Each student will submit a copy of his or her resume and cover letter to the assignment area in BrightSpace. The goal of this assignment is to allow the student to begin preparing for their professional nursing career. Grading will focus on the student’s ability to professionally present themselves. Please utilize career services for assistance. Gear your resume and cover letter toward the specialty that interests you. See Appendix C and D for Grading Rubric.
SAMPLE BSN RESUME Student Development & Career Services
1431 N. Claremont Ave. ● Chicago, IL 60622 ● 773-252-5133 ● [email protected]
400+ hours of high-involvement clinical experiences as a student nurse in various settings
Experience in accurately charting patient records via Electronic Medical Records (EMR) such as EPIC
Trained to properly adhere to HIPAA protocol
Organized and able to efficiently triage and manage multiple tasks as assigned
Fluent in Tagalog and proven effectiveness in caring for diverse populations
Exemplary clinical and academic performance recognized by faculty and preceptors
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Resurrection University, Chicago, IL, Anticipated Graduation, Dec. 2019
Dean’s List, Fall 2018
Associate of Applied Science, City Colleges, Chicago, IL, May 2017
LICENSE & CERTIFICATION
NCLEX/RN Licensure, Expected Jan. 2020
Certified Nurse Assistant, Current
American Heart Association Basic Life Support, Current
STUDENT NURSE EXPERIENCE
2018 – Present
Medical-Surgical, Sacred Heart Hospital, Chicago, IL│ ER and Pediatrics, County General Hospital,
Chicago, IL │ Community Nursing, Cook County Health Department, Chicago, IL │ Telemetry, Mercy
West Medical Center, Des Plaines, IL
Implemented treatment plans and patient care and gained experience in multi-tasking in a heavily utilized
Reviewed charts and physician orders; analyzed rhythm strips and lab values
Cared for patient with ventilator and assisted with caring for patients with appendicitis and RSV
Triaged ER patients and provided comfort to family members of severely ill and recently deceased patients
Performed chest compressions during a code; collaborated with medical team to ensure patient’s stability
Educated grade-school age patients about at-risk behaviors
Achieved care objectives through communication with patients and families; Drew blood and placed heart
monitors on patients
Executive Assistant, Acme Corporation, Chicago, IL, 2014-2018
Managed fast-paced corporate office utilizing results-oriented organizational and interpersonal skills
Community Nurse Volunteer, Cook County Health Department, Chicago, IL 2017-Present
Child Life Volunteer, Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital Loyola, Maywood, IL 2016
AWARDS, MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
Resurrection University Student Nurse Association, Resurrection University, Chicago, IL 2018-19
Snow, J. (2018, January). The impact of staff morale on patient satisfaction. Poster session presented at System
Research Day, Resurrection University, Chicago, IL.
Commented [EW1]: Used a header that stands out.
Commented [EW2]: Used a Qualification Summary that
highlights unique skills and special qualifications, rather
than an objective.
Commented [EW3]: Used a bulleted list of
Commented [EW4]: Included Education toward the top
of the resume and honors
Commented [EW5]: Included CURRENT and relevant
Commented [EW6]: Included dates.
Commented [EW7]: Used proper hospital/organization
Commented [EW8]: Stated unit NOT course name
Commented [EW9]: Included location (City, State)
Commented [EW10]: Used action words throughout.
Commented [EW11]: Stated student clinical experience
Commented [EW12]: Stated additional professional
Commented [EW13]: Stated extra-curricular
Commented [EW14]: Included research.
Commented [EW15]: If needs to add a second page, it
will be a FULL page, NOT a partial page.
When using a second page, use header and footer section
to insert a second page header that includes page #, last
name, and one form of contact.
Overall professional and relevant. Consistent formatting.
Good use of space. No misspellings. Did not state
references available upon request. DID NOT USE TABLE
NURSING SAMPLE COVER LETTER Student Development & Career Services
Sample Cover Letter
1431 N. Claremont Ave. ● Chicago, IL 60622 ● 773-252-5133 ● [email protected]
April 30, 2019
Dear Mr. Employer,
I am writing to express my interest in the Staff Nurse I position in Community
Health at Xavier Community Services. My clinical experience in a variety of settings
and my Bachelor of Science in Nursing make me an excellent candidate for your
Through my education at Resurrection University, I have been taught to focus on
various aspects of individual healthcare, including patient care, monitoring disease
progression, dispensing medication, and administering assessments. I became
enthusiastic about working in Community Health during my clinical rotation, where
I was able to see how nursing could integrate both technical and nurturing skills in
order to effectively treat patients.
