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  • 20 July 2018
  • 2 min read

Build your nurse CV - step by step guide

  • Matt Farrah
    Nurses.co.uk Co-Founder

Here's a quick outline guide to creating your nursing CV. Keep it brief and focus on your specialised skills and responsibilities.

Here's how a nursing CV should start

Your CV is going to be read by someone who doesn't have much time and who has seen hundreds, even thousands of CVs from nurses.

With our help, you'll be able to create a CV that will be refreshingly easy to take in, clearly laid out, and with all the important information they need to know about you.

A good cover letter can make or break your nursing application, too - the blog post linked will be incredibly useful when working on your cover letter, which should accompany the amazing CV your going to write once you've read this blog!

In truth, there's actually nothing complicated about CV writing. These are the important elements:

- Contact details

- NMC registration and PIN

- Core skills

- Employment history

- Education

- Good English

- Use lots of white space

- Keep things brief (3 sides is ample)

- Save as a Word document or PDF

- Keep it updated

Contact details

Put your full contact details clearly at the top of your CV. Remember ALL your details too (phone, address AND email).

Sounds simple, but some CVs don't put phone or email.

Core skills

By planning your CV carefully you'll increase your chances of being found by a nursing recruiter who's using a CV search. The best way to improve your chances of being found is to think carefully about the words that most accurately describe you.

Use the language of your profession. Nursing is a highly specialised job. So use the words that best explain those specialised skills. This is what an employer needs to see.

For example:

“Currently employed as a Registered Mental Nurse by the NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey. My duties are working with patients in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). I've got 6 years experience of PICU, and my responsibilities include administering medication, restraint, checks and liaising with the rest of the health team including the consultant and psychiatric therapist. I manage the ward including the rota and staff numbers.”

Work experience

There's only one way to convey your employment record and that's in reverse chronology (current job first, your first ever job at the end of the list).

All you need to do is briefly describe your duties and responsibilities.

Again, use the words that you use at work to describe the activities you do.

For example, again using an RMN as a guide, it might be something like this:

“Currently employed as a Band 6 Registered Mental Nurse by the NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey. My duties are working with patients in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). I've got 6 years experience of PICU, and my responsibilities include administering medication, restraint, checks and liaising with the rest of the health team including the consultant and psychiatric therapist. I manage the ward including the rota and staff numbers.”

Example CV

Below is a good example CV that we would recommend you follow.

Build Your CV with our interactive CV builder. Join Nurses.co.uk to start!

Another blog I've written about how to stand out amongst other nursing candidates will also be helpful on the CV and job hunting front - check it out here!

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About the author

  • Matt Farrah
    Nurses.co.uk Co-Founder

I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded Nurses.co.uk in 2008. I’m interested in providing a platform that gives a voice to nurses and those working in care and nursing. I'm fascinated by the career choices we make. In the case of those working in care I've discovered that there's a positive, life-affirming common theme: they do it for love not money.

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About the author

  • Matt Farrah
    Nurses.co.uk Co-Founder

I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded Nurses.co.uk in 2008. I’m interested in providing a platform that gives a voice to nurses and those working in care and nursing. I'm fascinated by the career choices we make. In the case of those working in care I've discovered that there's a positive, life-affirming common theme: they do it for love not money.