Nurse Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 65,309 Nurse resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Nurse Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Patient Care, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Nurse Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Nurse CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
For Nurses, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on nurse resumes is patient care, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: vital signs. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as a nurse.
Top Skills for a Nurse
Triage, 4%
RN, 4%
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Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 65,309 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a nurse job required by employers is 2.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average nurse job listing asks for 2.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average nurse candidate have?
The average nurse resume contains 5.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your nurse skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from nurse resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Nurse
Master's Degree
Master's Degree - Medicine
  • Admit pts prior to surgery in their rooms, follow them to surgery and retrieve them from pacu.
  • Provided effective leadership, mentoring, and direction to support staff.
  • Assessed, diagnosed and treated acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
  • Provided primary care for 6-8 preoperative and postoperative general surgery and orthopedic patients.
  • Obtained and maintaining accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).
Clinical Associate

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Nurse
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Education
  • Coordinated activities, presentations and workshops for annual hospital Clinical Research Week.
  • Process charge entry for Critical Care, Radiology, Emergency and Anesthesia departments.
  • Provide support and CPR training to families of critically ill patients.
  • Participated in pilot hospital initiative to standardize research scheduling, registration, billing procedures.
  • Manage administrative, regulatory, and business aspects of project implementation

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Nurse
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Social Work
  • Provide nursing care for telemetry and medical/surgical patients in the hospital.
  • Provided complete bedside nursing care for the patients on mechanical ventilators and telemetry.
  • Inform physician of patient's condition during anesthesia.
  • Planned and implemented budget and cost controls for the Trauma Services Department.
  • Acted as primary resource and mentor for clinical nurse interns.
Student/Clinical Rotation

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Nurse
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Marketing
  • Transferred to the ICU post graduation and care for Trauma, post-op and medical critically ill patients.
  • Assisted patients with multiple chronic diagnoses including COPD and asthma.
  • Participated in Maternity Clinical Rotation from September to November 2016.
  • Worked with PICC/Central/Arterial lines, NG/PEG tubes, surgical drains and ostomies.
  • Participated in deliveries in Labor and Delivery and OR settings.
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Nurse job openings don't necessarily require a 4 year degree. Looking at our data, we found that the majority of nurse resumes listed an associate degree (typically 2 years) as the highest level of education.
Overwhelmingly, those applying to nurse positions majored in Nursing. Some of the other common majors that appear on nurse resumes include Business, Nursing Science, and Nursing Assistants.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Nurse Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Nurses. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Nurses to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%