Ensure your CV format is structured to best highlight your unique experience and life situation.

Nursing CV template (text format)

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Registered adult nurse with 4+ years’ experience providing comprehensive care for patients in general practice surgery and National Health Service settings. Successfully advocate on behalf of patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds to ensure inclusive healthcare, and self-study to stay current with NHS Plan standards. Eager to continue following a passion for patient care as a Senior Adult Nurse at North Leeds Medical Practice.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Senior Adult Nurse
Royal Free Hospital NHS, London | December 2022–Present

  • Train and supervise 4+ clinical and nursing associates annually, ensuring adherence to the NMC code of professional conduct
  • Advocate to doctors and GP administrators to ensure all patients receive equal access to full medical assistance
  • Coordinate with doctors, nurse practitioners, and other RNs to design and deliver customised patient care plans
  • Draw and test blood samples, perform urinalysis, and administer drugs through injection, oral, topical, and intravenous methods

Adult Nurse
Parkside Surgery, Leeds | June 2019–November 2022

  • Cared for 20+ patients ranging from 18 to 100+ years old per shift, delivering attentive support from admittance to discharge
  • Assessed patients by checking their pulse, measuring their blood pressure, taking their temperature, and recording their height & weight
  • Educated patients regarding proper hygiene, health & fitness, and dietary practices for preventing illnesses, providing pamphlets and online resources as needed
  • Recorded patient medical histories and maintained comprehensive physical and healthcare software documentation
  • Visited homebound patients, administering medicine, cleaning wounds, and generally assessing their medical condition
  • Recognised for maintaining calm, empathetic demeanour during emergency procedures
  • Encourage patients to get COVID-19 vaccinations, contributing to Greater London’s 80%+ fully vaccinated and boosted

EDUCATION

University of Essex, Essex (2015–2019)
BSc (Hons) Nursing, upper second-class honours (2:1)

Relevant Modules: Welfare, Wellbeing and Health, Relationship Based Practice, Supervising Learning in Clinical Practice, The Autonomous Practitioner – Adult Nursing

City of London School, London (2008–2015)

A-levels: Maths (A), English (A), Human Biology (A)
GCSEs: 10 A*–C including Maths, English, and Human Biology

KEY SKILLS

  • Medical software, including telehealth devices and systems
  • Microsoft Office & Google Drive
  • Fluent French speaker
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Conflict resolution

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

  • Dedicated yoga practitioner
  • Amateur singer
  • Passionate volunteer at care homes
  • Avid reader of fiction and non-fiction books and magazines
  • Regular contributor to nursing blogs

How to write a nursing CV

Before you begin writing, make sure you know how to write a CV in a way that best emphasises your strengths.

If you’re applying for a nursing job in the UK in 2024, you’ll have plenty of options because of ongoing nursing shortages. But you still need to write an effective CV to land the specific position you want.

Remember to also write a nursing cover letter that introduces your nurse CV.

To find a good nursing job in a hospital, specialist clinic, or GP’s surgery, give your nursing CV the same detailed care you give your patients. Here’s how:

1. Use professional nursing CV formatting

To present your qualifications professionally, use a simple CV design that’s well-organised and free of distracting graphics. Your CV should be two full pages and include sections for your:

How you order your CV sections depends on your level of experience. For example, if you’re applying for a nursing assistant apprenticeship programme and don’t have any medical work history, write a skills-based CV that prioritises your education and skills sections.

Writing your first CV as a student can be difficult. Find CV examples for students online and read them to get an idea of what information to include on yours. Also, you can use a CV maker that helps you write and format your CV.

But if you do have relevant nursing experience, place it on the first page of your CV. Even if you’re a newly qualified nurse, you can list your placements in your work history section above your education and skills sections to show the employer that you’ve got hands-on nursing experience you can apply in a new role.

2. Write an attention-grabbing personal statement

Including skills from the job advert on your CV is essential, but where you include them is equally important. Instead of hiding your most relevant selling points near the bottom of your CV, highlight them in a 2–4 sentence or bullet-point personal statement under your name and contact details.

Placing the information that makes you stand out at the top of your CV encourages the recruiter to read your complete application. An attention-grabbing personal statement:

•  starts with your nursing specialism and years of experience

•  includes nurse skills–related keywords from the job advert

•  states your target nursing position so employers know which of their open jobs you want

Here’s an example of a well-written nursing CV personal statement:

Registered adult nurse with 4+ years’ experience providing comprehensive care for patients in general practice surgery and National Health Service settings. Successfully advocate on behalf of patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds to ensure inclusive healthcare, and self-study to stay current with NHS Plan standards. Eager to continue following a passion for patient care as a Senior Adult Nurse at North Leeds Medical Practice.

