You love being a nurse. Direct patient care is fulfilling; you know you’re making a difference in someone’s life. You’re there when your patients need you, making them feel comforted, supported, and cared for. But now you feel like your clinical skills, knowledge, and experience can take you to the next level. You want to share what you know with other nurses, making them better at what they do and helping them to grow as well. You’re ready to be a clinical nurse manager.
There are many opportunities in many different settings for a nursing leadership role. Before you even begin your search, perhaps the most important thing you can do is prepare a resume that reflects your work experience, background, skills, and career goals, giving a potential employer a clear picture of who you are and why they would want you to join their staff.
Below are some tips for creating a winning nurse manager resume. Be sure to include information on:
- Certifications—Are you certified in certain types of care such as wound care, pediatrics, or tracheostomy and ventilator care management?
- Education—Include the name of the school(s) and the date(s) you earned your degree(s).
- Advanced degrees—Have you earned your BSN, MSN, or DNP? Perhaps you are an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN)? Make sure to include all your degrees.
- State licenses—Include all states in which you are licensed to practice.
- Experience—Include the types of care in which you have experience (you do not necessarily have to have certification). Examples include pediatrics, intravenous, trach and vent, and intensive care. Specific experience in Medicare and Oasis documentation system is very important to many health care providers.
- Names of employers and dates of employment
- Anything that demonstrates you have experience managing others—Were you a charge nurse? Did you oversee anyone including LPNs, HHAs, or CNAs?
- Per-diem work—If you have a full-time position but do some per-diem work on the side, be sure to include that.
- Volunteer and community work—Many nurses volunteer their services. If you have, let a potential employer know that caring is more than just a career for you.
- What you want to do and why you’re qualified—A summary or brief statement at the beginning— including insight into your background and career goals—tells an employer why you are looking for a nurse manager job and what you can bring to the table.