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Seven Key Phrases to Incorporate Into Your Travel RN Resume

New CareerYour travel nurse resume is a very important document—and it’s critical you take time crafting it. Within your resume, you’ll explain to nursing employment agencies what makes you the best choice for the job. Include key details that will catch the attention of recruiters and nurse managers, not to mention applicant tracking systems. Today’s hiring software is used to scan travel nursing resumes for keywords and phrases so be sure yours passes this step!

Check out our top seven resume details to help your RN travel nurse resume shine brighter than the competition.

What to include in your travel nurse resume

  1. Electronic Health Record (EHR)/Electronic Medical Record (EMR) experience. Since medical records have recently changed to this format, experience with EHR or EMR is a commonly requested skill.
  2. ICD-10 billing code experience. Highlight your experience with the new ICD-10 billing codes, if possible. If you are more familiar with the older ICD-9 codes, list this experience as well.
  3. Facility and unit types. It’s important to include very specific information about the types of facilities you’ve worked in, and the units within those facilities. For example, did you work in short- or long-term acute care, a trauma hospital or a skilled nursing facility? And within the facilities where you worked, did you gain experience in an MS, TELE or ICU unit? The more specifics you can give, the better.
  4. Nurse-to-patient ratio. Another detail hiring managers will be looking for is how many patients you are able to manage. Your nurse-to-patient ratio is a key detail to include in your resume.
  5. Number of beds. Be sure to list how large your past facilities were based on bed count.
  6. License and certification specifics. It’s critical to include the following details about your nursing licenses: type (e.g., LPN, RN, etc.), licensing state or body, expiration date, and whether a license is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact. For each certification, include the name of the certification (e.g., ACLS, PALS, etc.), body that has issued the certificate (e.g., AHA), and expiration date of the certification.
  7. Education specifics. Include the name and location of the school where you earned your degree, the level of degree, when you started school, and your graduation date.

What to avoid in your travel nurse resume

  1. A generic resume. Since every travel nurse placement is different, tailor your resume to each job you apply to.
  2. Employment gaps. If you have time lapses between nursing positions, explain them. Check out our previous post for tips on addressing resume employment gaps.
  3. Skipping a skills list. You have no doubt obtained plenty of on-the-job nursing skills during your career. A good strategy is to include a list of key skills at the end of your resume. This can include types of patients you’ve worked with, procedures and equipment you’re familiar with.
  4. Forgetting your cover letter. Your resume gives the facts from your past nursing experience, but your cover letter explains why you want to job and why you’re a good fit. (You can get help writing a winning cover letter from our past blog post.)
  5. Not including keywords. Recruiters and nurse managers may rely on automated software to scan your resume so including keywords is important. You can find keywords by looking through postings for similar positions on job sites such as or
  6. Not promoting yourself. Being humble will not show a hiring manager why you’re the best. List all your skills and accomplishments as they apply to your travel nursing career, and don’t hold back.
  7. Grammar and spelling errors. Review, review and review some more! Read your resume forwards and backwards, and don’t rely on your computer’s spell and grammar check functions to catch everything—some errors may fly under the radar.

Final resume steps

Once it’s written, evaluate your resume (read our 10-Minute Guide to Auditing Your Resume blog post for great tips!), and ask friends, relatives or colleagues to review for input or suggestions.

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