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What do you recommend to include in a resume for an upcoming BSN grad who is applying for Level 1 Trauma hospitals?

September 18th, 2023

Include everything that shows you are a team player, resilient and an eager learner. When I hire new grads, it’s 100% on attitude. I can teach tasks and skills. I can’t teach you to care about the team.

September 28th, 2022

If you have been working part-time in the specialty area you're looking for, you would definitely want to include that, as well as references for them available upon request. List any certifications you might have, ie: CPR, ACLS, etc up to date. Hint: it shows you know certain certifications are needed for the position and you've taken the initiative to obtain these in advance, saving the hospital the time and expense of sending you for those before you can be accepted for the job. If you're looking for a critical care position, definitely get at least those two in place first. If you placed high in your class, and have 'proof', you could also include that or make reference to it being available upon request. You don't want a lengthy resume, but you do want it to pique their interest, and stand out from others applying for the position you seek, especially from someone just graduating. They won't be expecting a lot of experiences from you as a new nurse, but if you have other work experiences related to the position you're seeking, it would be good to highlight those, such as previous positions as an aide, LVN, etc, or even different positions and departments of a hospital. This could show a broader base of knowledge of how different departments interact within the hospital system. Depending on the area of the country you're looking at, and the specialty area, you may or may not be in 'competition' with other new grads, as well as experienced nurses who are relocating, re-entering the job market, or just changing hospitals or specialties.