PNP Resume Overview

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Resumes and Curriculum Vitae CV

According to the famous saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is true for your resume or CV as well.  Organization, content, and structure are the keys to a successful resume.  Below are some suggestions on how to develop an effective PNP resume to market your accomplishments, experiences and skills.

Building a successful PNP resume involves the following:

  • Organization: Well organized, simple font, and easy to follow
  • Content: Create ongoing lists of your skills, experience, and accomplishments
  • Structure: Order is the key including a summary, education, experience, credentials, and accomplishments

Online Resumes

Employers and job seekers alike often use the Internet to fill or find positions. You have the option of an electronic or e-resume in addition to a traditional resume. Advantages include the potential of increased exposure.  Nursing professionals have a unique skill set and language that may not be available through these resources. In creating your e-resume, follow the basic rules for building a successful resume as outlined in this guide, but place your emphasis on choosing the keywords employers look for in resumes posted online, or when scanning potential candidates’ resumes into a database. Make a listing of keywords the first item in your online resume, following your contact information. Like traditional resumes, e-resumes should be a concise, detailed account of your accomplishments, experiences and skills, but don’t be shy about listing as many keywords as you think apply. Keep the rest of the e-resume brief. If you are applying for a specific online position, individualize your e-resume to the specific position and select most applicable experiences or skills to highlight.

Most online employment websites offer forms or software programs to aid you in developing an online resume, but you may want to develop a resume document of your own that you can forward via email to potential employers. Be sure to check whether they accept attachments or want the resume placed in the body of the email.

Traditional Resumes

A resume not only documents your accomplishments, experiences and skills; it will speak for you when you cannot be there to speak for yourself.  Professionalism, clarity, and well thought out information will communicate this information most effectively.

Keep your resume updated.  When you learn new skills, receive a new certificate or educational accomplishment, start a program, have high patient satisfaction scores, or initiate or participate in a safety committee, add it to your resume.

  • Share your resume with your professional contacts including those attending chapter meetings for organizations such as National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurses (APHON), Association of Critical Care Nurses (ACCN), or Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (PCICS).
  • Keep a document on your computer called “resume updates”, and twice a year set aside time to update your resume by adding activities and outcomes that demonstrate competency, proficiency, or expert achievements.

Career tip: Your resume must attract attention, create interest, and achieve the ultimate objective – get you an interview.