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Competitive CV needed

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I am an RGN with nearly 15 years experience since qualifying in 1990, having taken some time out for maternity leave. I have held several short term substantive posts in the NHS, but most of my nursing career has been spent as an agency nurse.

I am an RGN with nearly 15 years experience since qualifying in 1990, having taken some time out for maternity leave. I have held several short term substantive posts in the NHS, but most of my nursing career has been spent as an agency nurse.

Whilst this has given me an enormous amount of varied clinical experience - including adult and paediatric ICU, renal, cardiac, theatres, elderly care, amongst others - I now find myself de-skilled and really at the bottom of the nursing career ladder.

I feel I cannot compete with my peers as I have not really followed any career path nor followed any formal nursing related study (I have completed 10 units of a law degree but left due to child care issues).

Could you offer me some advice on how to make my CV competitive in today's job market? And how would I begin to enter the education arena to bring my nursing qualification up to date? (I did the 'old style' nurse training).

Sue Young

Answer:

Please don't feel that you are de-skilled and at the bottom of the nursing ladder.

Your range of experience is indeed impressive. However, nowadays it is usually necessary to consider qualifications and I would suggest an appointment with your line manager in order to talk this through.

As for your CV, yes, it would be a pleasure to work with you. So if you send it to me in its present form I will amend it and offer some useful suggestions. For starters an introductory personal profile such as this would produce a lot of impact:

'Qualified, versatile and energetic staff nurse with particular hands-on expertise in adult and paediatric ICU, renal, cardiac, theatres and elderly care with responsibility for drug issues. Administration and training others have been features of a successful career to date. Proven team worker and leader who also works well on own initiative achieving high standards and meeting deadlines. Excellent interpersonal and patient care skills blend with a flair for leadership. Computer literate with good keyboard skills.'

Obviously this is not quite you but you could adapt it - and would be an excellent 'kick start' for your CV. I look forward to hearing from you.

Tim Dotchin

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