Even after my rotation, I continued working with this population during my role
transition as a senior student nurse. I spent forty hours a week practicing
foundational nursing skills and techniques, such as prioritization of care and
communication, as well as compassion for patients and their families.
Through these experiences, I have learned to be a present listener who is patient,
empathetic, cooperative, nurturing and able to communicate effectively with
patients and peers as well as other healthcare professionals.
I am interested in this position, not only because I want to work in this setting, but
because I know I would make a great addition to Xavier Community Services. I
would be honored to have the opportunity to become a part of your team and
contribute my skills to your organization and patients. You may feel free to contact
me at [email protected] or by phone at (773) 252.5133. Thank you for
your consideration and time in reviewing my application.
Sample Cover Letter
Commented [WE1]: Header format should be consistent
with your resume.
Commented [WE2]: Use business format including date,
specific addressee, and block paragraphs. Do not use bullet
points in cover letters.
Commented [WE3]: State specific addressee in salutation,
even if it means researching who will be reviewing the job
Commented [WE4]: State the position for which you are
applying. It is also beneficial to state any associated
requisition or job numbers, and where you saw the job
Commented [WE5]: Be specific in discussing experience,
degree and what makes you a good candidate. Include
relevant skills learned in school and what attracts you to the
position, experiences and goals.
Commented [WE6]: State how these experiences are
relevant to the position to which you are seeking and what
attracts you to the position.
Commented [WE7]: Elaborate on experiences and goals.
Commented [WE8]: Reiterate your interests, again being
specific. Be sure to thank them for their consideration and
time in reviewing your application. Add a closing statement,
such as you look forward to hearing from them and provide
TONY STARK, BSN, RN
3 Erie Court / Oak Park, IL 60302 / 773-800-0000/ [email protected]
Obtain employment to further career in the nursing field
Resurrection University, BSN
Chicago, IL-December 2019
Triton College, AD
Chicago IL-May 2017
December 2018– Present
I provide exemplary customer service in a fast-paced restaurant,
take orders, deliver food and drinks to tables, stocking and
performing opening and closing procedures.
Experience Community Nursing, Catholic Charities
Gerontology, Evanston, IL |
Pediatrics, Lurie’s Children Hospital,
Obstetrics, Reserrection, Chicago, IL
Surgical, Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, IL
I completed my 180 hours of role transition at Resurrection Medical
Center’s Cancer Treatment Center
Reviewed charts and orders; took vitals
Performed therapeutic communication
I supervised over 30 employees in a high volume store. Oversaw
product knowledge, performed opening and closing procedures,
placed orders and supervised the merchandise floor. Conducted
interviews and store meetings. I provided “first class” customer
service and product training. Gave constructive feedback and
always put people first
References available upon request
Commented [EW1]: Do not add BSN until after
graduation and RN until licensed
Commented [EW2]: Use a professional email address
Commented [EW3]: A Summary of Qualifications is better
to highlight skills
Commented [EW4]: Inconsistent heading. This is a
different font and size, and is the only heading not in all
Commented [EW5]: Inconsistent format. This is the only
heading with a colon
Commented [EW6]: Include CNA, ACLS, BLS, CPR or any
Commented [EW7]: Don’t use personal pronouns. Begin
each statement with an action word.
Commented [EW8]: Separate clinical experience from
Clinical experience should be listed more prominently than
non-healthcare related work experience.
Commented [EW9]: Use unit names not course names
Commented [EW10]: Include city, ST for all
Commented [EW11]: Add facility name
Commented [EW12]: Use complete and proper facility
name for all
Commented [EW13]: Provide dates for all
Commented [EW14]: Inconsistent font
Commented [EW15]: Should separate statements with
Commented [EW16]: Do you have any nursing related
memberships, volunteer work, awards, research, or
Commented [EW17]: Unnecessary. Instead have a
reference page or letters of recommendation ready for
interviews or online applications.
Commented [EW18]: Too much white space throughout
Commented [EW19]: Do not use templates and tables.
They usually do not transfer well in electronic submission.
Interested in research topics about Hydrocephalus and autism spectrum disorder. Possess excellent time management skills. Bilingual: speaks French fluently and English. Proficient in Microsoft Office.
The Nirvana Institute
· Certified Nurse Assistant September 2017
· 40 hours of practicum at Aperion Care International
· CPR and AED certified: August 2020-August 2022
Oakpoint University, Chicago, IL
Bachelor in science of nursing/ Anticipated graduation date 04/22/2022
Kennedy-king College, Chicago, IL
Associate in Science / 3.78 GPA
Honors college Scholar
AWARDS From Biological Science Department in Kennedy-King College:
· HUMAN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION I (April 2019)
· Biology 121 (April 2019)
· Listen to gospel music
· Love fitness and nutrition
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