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RN (Registered Nurse) CV—Sample and 25+ Writing Tips

Want to help people get better, stat? With this RN CV sample, you will be in scrubs before you have time to check your pulse.

Dave Rygielski
Dave Rygielski
Career Expert
RN (Registered Nurse) CV—Sample and 25+ Writing Tips

Healing is a process. Often, a long and painful process. Registered nurses bring their care, grace and knowledge to make that process as fast and easy as possible.

They are the frontline against disease, injury, and neglect.

This registered nurse CV will get you to the ward faster than you can perform a blood draw.

In this guide:

  • A sterile and effective RN CV sample.
  • They key to writing piercing registered nurse CV objectives.
  • How to write your registered nurse job description better than most.

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RN CV Sample You Can Copy and Use

Tim Crawford

Registered Nurse

Personal Info

25 Old Town Road

Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 312-009-8120

E-mail: timcrawford@gmail.com

Objective

Licenced RN with 4+ years of experience of sustaining 99% patient satisfaction at General Hospital. Provided daily care in a 25-bed oncological unit with not a day missed. Commended for 100% accuracy in documentation. In the past year, have been shadowed by two student nurses, who went on to get licenced as RNs. Seeking to provide world-class care in the intensive care unit at Greentree Hospital.

Experience

Registered Nurse

General Hospital

2016-present

  • Responsible daily for 12 patients in a 25-bed oncological unit, including monitoring their vitals, treatments, long term health plans, as well as providing company, empathy and consultation. 
  • Maintained 99% patient satisfaction.
  • Commended on three occasions after families contacted superiors to express their gratitude for my work.
  • Maintaining 100% accuracy in documentation.
  • Took part in the training of two student nurses.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Santa Clara University

2012–2016

Certifications and Licensure

  • Registered Nurse, California Board of Nursing
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician Certification (National Healthcareer Association)
  • First Aid, CPR, Basic Life support — American Red Cross

Languages

  • Conversational Spanish

Skills

  • Compassion and Empathy
  • Patient Assessment
  • Wound Dressing
  • Oncological Care
  • Microsoft Office 

This RN CV doesn’t waste time in setting out exactly what Tim will bring to the ward.

Now here’s how to write a 120/80 RN CV:

1. Sterilise The RN CV Format

Organisation and tidiness must be part of the core skill set of any RN. That needs to shine through not only your words, but also the format of your RN CV. 

Here’s the definitive guide to formatting your CV:

Registered Nurse CV Format

Now, get your gloves on.

2. Write Registered Nurse CV Objective or Summary 

How to start a CV the right way? Write a CV profile that summarises your best achievements and put it just below your contact information.

Think of your CV profile as the patient status. What is the most vital information? Focus on backing up your experience with numbers. Don’t rattle off the list of your responsibilities, we know what RNs do. Focus on the impact you can make on your new ward.

Here’s how to write a striking CV summary.

RN CV Summary—Example

Good Example
Licenced RN with 4+ years of experience of sustaining 99% patient satisfaction at General Hospital. Provided daily care in a 25-bed oncological unit with not a day missed. Commended for 100% accuracy in documentation. In the past year, have been shadowed by two student nurses, who went on to get licenced as RNs. Seeking to provide world-class care in the intensive care unit at Greentree Hospital.
Bad Example
Experienced RN—reliable, organised, with great attention to detail. Responsible for providing treatments, monitoring vitals, and maintaining a sterile environment. Skilled at being compassionate and empathetic towards patients. Looking to join the team at Greentree Hospital.

See the difference?

The difference in the blood pressure of the nursing manager. The bad example provides no information about what you can do for your new employer, it just lists tasks that you do, which everyone knows.

What if you haven’t worked as a RN before, and have no experience?

Write a striking career objective that focuses on experience that is similar in type or nature, for example, volunteering or client-facing roles.

Entry-Level Registered Nurse CV Objective

Good Example
Enthusiastic BS Nursing graduate from Santa Clara University with a 4.0 GPA. Dean’s List student. 500+ hours of volunteering experience at the Golden Leaves Retirement community, with experience in several part-time client-facing roles. I am eager to channel my people skills and nursing knowledge to satisfy the patients at Green Tree Hospital.
Bad Example
Recent graduate from Santa Clara University with strong communication and teamwork skills. Looking to effectively fill nursing position at Green Tree Hospital.

