January 13, 2020  |  Purdue University Global

Perhaps you’re newly out of school and looking for your first job. Or, maybe you’re a seasoned nurse with an advanced degree who’s ready to expand your career. If you’re applying for a nursing position, your potential employer will want to see a resume or CV (curriculum vitae—Latin for “course of life”).

This article examines the difference between a nursing CV and a nursing resume and how to create these important documents.

What’s the Difference Between a Nursing Resume and a Nursing CV?
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A resume is a brief overview of your experience and education. “A nursing resume shouldn't be longer than two pages, whereas a CV is much more in-depth,” says Angela Owens, academic department chair for systems programs at Purdue University Global.

According to Owens, a nursing resume should contain details of your:

  • Education
  • Experience
  • Special skills
  • Certifications
  • Awards and other achievements
  • Affiliations with professional organizations and/or volunteer and community organizations
  • Presentations you may have completed and papers/articles that you've authored

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Which one should you have—a resume or a CV?

“Nurses should have both,” Owens says. “Depending on the position, you may be asked to include a resume and a CV.”

If the recruiter or job description doesn’t specify which one to send, use the following guidelines.

When Should You Use a Resume and When Should You Use a CV?
A curriculum vitae paper on a desk

For entry-level nursing jobs, send a resume.

“They are simply looking for your educational background, work experience, and any special skills you've gained in clinical,” Owens says.

For nurse educator positions and positions in higher education, send a CV.

How to Create a Nursing Resume (With Example)

Your nursing resume should be one to two pages and should feature:

  • Contact information (name; city, state, and ZIP code; telephone; email; and LinkedIn profile link, if available)
  • Licenses
  • A summary of your experience and the skills you can bring to the role, written specifically for a job posting (3–5 sentences; avoid personal pronouns such as I, me, and my)
  • Education (degrees, awarding institutions, and dates)
  • Professional experience (limit to the past 10 years, unless your past work directly applies to the position you seek)
  • Clinical experience (highlight your clinical skills if this is your first nursing job)
  • Volunteer work (optional)

By necessity, new nurses will have a short resume, unless they are second-career nurses. “If you have a previous degree and career in another area, and there's value to highlighting that previous career, I would recommend you use a CV,” Owens says.

Example of a Nursing Resume

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How to Create a Nursing CV (With Example)

There's no cap on how long your CV should be. It should be as many pages as you need to give a comprehensive overview of your education and experience.

A nursing CV should feature:

  • Contact information (name; city, state, and ZIP code; telephone; email; and LinkedIn profile link, if available)
  • Education (degree(s), awarding institutions, and dates)
  • Dissertation or thesis title(s), names of advisor and committee members (if applicable)
  • Awards/grants
  • Academic appointments
  • Hospital affiliated appointments (if applicable)
  • Publications and conference presentations
  • Teaching experience and interests
  • Related experience (for example, administrative or editorial experience)
  • Languages or other skills (including technology)
  • Extracurricular activities/community service
  • Service and membership in professional associations
  • Certifications

Example of a Nursing CV

A thumbnail image of a nursing CV
View a sample nursing CV
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