How to write a nursing CV
Your CV is a way for you to showcase yourself as a person and also what skills make you suitable for the position to which you are applying. Here is a few nurse CV tips for when you’re sitting down to update your CV:
Your CV is a short document describing your education, work history, etc., that you give an employer when you are applying for a job, or; a list of achievements. Your nursing CV should be concise and to-the-point. Let your nursing experience speak for itself.
Your CV style should reflect what the nursing profession has to offer: cleanliness, efficiency, and directive. Stay true to the practicality of the nursing vocation by using design elements that can be easily uploaded to various computers without losing the integrity of the document.
Don't avoid using nursing terms. Nurse jargon isn't going to lose you any points here, as your employer is also a member of the healthcare industry. Examples of nursing jargon: Administered, Coordinated, Examined, Monitored, Oversaw, Performed, Reported.
If the nursing job you're applying for has a specific title for the position, use this job title in your CV – use the title more than once if you can make room.
Words not to use in your CV: There are a dozen ways to articulate how self-motivated an individual you are, using the term "self-motivated" should not be one of them. Hard worker, quick learner, results-driven, self-motivated, think outside the box.
If you make a quantifiable statement about sales or patients or any aspect of your work as a nurse, back it up with real numbers.
Your employment history should not mention the minimum-wage job you worked while in school – unless this job directly relates to the nursing job that you are currently applying for. Stay present and stay relevant.
Punctuation matters for nurses. Your nursing CV is no different. Take the time to check it for typos, punctuation errors, formatting mistakes or grammatical errors.
Don't skimp on your honours, awards, recognitions or special assignments. If you've had great successes as a nurse, mention them in your CV. Simply having your nursing license isn't impressive enough in a pool of nursing applicants. Set yourself apart by showcasing your distinctions from your peers.
When discussing experience, get specific. Tell your potential employers about the type of facilities you have worked for as well as bed numbers, analytics software experience, unit type, and caseload (patient to nurse ratio).
Certifications, licenses, degrees, and diplomas should be listed and include their expiration dates, identification numbers, state of origin, and certifying bodies. These are official documents that carry a great amount of weight towards the types of positions that are available to you, don't leave out important data.
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