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Emergency Room Nursing Resume: The Do’s and Don’ts

Looking for your next ER travel placement? The first step in finding a new ER nursing job should be reviewing your resume. And if yours needs reviving, you’ve come to the right place! With just a few resume tips for ER travel nurses, your paperwork will be ready to help you find the best travel nurse placements and get the ER job you’re in search of. Here’s what you need to know.

You’re an ER nurse on the move to your next travel placement. You can get there fast by including the following travel RN resume tips:

  1. Your licensure, specialties and years of experience. Be specific so it’s clear to a hiring manager what you do and how long you’ve been at it. For example: Experienced Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) with 15 years of experience in ER and trauma units.
  2. Emergency rooms you’ve worked in and level of trauma. List the name of the hospital, the level of trauma you treated and the types of cases you frequently saw. For example, stroke, head injuries, car accidents, cardiac events, etc.
  3. Number of beds in your unit. List this for every hospital you’ve worked at to give a clear understanding of the number of patients you’ve had in your case load.
  4. Your education and dates of attendance. Don’t be shy; list the name of your school(s), degree(s) earned and years you attended.
  5. All professional certifications and affiliations. This helps showcase your commitment to learn more and grow in your career. For example, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), etc.

Avoid these five don’ts in your ER travel nurse resume

When looking for ER jobs for travel nurses, you can make your resume stronger by steering clear of the following:

  1. Failure to explain employment gaps. If you have employment lapses longer than four weeks, give an explanation. The best place to do this is in your cover letter.
  2. Overinflating your experience. Honesty is the best policy. Don’t be humble, but don’t go overboard, either. If you uncover skills or education you don’t have, simply make plans to learn what you need to know!
  3. Getting too specific about units. You should explain units in terms the hiring manager will understand. For example, MedSurg is acceptable; 3 West is not.
  4. Leaving out the name of your staffing agency. If you’ve worked travel nurse placements, include the name of your staffing agency in the job listing. You can also include contact information for your recruiter in your reference list.
  5. Lumping your travel work together. You should give yourself credit for each assignment you completed and what you accomplished during that experience, rather than creating a catch-all section in your resume entitled “Travel Nursing.”

Looking for your next travel nurse placement?

Check out MedPro Healthcare Staffing! You’ll get access to the best travel nurse recruiters and ER placements for travel nurses. We want every travel nurse experience to be your best yet, so we take steps to make sure it is. To learn more, give us a call at 1-800-866-8108 or apply below.