3. Emphasise your nursing experience with data

You’re not the only applicant who has professional nursing experience. So differentiate and showcase your skills by including hard numbers and specific examples whenever possible.

Here are two examples of good CV work experience bullet points quantified with data:

Nurse CV skills with quantified examples

  • Reduced the number of patient calls from 65+ to 30 per day by educating patients on appropriate call procedures
  • Aided senior nurses with administering medication and carrying out daily procedures with a 100% accuracy rate, while maintaining a clean and hygienic patient environment

Adding examples and data makes your skills more engaging to read, and they show employers how you can help them reach their health care goals.

Use exact numbers on your CV if you’re listing the:
  • number of patients you treated
  • amount of time you saved on a procedure or task
  • percentages related to your daily duties
  • type of medical procedures you performed
  • satisfaction rating in patient surveys
  • error rate in patient record-keeping
  • number of interdisciplinary team meetings you participated in
  • resulting improvements in patient outcomes and staff satisfaction

4. Highlight your nursing qualifications

Employers need to verify that you have the education required to work for them as a nurse. So make your nursing qualifications easy to find by putting them in an education section that includes your:

  • nursing degree title and the name and location of the university you got it from
  • any modules relevant to the job you’re applying for
  • secondary school name and location
  • A-Levels and GCSEs

And this is what a well-structured nurse CV education section looks like:

A nursing CV education section with bold and italic headers. It's written in black text on a white background.
A good nurse CV includes a well-formatted education section.

5. Make your most relevant nursing skills stand out

As a nurse, you carefully read patients’ vital signs to identify symptoms. Apply that ability to assessing job adverts for the nursing hard skills and soft skills that the employer is seeking.

Hard skills are technical abilities that you learn through training, like phlebotomy skills. Your soft skills — such as attention to detail — are natural parts of your personality.

Below are examples of common hard and soft skills that recruiters look for in nursing applicants:

Essential hard skills for your nursing CV
  • Medical equipment & procedures: Knowing how to accurately and confidently administer injections, insert IVs, and read vital signs is critical to providing safe and effective patient care.
  • Clinical documentation: List your ability to document patient details, including keeping accurate medical records, writing reports, and communicating with other health care professionals.
  • Experience with hospital software: Being comfortable with using telecare systems, health information systems (HIS), and electronic medical records (EMRs) shows employers you can quickly adapt to new workplaces and can keep medical records up to date.
  • Stamina: Nursing can be a physically demanding job, so list your ability to work long hours and perform physically demanding tasks when necessary.
  • Language skills: Nursing is a diverse field, and being able to communicate effectively with patients in their preferred language can help build trust and ensure that patients are receiving the best possible care.
  • Maths proficiency: Maths is an important aspect of nursing, particularly when it comes to calculating medication dosages and interpreting lab results, so list examples of times you performed these calculations accurately.
Key nursing CV soft skills in the UK
  • Patient advocacy: Advocacy is an important aspect of nursing. Examples of patient advocacy involve having empathy, speaking up on behalf of patients who can’t advocate for themselves, ensuring patients are receiving appropriate care, and providing emotional support to them and their families.
  • Interpersonal skills: Nursing is a team-based profession, so prove you can work well with colleagues, patients, and their families by listing times you collaborated with other staff or dealt with patients in positive ways.
  • Ability to work under pressure: Knowing how to be calm in stressful situations is a highly sought-after skill for nurses, so give examples of times you handled high-pressure challenges or worked under a tight deadline.
  • Decision making: Nurses are often called upon to make important decisions that change their patients’ lives. Therefore, you should ensure you demonstrate your ability to make informed decisions quickly and confidently.
  • Communication: Effective communication is a great skill to discuss in your CV as it shows you know how to build trust with patients and staff, provide clear explanations of medical procedures, and adjust your communication style to suit individual patients’ needs.

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Samuel Johns

Samuel Johns is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), recruiting manager, and lead career counsellor on the CV Genius team, with almost 5 years of experience in the career space. He has helped countless job hunters craft high-quality CVs and cover letters, exceed expectations at interviews, and obtain their dream jobs. Born and raised in County Durham in the beautiful North East of England, he graduated with a BA (Hons) in French Language and Literature from the University of Bristol in 2013 and has worked in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, London, Paris, and Taipei as a French–English translator. He’s determined to use his native English and fluent French skills to help UK and French candidates get the jobs they deserve. In addition to the British and French versions of CV Genius, Samuel’s job-hunt advice has been published on numerous websites, including Careers.org, the University of Warwick, the Enterprisers Project, and HR.com. If you’d like to collaborate, please reach out to Samuel through LinkedIn. Please note, we don’t accept guest posts and won’t reply to such requests.