I am a new grad. Took NCLEX-RN today and so far, I am getting the “good” pop-up from PearsonVue. My question is this: I had a professor who insisted that we need to list “every piece of equipment we’ve ever touched” on our resumes. Is this REALLY necessary?
Also, I am a second career nurse, in my mid-30’s and I am truly awful at interviews. I don’t know what to expect salary-wise in the Fort Lauderdale area, and it worries that I have unrealistic expectations (either too high or too low). I think this whole process of job hunting is more nerve wracking than nursing school and NCLEX combined.
I appreciate any and all advice.
Equiipment usage is not included on a resume. If you can get your resume onto one page, great, if not, NEVER more than two pages. You can briefly discuss general types of equipment if it is included in your job description, such as taking care of ventilated patients, but do not include the brand names of any IV pumps or monitors or anything else.
Can’t help you as far as how much you should be asking for … all of my hospital jobs have been unionized so got paid according to the scale. Good luck.
That’s helpful. I did my senior preceptorship in an ICU, had lots of vent patients and actually participated in 2 Code Blue situations. I’m also a member of the Program Advisory Board, and a student senator in the faculty meetings. Is this useful to place in my resume?
Listing your ICU experience for your preceptorship will help, include your preceptorship as its own job, unless your resume is already too full, and include responding to Code Blues as part of the job description for your preceptorship.
Program advisory board/studen senator can be listed on the education section. You can put it in parentheses next to your major. It will help you stick out a little, but I would focus most of your resume on clinical stuff, such as current in BLS, ACLS, PALS, any certificates you have earned.
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