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Travel Nurse Resume Tips

Posted September 16, 2019

The tedious and daunting task of writing your travel nurse resume; where to start? It’s hard enough to DO your job every day, much less be able to write about it and accurately portray all the different hats you wear throughout the day. Behold – a comprehensive guide to perfecting your nursing resume! We’ve highlighted the most important parts of your resume.  We’ll walk you through what agencies are looking for in an ideal travel nurse resume.

Less is more

It’s important to remember that agency nursing is much different than staff nursing. Even down to the format of your travel nurse resume. While hospitals want a play-by-play of the different procedures, cases and skills performed, that isn’t necessary for an agency resume. Your resume ultimately is the foundation for creating the rest of your profile, so only the basics are necessary.

You know the old saying of “less is more”—I think those people were agency recruiters. 🙂  The information needed from your resume is going to be pretty standard from agency to agency, so keeping this updated will make the application process much easier.

The most important information to include in your resume is:

  • Education
    • Dates attended
    • Degree earned
  • Current licenses that you hold
  • Current certifications
  • Work history
    • Name of facility
    • Position held
    • Dates of employment

Travel Nurse Profile

As an agency we don’t require all the “fluff” that you may see in other resumes. We require different documents and details to complete your nurse profile.  This profile is used to submit over to facilities that you are interested in working at. In order to complete your profile, we will need the following information:

  • Skills checklist
    • Goes through the specific skills you’ve performed in your specialty
    • Summary of how confident you feel with those skills as well as how frequently you’re currently doing them
    • Two references to validate your skill set and clinical competencies
    • Your recruiter will add the rest of the information that isn’t on the initial application including…
      • Bed sizes of facilities
      • Trauma or teaching facility
      • Any additional awards you’ve received

Travel Nurse Resume Example

Ease into your next assignment

All in all, when crafting your agency resume, keep it simple and stick to the basics. By doing so, you’ll be able to whiz through any agency application process with ease.  Spend less time trying to think of your work history and more time exploring your new travel assignment options!


“Oh the places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss

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