A nursing curriculum vitae (CV) is similar to a nursing resume, however, its contents are more exhaustive. A CV can be used when applying for a position or seeking membership in a professional organization to demonstrate a nurse’s value and achievements. It’s important to format your CV correctly to provide the best possible impression to the individual reading it. In this article, we’ll discuss how to create a nursing CV that best demonstrates your career and accomplishments.
A nursing CV is a document that demonstrates all of a nurse’s professional accomplishments in an organized, chronological manner. While a resume should ideally be kept to one page, a CV offers the freedom to expand upon your professional accomplishments more thoroughly, as there is no expectation for the CV to be so short. A CV may be requested when applying for a high-ranking position when the hiring professional is interested in having a more thorough understanding of candidates before conducting interviews. When applying with a CV, it serves as your first point of introduction to the professional deciding on you, making your CV a critically important part of the process.
When creating your nursing CV, it’s important to make sure that you are providing the right information and presenting it with correct formatting. Here are the steps to follow to create your nursing CV:
At the heading of your CV, include your basic contact information, starting with your name in a larger font, followed by your address, email and phone number. Beneath your contact information, create a section titled “Professional Summary,” and include a short paragraph that provides a general summary of your career and qualifications. Use this space to highlight your strongest attributes and accomplishments as well as to note key information about your career such as your length of experience.
Your next section should be “Skills,” which will highlight the key abilities relevant to your professional career. List each skill as part of a short sentence that notes how you have earned or used them in the workplace. Include the skills as part of a paragraph with a dash (-) preceding each item, or create a simple bulleted list of your skills. This section does not need to be an exhaustive list of every professional ability you possess, and should instead focus only on the most essential skills relevant to the job you’re applying for.
The sections that follow your skills can vary depending on what areas you are trying to call attention to. Your professional career will dictate which areas are relevant and should be included as well as what order you should present the different sections. Here are the potential sections you can include on your CV:
Awards and honors
Memberships and associations
The most traditional approach to organizing your CV is to lead with your work experience, then continue with other sections in an order based on relevance and accomplishment levels. However, it is not required for professional history to be the lead section if there is another grouping that you feel is most important in summarizing your professional career.
Within each section, begin with your most recent accomplishment, and continue through in reverse chronological order. Under each section, include a bulleted list of your accomplishments and responsibilities of note. Unlike on a resume where you have limited space and must adjust the number of bullets, a CV has no maximum length, so you can include more information as needed.
Although your CV can be longer than a resume, you can consider formatting your CV to reduce its overall length. While you can include all important qualifications and experiences, consider using the abbreviated sentence structure of resumes to keep your CV concise. Also, keep your verbs consistent using the same tense and style. Keep in mind to use present tense verbs for positions you currently hold, whereas you use past tense verbs for those positions you held in the past.
A professional CV is not a place to show off your creative side. When formatting your CV, simpler is usually better, and consistency is important. If the font for your “Skills” setting is in bold font and point size 12, then all other section headings should also be bold and size 12. Avoid unnecessary visual styling like colors or excessive visual markups, sticking instead to simple fonts and lines where needed to differentiate between sections.
You can use this CV template in conjunction with the information you’ve prepared about your experience and classifications. When using this template, you can alter which sections to include after skills and the order. You can also add additional items under each heading as needed:
[Professional name][Mailing address]
[A short paragraph discussing your most important qualifications and professional experience]
[Highlight your most important skills with brief sentences, formatting with a bulleted list or using dashes (-) between skills to make the section easier to read]
[Position][Employer][Years of employment]
[Bulleted list of accomplishments and responsibilities at the company]
[Bulleted list of professional certifications]
[Presentation topic][Presentation host and year]
[Bulleted list of key topics covered, and any relevant awards and accomplishments]
Honors and Awards
[Bulleted list of honors and awards received]
[University or continued education provider][Major or course focus]
[Years of study]
Marc Rashford123 Jones Tr. Newton, NJ 07860
firstname.lastname@example.org P: (555) 123-4567
Licensed practical nurse experienced in delivering compassionate quality care for patients for more than fifteen years. Ten years of experience working in critical care. Specialize in patient relations and conveying important information in terms non-medical professionals can understand. Reliable caregiver with a reputation for going beyond expectations to make patients’ time in hospital as pleasant as possible. Management experience with strong leadership skills to get the most out of nursing staff.
• Verbal communication skills to convey information to patients and staff• Technical nursing skills to perform initial assessments• Composure to remain calm while working in an emergency room• Empathy facilitates bonding with patients to improve the quality of their care• Delegation to assign nursing staff to roles which best suit their skills
• Interpersonal skills to assess each member of the nursing staff and identify the best way to utilize their skills
Lead NurseBridgewater County Hospital
May 2014 – Present
• Consult with nurses under direct supervision on challenging patients• Interview and hire new nurses when positions on nursing staff become available• Create and maintain schedules for nursing staff
• Monitor nursing staff performance and behavior to maintain care standards and formally warn or reprimand staff as needed
Licensed Practical NurseFranklin Memorial Hospital
August 2009 – May 2014
• Assisted in surgeries in emergency room, providing critical care during procedures• Spoke with patients to discuss conditions and explain treatment plans
• Oversaw training for new hires to pass on skills and knowledge
• American Association of Critical-Care Nurses CCRN
• Family Nurse Practitioner Certification
• International Council of Nurses
• National League for Nursing
University of PennsylvaniaBachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
August 2000 – May 2004