School
Higher School Certificate
Graduated: 2002

Employment History:

May 2008 – Present: Registered Nurse, Emergency Department
Royal Prince Albert Hospital, California


  • Provide emergency medical care for patients suffering from trauma, acute chest pain, and respiratory failure
  • Assess patients and priorities care
  • Follow direct instructions of physician or surgeon
  • Care for Emergency Room patients at a level one trauma centre
  • Manage multiple critically ill patients
  • Document assessments, care plans and outcomes
  • Provide information and support to patients and family members regarding condition, prognosis and treatment program


  • Organized the Trauma Awareness health campaign to educate people regarding emergency health care
  • Selected to serve as infection control coordinator – facilitated and organized meetings with ward managers to ensure infection-control policy compliance
    Mar 2007 – April 2008: Graduate Nursing Program, Royal Prince Albert Hospital, California
  •  Third rotation: Oncology (3 months) Was involved in all areas of oncology including chemotherapy, pain management, education, evaluation, treatment and support.
  • Second rotation: Emergency (3 months)
  • Acted as ‘first line’ in the treatment of patients who have been involved in major or minor forms of trauma and provided care for people with medical and surgical conditions.
  • First rotation: Neonatal (6 months) Cared for premature babies and babies with congenital heart problems.
    Certificate and Licensing:
  • Certified in Nursing and Caring
  • Registered Nurse License from California
  • Practical Nursing License from California


Skill Name Skill Level Last Used/Experience
Case Management Expert 1 year ago/2 years
Critical-Care Nursing Intermediate 1 year ago/2 years
Medication Administration Intermediate 1 year ago/2 years
Family Education Expert 1 year ago/2 years
Patient Advocacy Expert 1 year ago/2 years
Patient Assessment Expert 1 year ago/2 years
Psychiatric Nursing Intermediate 1 year ago/1 year
Quality of Care Expert 1 year ago/2 years

 Other Skills:

Category Name Proficiency Years experience Last Used
Computer Microsoft Office Advanced 9 years Use currently
Computer Internet Explorer Advanced 9 years Use currently


  • Horse riding
  • White water rafting
  • Bungee jumping
  • Paragliding
  • Mountain bike riding


Dr. Alfred Smith
Managing Director
Dr. Smith Clinic, Beverly Hills, California

Katie Joe
Nurse Unit Manager
Royal Prince Albert Hospital, California

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