Resume Advice for Clinical Nurse Specialist Jobs

When applying for clinical nurse specialist jobs, a powerful and focused resume is of the utmost importance. With all the tough competition in today's competitive job market, you need a resume that will stand out in the stack that the nurse recruiter has to go through every day. This article will provide some tips for you to put together a resume that does just that.

Heading and objective

Keep your resume compact and precise. It should be no more than one page in length, even if you have a lot of accomplishments to highlight. Distill those accomplishments into their purest and most concentrated form. Put maximum power into the words you use by using "action words" such as "managed", "created" and "trained".

Make sure the resume stands out by using a thicker and sturdier grade of paper than typical typing paper. You can easily get "resume" paper at outlets like Office Depot or Staples. Avoid using "special effects" like glitter or strange looking fonts. Bold text and different font sizes are OK in moderation. You want a crisp-looking resume that's professional looking and easily readable.

Your personal contact information should be centered at the top of the page and should include email address and cellphone number in addition to physical address and home phone number.

After the contact info should come your objective. This is a very important part of the resume. You can provide a brief "snapshot" of your experience and abilities while expressing your interest in the job. This is the strongest, most focused part of the whole resume. Your objective could read like this: "Clinical nurse specialist with five years of proven experience and a strong desire to help others seeks position utilizing clinical nursing skills".


Present more than a list of places you worked. Describe your achievements, skills and responsibilities to show what you gained from those jobs. A bullet format is a great way to provide brief but powerful glimpses of your career. Here's an example:

      2002-2008 St. Francis Hospital

  • Worked with difficult clinical pediatric cases on the night shift
  • Assisted in major trauma cases in crisis situations
  • Managed and helped train new nurses


Take the same approach with education as you did with experience. Highlight your academic achievements instead of listing schools you attended. Achievements should relate to nursing but if you had outstanding results in other areas, those can be mentioned as well. Here's a bullet list for education:

     1996-2000 Midwestern University

  • Received special commendation for 4.0 GPA in nursing classes
  • Was named outstanding student nursing volunteer
  • Minored successfully in Office Management

Other skills

Some skills may not fit easily into the previous categories but are still worth mentioning. Any sort of certification or licensing should certainly be pointed out. Other abilities like fluency in a second language, training in money handling or knowledge of technology and software can be mentioned as well. If you are an active volunteer, bring that up as well. A bullet list for "special qualifications" might look like this:

  • Certified in Advanced Life Support techniques
  • Fluent in Mandarin Chinese