Staff 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 215,936 Staff 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 Staff 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 Staff 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 Staff 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 Staff Nurses, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on staff nurse resumes is patient care, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: charge nurse. 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 staff nurse.
Top Skills for a Staff Nurse
RN, 6%
ICU, 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 215,936 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a staff nurse job required by employers is 1.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average staff nurse job listing asks for 1.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average staff nurse candidate have?
The average staff nurse resume contains 4.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your staff nurse skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from staff nurse resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Surgical Nurse

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Staff Nurse
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Psychology
  • Supervised nurses and CNAs in the assessment and administration of palliative care for terminally ill patients.
  • Provide care to medically complex patient population, including those with CHF and acute and chronic renal failure.
  • Provide direct patient care to a diverse population with multisystem disease processes in a Level 1 trauma center.
  • General, Vascular, Gynecology, Plastic Surgery Unit.
  • Continued responsibility for Neuroscience/Trauma ICU, General Neuroscience and ICU Float Pool.
Intensive Care Unit Nurse

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Staff Nurse
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Law
  • Provided wound care, picc and porta cath care, IV therapy and medication administration.
  • Cared for a variety of surgical and heart cath post-op patients Also assisted in OR when on call.
  • Monitored postoperative cardiac surgery patients Coordinate patient care Interpreted EKG's Dispensing of medications Treatments
  • Provided direct nursing care for patients on the Telemetry Unit.
  • Cared for patients recovering from heart conditions or cardiac surgery.
Medical/Surgery Registered Nurse

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Staff Nurse
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Psychology
  • Conducted comprehensive assessments, interpreted objective and subjective data to form nursing diagnosis, planned and coordinated care plans.
  • Worked with G/NG/PEG tubes, PICC/Mid/Arterial lines and tracheostomies.
  • Interpreted ECG rhythm strips daily, reviewed lab work, and performed necessary interventions.
  • Staff nurse level 2 trauma center; relief charge nurse.
  • Inserted IVs and Foley catheters.
Registered Nurse Med/Surg

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Staff Nurse
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Business/Commerce
  • specialized in neurosurgery and spinal surgery but frequently rotated through all specialties.
  • Contract: Winthrop Hospital, Emergency Department Level 1 Trauma American Mobile Healthcare, San Diego, CA.
  • Reviewed EKG strips for changes in patient's cardiac rhythm, informing doctors of changes as per hospital protocol.
  • Coordinate and maintain records for CPR, ACLS, PALS, STABLE, and Fetal Heart Monitoring provided by contracted services.
  • Communicated laboratory results and conducted responsive and empathetic patient education.
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Staff Nurse job openings don't necessarily require a 4 year degree. Looking at our data, we found that the majority of staff nurse resumes listed an associate degree (typically 2 years) as the highest level of education.
Overwhelmingly, those applying to staff nurse positions majored in Nursing. Some of the other common majors that appear on staff nurse resumes include Nursing Science, Business, and Family Practice Nursing.
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

Staff 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 Staff Nurses. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Staff Nurses to learn more.

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