Make Your Resume Stand Out with These Nurse Manager Resume Tips


In a previous post, we discussed general resume tips for job seekers in the senior living industry. Even for a specific director of nursing resume, unit manager resume, or RN supervisor resume, the major take-home message is the same - keep it concise, and we mean really concise. Today, we will focus on additional nurse manager resume tips.


If you aren’t using a recruiter, it’s important to keep in mind that most hiring managers look at resumes very briefly. In fact, some companies are now using applicant tracking system (ATS) software to screen resumes, meaning a resume must contain the right key words to be chosen by the application’s algorithm. This means you have to provide enough information, focusing on relevant keywords specific to your profession, to make the first cut. Here we offer specific nurse manager resume tips to keep you out of the ‘no thanks’ pile.


Think lean and mean. Your resume must be packed with relevant specifics and absolutely nothing else. Use specific examples that showcase your skills and experience, highlight areas and keywords you know will be of particular interest to the employer, and avoid wasting time and space using clichés (‘people pleaser,’ ‘out-of-the-box thinker,’ etc.). If you are drafting a director of nursing (DON) resume, unit manager resume, or RN Supervisor resume, start a draft not with your educational background and list of certifications (though you will want to include these at some point), but with a list of how you helped your current facility. What were your greatest successes? How were they measured?


Don’t be afraid to get really specific. Below are some examples of bullet points for a director of nursing resume, unit manager resume, or RN supervisor resume that would catch the eye of an employer:

  • Obtained and maintained 5 out of 5 Stars for the past 2 years
  • Deficiency-free survey for 2 years
  • Supervised a team of 56 employees
  • Achieved and maintained an average census of 98% over the past 12 months
  • Developed a fall program that dramatically reduced falls
  • Reduced readmissions to the hospital by 15%
  • Implemented a staff appreciation program

There is some speculation that resumes will soon become things of the past, but for now, they are necessary, and critical for getting face time with the right people. These nurse manager resume tips will help you get that face time. Then it’s up to you to nail the interview – and if you need some help there, we’ve got you covered.

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