12 Steps for a Great PNP Resume

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Resume Guidelines

Here are 12 steps to creating a great PNP resume. While this page may be long, it is detailed and full of tips to help pediatric nurse practitioners find a great PNP job with a professional resume.

1. Contact information: Your name, followed by your credentials, is an opportunity to make you stick.  Bold it, center it and add your credentials, it is essential that you include your credentials at the top of your PNP resume.  Do not put your name in a header on the first page, although you should make a header for all but the first page to include your name, credentials, and contact information.  Below your name include your address, telephone number(s) –make sure your cell number is included, and email address –use an email address that you will have for a long time and make sure it is professional. DO NOT include things such as age, height, weight, sex, marital status, number of children, a picture of yourself, or personal information in this section or anywhere in the resume.


2. Job objective: Note that some employment consultants suggest NOT listing an objective on your PNP resume. Instead, they suggest including this information in your cover letter, tailored to the position you are seeking. However, many job seekers do list a job objective on their resume. Your job objective briefly states the kind of work that you are pursuing. It is also the starting point for building a clear, consistent, and concise message.  Knowing and understanding your job objective is critical to writing a resume.  If you choose to include an objective, please do not state the obvious, “I want to get a job as a pediatric nurse practitioner.” Each stage of resume building involves analyzing and selecting information to sell your accomplishments, experiences, and skills.  How specific should your objectives be?  If you know exactly the job that you are after and are qualified, you can spell it out.

For example:

To obtain a position as a pediatric nurse practitioner, serving the pediatric population and their families with the greatest care and compassion, while furthering my knowledge and expertise in holistic health care practice.  I believe my determination, passion, fast learning abilities, solid work ethic and dedication would be a great asset to any health care organization.


An experienced pediatric nurse seeking a position as a pediatric nurse practitioner in a family centered environment with opportunity for continual professional growth.

As with all resume content, the objective statement should align with the job you are applying for.

3. Summary: You may want to include a summary as an opportunity to grab their attention and focus them on the attributes that are most important to you and the ones that clearly align with the job description.  This is a snapshot of experiences and skills that define your capabilities relative to the job objective.  Write the information in paragraph form or use bullets. Limit this block to six to eight items or sentences that should contain:

  • A broad statement that gives an immediate overview
  • Specific experience and skills related to the job objective
  • General background information that can help the reader understand your career

This information previews what you will detail in the rest of your PNP resume. Include information that you will support via your accomplishments, experience, or skills in the preceding information.

Skills: These are good starters for a summary. It allows you to enumerate and evaluate your skills by relating them to your work experience and accomplishments.  Skills are abilities you have, or develop, that enable you to achieve goals. You can determine the skills you use most by categorizing them as people skills, information skills, and technical skills.  As you examine your jobs and accomplishments, you will notice that you’ve used two or three skills consistently throughout your career.  Consider these skills to be your major strengths.  Examples would be leadership, education, training, communicating, listening, collaborating, attitude, interdisciplinary collaboration, flexibility, adaptability, problem-solving, seeking out new learning opportunities, compassion, and technology-EHR, IT, electronic scheduling.


4. Education: List all college and graduate school education, and additional education as well as relevant other education chronologically.  You may also want to include the title of a thesis under the degree conferred. Experienced PNPs may want to list Education after work experience.  Please see the sample resume and CV.

5. Clinical Experience: see listing above

6. Academic Experience:

State University, Acronym, City, State

Assistant Professor – College of Nursing

  • Fall 2009: August to December, 2009. Lecturer for Professional Nursing course in Baccalaureate program. Acronym Distance site: Hospital, City.
  • Fall 2008: August to December, 2008. Lecturer for Assessment and Planning Nursing Scholarship Acronym Distance site: Hospital, City.


6. Graduate Clinical Experience: New Grads

Option 1:                 


Pediatrics, City, State

Family Practice, City, State

Inpatient Medicine, City, State


Family Practice, Health Center

Internal Medicine, VA Medical Center


Option 2:                 

Pediatric Management Clinical Experience

January – August 2010

  • Capital Pediatrics & Adolescent Center – City, State
  • Southern High School Wellness Center – City, State
  • North City Pediatrics Group – City, State

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Residency                 

August – October 2010

  • Pediatric Partners – City, State


Option 3:

Roxboro Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic

  • Completed 120 clinical hours
  • Worked in a rural clinic where a variety of conditions were treated including depression, ADHD, Type II Diabetes, and others.

UNC Pediatric Endocrine Clinic

  • Completed 120 clinical hours
  • Worked at the weekly Endocrine Clinic and the Diabetes Clinic
  • Completed histories and physicals with some management for patients with Type I Diabetes, Congenital Hypothyroidism, Graves Disease, Obesity, Type II Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis related Diabetes, Short Stature, Growth Delay, Precocious Puberty and other Endocrine related conditions.

7. Certification: Are you certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) or American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)? Certification may help demonstrate why you stand out from other candidates. Learn more about the certification organizations: PNCB – go to www.pncb.org; ANCC – go to http://www.nursecredentialing.org/.  Also indicate if you have current certification in other areas, (e.g., basic or advanced cardiopulmonary life support).

8.  Awards and Honors: List all your awards and honors including place of employment, school, organizations, and many other sources.

9. Organizations and Memberships: Do you participate in NAPNAP? Other organizations? List your membership, leadership roles, dates and project title if applicable.

10. Research: For a CV you will list all your research, one format is as follows:

Date                                           Type of Grant, Grant name

#Grant number, Organization or Program Name

Foundation or Institute name $Amount

PI Name of Investigator

Your Name Funded Percent

11. Publications and Presentations: Your resume or CV is a great place to keep track of your publications and presentations.

Date            Title: Sub-title

Organization, Publication, or event

City, State


Name of Journal Name of Article.  Writers. Role such as Section Editor Name of Section.  City: Publisher.

Link to additional citation protocols: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/07/

Here is more information on PNP CV and a sample PNP CV.

12. Community Service: Listing relevant activities or community involvement that demonstrate important skills, accomplishments, commitment to health care, and character.