Looking to gain more nursing experience as a nursing student? We have a resume guide that can help!
Whether you've just started nursing school or you're nearing graduation, it's important to have a nursing student resume and keep it updated.
While you are a student, there are plenty of opportunities for you to add skills to your experience and even test out different nursing opportunities to see what bests suits you and your wants and needs. Not to mention, different companies may be interested in viewing your resume, too.
Here are some opportunities you can get as a student:
In order to be able to get any of the aforementioned opportunities, it is important for you to have a resume, even if you have little to no experience as a nurse.
Nursing is a competitive and growing field. Therefore, even as a student, it's important to have an impressive resume.
This guide is here to help you get your resume ready for any opportunity that may present itself to you during your nursing education years.
Here are the 7 steps we are going to be covering:
The way you format and style your resume can say a lot about you. It shows hiring managers, that, even though you're a student, you're respectable and looking to advance yourself.
When creating your resume, don't forget to include these sections:
When it comes to the format of your resume, there are three ways you can do so:
As a nursing school student, you'll need to see what you have more of to determine which format you'd like to use for your resume.
Ideally, you'll use a hybrid format, which will place emphasis on your experience and your skills.
Take a look at our guide on how to format your resume if you want to learn more.
Like an elevator pitch, your resume summary and objective is a 1-2 sentence blurb that highlights what you want hiring managers and recruiters to get out of your resume and showcases what your overall goals are when applying to a specific position.
It's a quick and easy way to show those viewing your resume that you appreciate their time, which can help you stand out since not everyone writes one.
As a student, here are some elements to include in your resume summary or objective:
Here's an example of what your student resume summary and objective can look like:
Nursing student with 1-year clinical experience seeking to strengthen patient care and understanding of the healthcare system by working at a hospital. Seeking to gain enough experience to go into the ER unit with confidence. Achieved 40% patient satisfaction rate at Jackson Memorial Hospital completing clinicals.
Tip: Sometimes, it's easier to write your resume summary and objective after you have already written your resume. That way, it's easier to pick and choose what characteristics to include.
Want to write the perfect resume summary? Our guide on writing resume summaries has tons of examples.
As nursing students, there are skills we pick up in the classroom and in clinical practices that translate well to your resume.
Depending on the experience you have, it's important to list all the relevant key skills you have acquired on your resume.
Tip: If a hospital is looking to take on nursing students, key skills can help you be selected.
Here are some nursing skills to include in your resume:
On top of these hard skills, be sure to include interpersonal skills like these:
Tip: You can even include skills such as multilingual and CPR certified, too.
Having trouble identifying your skills? We have a guide with 100+ key skills you can include in your resume.
You're a nursing student. Therefore, where you're a student should be included in your resume.
When adding an education section to your resume be sure to include:
Tip: As a student, it's just important to have your education on your resume.
Here's what the education section of your resume can look like:
2019 — Present
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
If you're unsure of how to put your GPA on your resume or if you should even include it, take a look at our guide on adding your GPA to your resume, which includes tips and examples.
As a nursing student, you're less likely to have tons of work experience because, instead of spending all your time at a job, you're getting an education. Nonetheless, there are experiences you can include in the work experience section of your resume, even if they're just clinicals.
Tip: Title your work experience section clinical experience if that is the only experience you have as a nursing student.
Here are some items you can include in the work experience section of your resume:
Regardless of your experience, here are some elements you must include when listing each individual working experience:
Here's an example of what your clinical experience can look like:
Precept Nurse, Jackson Memorial Hospital
Miami, FL • August 2019 — May 2020
Want more tips and tricks on how to write your work experience description? Check out our guide on describing your work experience.
As a nursing student, there are many organizations you can join to be further involved in your career. Not only are they fun and educational, but they look great on your resume, too.
Tip: If you're involved in any nursing organizations, and you're a part of the board or have a specific role, be sure to list that in the organizations section of your resume, too.
Here are some elements to include when describing what you're involved in:
Here are some organizations you can join as a nursing student:
While including languages on your resume is not necessary, it can help your resume seem more attractive to hiring managers and recruiters.
Being bilingual or multilingual improves your verbal communication, and hiring managers and recruiters are always looking for good communicators.
Here are some languages you can include on your resume if you know them:
Tip: Next to the languages you know on your resume, add if you're fluent, intermediate or a beginner in the language to show hiring managers just how well you know the specific language.
Just because you're a nursing student doesn't mean your resume can't be impressive and full of things that you can offer hiring managers and recruiters.
Here's a summary of everything we've discussed that you should include in your resume:
With our guide, you'll be getting that opportunity you've had your eye on in no time. You're only just getting started. The sky is the limit. Good luck!