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3. Write a Heart-Stopping Job Description and Skills Section

This is arguably the most vital part of your registered nurse CV. It is easy to fall into the trap of rattling off a list of your responsibilities, which are obvious and commonly known. Instead, try to put a number on the amount and extent of things you handle.

That’s the best way to list work experience on a CV.

To write a heart-stopping RN job description:

  1. Choose the right CV skills. You can find them in the job ad, they will probably use Applicant Tracking Software to look for that keyword.
  2. Use those skills as your CV keywords.
  3. Provide metrics: “Responsible for 25 beds”, “Maintained 100% patient satisfaction”, etc. 

The first of these RN CV samples is 120/80:

Registered Nurse Job Description for CV [Sample]

Good Example

Experience

Registered Nurse

General Hospital

2016-present

  • Responsible daily for 12 patients in a 25-bed oncological unit, including monitoring their vitals, treatments, long term health plans, as well as providing company, empathy and consultation. 
  • Maintained 99% patient satisfaction.
  • Commended on three occasions after families contacted superiors to express their gratitude for my work.
  • Maintaining 100% accuracy in documentation.
  • Took part in the training of two student nurses.
Bad Example
  • Daily nursing of cancer patients including monitoring, recording symptoms, administering and preparing for treatment, diagnostic testing, and maintaining records.
  • Trained other student nurses.
  • Always try to radiate empathy and positivity to patients.

What to do if you really don’t have the experience? Well, you were a student nurse, so you sure have some. Focus on those, and try to quantify them—this is something most entry-level nurses won’t think to do.

You could use a skills section to supplement this.

Use these RN CV skills to start:

Registered Nurse CV Skills

Soft Skills

  • Adaptability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Compassion
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Decision Making 
  • Dedication
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Patience
  • Patient Assessment
  • Problem Solving
  • Stress Management
  • Technical Skills
  • Time Management

Hard Skills

  • Administering and Monitoring Medications
  • Perform and Evaluate Diagnostic Tests
  • Safe Patient Transfers
  • Wound Care
  • Taking Vital Signs

4. Up Their Pulse with Your Education Section

Your education section is going to be pretty standard. Everyone gets a similar degree, and has to go on to get licenced anyway. Keep it concise. If you are really scarce on work experience, beef up your RN CV with a relevant coursework or achievements section.

This RN CV sample passes the diagnostics:

Registered Nurse CV Example—Education

Good Example

Education

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Santa Clara University

2015–2019

  • 3.9 GPA, Dean’s List student
  • Volunteering in Retirement Home as part of Giving Back to the Community Scheme

Expert Hint: The American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC) has published guidelines on displaying your credentials in the proper order: highest degree, licensure, state designations, national certifications, awards and honours, other recognitions. Structure your extra CV sections this way.

5. Dose Your RN CV With Some Added Sections

A registered nurse CV differs from others in that it must have added sections, since unless you are licenced and certified, you cannot practise this profession. See the expert tip above for exact guidelines on listing those. 

When you’re done, you can try adding a few “other” sections.

Choose from:

This RN CV sample shows how:

Registered Nurse CV Example—Extra Sections

Good Example

Certifications and Licensure

  • Registered Nurse, California Board of Nursing
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician Certification (National Healthcareer Association)
  • First Aid, CPR, Basic Life support — American Red Cross

Languages

  • Conversational Spanish

Skills

  • Compassion and Empathy
  • Patient Assessment
  • Wound Dressing
  • Oncological Care
  • Microsoft Office 
Bad Example

Additional Activities

  • Fully licenced
  • CPT, First Aid, CPR, BLS
  • Spanish
  • Walk the dog 2x, jog 2x week for fitness.

Remember, the licence goes first.

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Key Points

Here’s how to make sure your RN CV gets checked in for observation: 

  • Sterilise the CV format—margins, fonts, 1 page, reverse chronological.
  • Start building from ResumeLab’s RN CV sample. 
  • Quantify the impact and achievements, instead of just listing responsibilities. 
  • Limit the length of the education section, as everyone’s will be similar anyway.
  • Write a cover letter.

Did you find our RN CV examples helpful? Did we help you get your private RN CV right? Leave a comment. We’ll be happy to reply.

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Dave Rygielski
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Dave is a career expert delivering a wide range of well-researched advice regarding the job hunting and application process. At ResumeLab, his data-driven resume and cover letter guides help readers capitalize on their potential.

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