I recently had to return home to the UK for a short time for family reasons and whilst there, spent a large proportion of my time in the company of some amazing nurses, allied health and medical professionals. It made me think about the fantastic nurses I have worked with in the past, assisting them with their career journeys and how much I enjoyed partnering with them to achieve this.
For many nurses, nursing is a vocation not just a career. I grew up in a medical household with my father being a doctor and my mother being a nurse. I was consistently exposed to an array of nurses, nursing roles, hospital wards, community nurses and many more. The thing they had in common was their desire to help those in need and nurse them in the best way they could. In my writing career, I have continued to work with people in the medical and nursing fields and have successfully written a large and diverse range of nursing resumes and nursing key selection criteria to support exciting and worthwhile career moves.
When writing a nursing resume, I pay great consideration to the career path the nurse wants to take whether this is a promotion in the same department, a venture into rural and remote nursing or a transition into a new clinical area. The skills you have learnt and developed as a nurse so far are important, but conveying your intention, career goals, motivation and commitment are equally appealing to a new employer. Nursing resumes differ slightly from many other professions as there is a high degree of technical skill that has to be demonstrated as well as the nurturing and caring nature of nurses that makes them so great. Your resume is your chance to display your professional nursing experience, your personality and character all in the one document!
When writing a key selection criteria, a criteria statement or cover letter, it is important that the competencies that are being assessed are clearly demonstrated and relate to specific experiences you have had in your recent nursing career. You will have plenty of examples that you will be able to use, it is remembering what they are, relating them to the specific context of the criterion and making what is written engaging! If the answer is well written, keeps the reader’s interest and covers all of the competencies being asked for then you have an excellent chance of being selected for interview. When I work with nurses on their selection criteria, I ensure that the examples specifically reflect their individual experience, whilst keeping the terminology and language consistent with what the selection criteria is asking for. There are nuances in terminology between departments, roles, levels of position and even between States but I apply my knowledge of these to make each selection criteria I write engaging, unique to you and authentic.
So when you are applying for your next nursing position, consider a well written, targeted nursing resume or nursing selection criteria to springboard you further into your nursing career!
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