Nurse Practitioner Resume Example

Learn how to write a Nurse Practitioner resume with this helpful template and guide by Leet Resumes.

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Marc Cenedella

Marc Cenedella is a nationally recognized thought leader on careers, resume writing, job search, career management and recruiting, Marc is frequently sought out by national media organizations for his expert commentary on employment, resumes, the job search and the job market.

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Last updated on September 1, 2022
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How to Get More Interviews with a Great Nurse Practitioner Resume

The most important part of what you do is the care you provide to your patients. You’re not an extension of physicians or a substitute. You hold your own place in the healthcare system and provide a listening ear, advocacy and education with the caring skills of nursing and the diagnostics of medicine.

With this unique combination of expertise, it’s difficult to succinctly communicate what these skills are, how they contribute to your patients’ success and how your professional and educational history brought you here – much less fit into a single-page resume.

Luckily, we’re here to help.

We’ve made a step-by-step guide to help you through the writing process along with a resume example specifically made for a Nurse Practitioner.

We’ll show you how to apply your attention to detail, excellent communication and methodical mind to craft a resume that gets you interviews.

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What to Include in a Nurse Practitioner Resume

There are five essential parts in your resume:

  • Professional Headline
  • Summary
  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Keywords

In this guide, we’ll cover what to include in each section and how to specialize it for your career as a Nurse Practitioner.

Before we get started, there are a few things to keep in mind when crafting your resume:

Simple is best.

It’s not about designing an eye-catching piece of paper with multiple colors, fonts and columns. Your resume is a synopsis of your career, skills, achievements and accolades. Let your work speak for itself and use the simple single-column format you see in the included resume example.

Lists are better than paragraphs.

It’s no IDC-10 system, but lists are like the shorthand of resumes. Use single words, short phrases and bullet points to make your resume easy to read and scan. This will make the recruiter’s work easier and allow them to learn and retain more information about you.

Personalized care for your resume.

You’re used to personalizing the care of each of your patients to provide them with the best solutions for their health.

Personalizing your resume for each job you apply for positions yourself as the ideal NP for each open position – it’s also the tried and true way of landing more interviews and job offers.

Consider the final product from this article to be a very thorough resume template to be customized for each potential employer. By highlighting your most relevant skills, experience and qualifications, you’ll quickly move up the ranks of ideal candidates.

With those tips out of the way, let’s get started on crafting your resume!

Name + Contact

Start with your full name at the top of the page. Choose a font that’s legible and professional then make it slightly larger than the rest of the text.

Under your name, add your contact information: phone number, email address and location. Your full mailing address isn’t necessary for the interview process, so your city and state will do.

Since most of your communications are in the EMR/EHR system, it may have been a while since you’ve shared your email for professional reasons. Make sure that your email displays the same professionalism that you apply to patient care (that means, no random hobby emails).

Professional Headline

In a recruiter’s head to toe assessment of your resume, your professional headline can either capture their attention to keep reading or quickly move your resume to the “no” pile.

To avoid the latter, construct your headline using this formula:

Flattering Adjective + Level of Experience + Official Title

This is a brief phrase to sum up your career, not a run-on sentence and certainly not a paragraph.

First is the attention-getting slightly flattering adjective that positively describes you and your caret. Something like: thorough, methodical, dedicated, passionate or patient-oriented.

Then add your level of experience and official title.

Your level of experience can be included by your educational degree or certification like DNP, MSN or APRN, or by your years practicing as a Nurse Practitioner (9+ years as Nurse Practitioner).

If you only practice in one specialty, you can include it in your headline, too (Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, etc.). If you can work in more than one specialty, just leave your educational title in the headline and specify other specialities later.

Here are some resume examples for your professional headline:

  • Methodical DNP Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Diligent APRN Nurse Practitioner

Now you try!

Professional Summary

Now that you have their attention, the summary will highlight your most important skills for the position you’re applying for.

In the resume example above, you’ll see four lines of listed words and short phrases. Here’s what to include in each:

  • Line One: list all the job titles you’d accept for your next role. This might include specializations or leadership positions. Most importantly, include the exact job title for the position you’re applying for.
  • Line Two: list the most relevant skills, technologies and certifications necessary for the targeted job (a good place to find this is in the qualifications listed in the original job listing).
  • Line Three: an optional line to include any notable career achievements.
  • Line Four: another optional line for awards and promotions you’ve received.

If you can’t think of anything to fill the last two lines, don’t worry about it. You’ll have plenty of space to impress any recruiter in the work experience section below.

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Work Experience

Your work experience shows the history of your career to a potential employer. They look at it like it’s your medical record that shows where you’ve been and where you’re going. Your job here is to get them excited about the results you bring to an organization like theirs.

First, list your previous work history in reverse chronological order.

With each entry, include your official title at that position, dates of employment, the name of your previous employer and a bullet point list of how you brought success to the patients under your care and to the clinic or organization as a whole. Here’s how:

Use Strong Success Verbs

Success verbs highlight the positive outcome of your actions before you share the details. In nursing, this might include words like advanced, advocated for, reduced, or resolved (rather than managed, established or performed).

Start every bullet point with a strong success verb to make your resume stand apart from the rest.

Add Numbers

It’s important to include as many numbers as possible in your resume. Numbers are specific and allow anyone from an HR admin to a clinic director to immediately visualize your impact in patient care.

Whether it’s the number of patients you cared for, how many specific procedures you performed (for specialized care), the average waiting time for your patients or how many clinical hours you had in each role, every metric you can find can strengthen your resume even more.

Once you feel you’ve added as many numbers as possible, go back and try to double the amount again. If you need inspiration, there’s always the resume example to help.

Include Every Promotion

Every promotion on your resume highlights your professional success to your potential employer. Rather than starting from scratch and attempting to diagnose your hireability and the effectiveness of your care, it’s like getting a referral that says “we’ve identified a professional Nurse Practitioner and were so impressed with her work that we promoted her.”

The best part is that your success is being highlighted by someone other than yourself and creating a pretty powerful argument that you’re the kind of Nurse Practitioner organizations like to keep around.

Education

Your educational background doesn’t require the same detail as your work experience.

For each degree obtained or institution attended, list the following information:

  • Educational Institution
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Degree(s) Obtained
  • Honors & Awards

Specific certifications can be included in the keywords section next. This section is designed for higher education studies.

Nurse Practitioner Keywords and Skills for a Resume

In the final section of your resume template, you’ll list the skills, attributes, and certifications that are relevant to your role as Nurse Practitioner. Here are some examples for your resume:

Soft Skills that highlight your approach to patient care and to your role as Nurse Practitioner.

  • Empathy
  • Professionalism
  • Excellent Listening Skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Detail-Oriented

Hard Skills specific to nursing and/or your specialty (procedures, methods, equipment, etc.).

  • Assessment & Monitoring
  • Intravenous Placement
  • BLS & ACLS

Certifications and Credentials as a Nurse Practitioner.

  • AANPCB-Certified
  • ANCC-Certified
  • ONCB
  • DNA
  • ABCM

Once the final resume keywords are in place, your Nurse Practitioner resume is complete! Well done.

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