To land the perfect nursing job, you have to know which skills to showcase in your resume that are relevant to the position you’re applying for. In this article, we’ll show you the top three skills employers seek in nurses and how to best showcase these skills on your resume to impress them. Lastly, we’ll explore the foundation of the nursing field, referred to as the six C’s of nursing.
Hiring managers use specific tools that make their hiring process easier and more efficient. An example of such a tool is applicant tracking system (ATS) software. ATS aids the employer’s hiring process by filtering out irrelevant resumes and applications, so nurses need to tailor their skills section of their resumes to showcase relevant keywords to describe their nursing skills and work-related experience (most of which can be pulled directly from the job description). And in their work experience section, they should cite examples from previous job duties that showcase the skills mentioned in the job description and their results.
Here are some examples of hard skills you can add to your nursing resume:
It’s also important to highlight relevant soft skills, such as:
2. Leadership skills: This is an essential soft skill needed for nursing success. Employers are looking for nurses who are strong advocates for their patients and skilled in leading teams to achieve better clinical outcomes and results.
When writing your resume, focus on how to best highlight your nursing competencies that showcase each of the 6 C’s. For example, you can showcase “Care” by highlighting your nursing technical skills that allow you to provide the best level of care to patients. Your “Compassion, Courage, and Communication” can be shown on your resume by providing examples in your job history that show you are a great patient advocate.
The working conditions and hours for nurses are usually very physically demanding. As such, nurses often work 12-hour shifts and must remain flexible in case time is needed to travel to other area hospitals or cover for other nurses in their absence.
Yes, nurses report to nurse managers. Nurse managers ensure that nursing professionals work as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The Basic Skills Test for Nurses is an online test designed to check nurses’ vital healthcare skills and literacy, numeracy, and IT skills.