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Resume Tips to Help Nursing Assistants Get Noticed

Resume Tips to Help Nursing Assistants Get Noticed

Jennifer LeClaire | Monster Contributing Writer

Include Certifications and Screenings

Not all nursing assistants are certified nursing assistants, who have completed a six- to 12-week program at a community college or medical facility.

If you have this special designation or any other certifications, such as CPR, these are valuable assets to list on a resume. Likewise, if you have any letters of reference, employment awards or other documents that demonstrate exceptional work, attach them to or incorporate the information into your resume.

Also, specify your own health screenings. “You should list on your resume that you are up-to-date on tuberculosis shots and hepatitis B shots, because this is very important to a potential employer,” Sturgill says.

Highlight Other Desirable Skills

Are you bilingual? Speaking more than one language is a highly coveted skill in nursing today. Do you have experience in taking vital signs? Not every facility requires this skill, but it’s one that can help you stand out.

Advice for First-Time Nursing Assistants

What if you’ve never worked as a nursing assistant? Besides listing your stable work history, use your resume to express why you want to become one and why you believe you would be good at the job, recruiters say. For instance, your objective statement could read:

To obtain a position as a nursing assistant to fulfill my desire to help people and as a first step in pursuit of a long-term career in healthcare. Future goals include education leading to an RN license.

If you are coming right from school into nursing with no practical experience, focus on your nursing classes, Sturgill says. “Highlight each class and any clinical environment [exposure] you received during school so that it can be included as part of your skill set,” he suggests.

Even if you’ve never taken nursing classes, don’t be intimidated by nursing-assistant opportunities, Sturgill advises. Becoming a nursing assistant, he says, is a wonderful opportunity to transition from another career into nursing without investing a lot of time and money in additional education.

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