Nursing Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Nursing job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. So try to include them on your resume where possible.

Remember that every job is different. Instead of including all these keywords on your resume, identify the keywords most relevant to the job you're applying to and include those. Use the free Targeted Resume tool to help with this.

  • Nursing
  • Healthcare
  • Patient Safety
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Hospitals
  • Acute Care
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Patient Education
  • Inpatient Care
  • Healthcare Management
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Medication Administration
  • Medical-Surgical
  • Wound Care
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Clinical Research
  • Nursing Education
  • IV Therapy
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Coaching
  • Personal Development
  • Psychiatry
  • Home Care
  • Public Health
  • Elder Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Microsoft Access
  • Healthcare Information Technology (HIT)
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Nursing Management
  • Surgery
  • Nursing Process
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership
  • Patient Care
  • Emergency Nursing
  • Wellness
  • Health Education
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Telemetry
  • Public Speaking
  • Direct Patient Care
  • Medical Education
  • Tropical Diseases
  • Teaching
  • Strategic Planning
  • Research
  • Nutrition
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  Where on my resume do I add these buzzwords?

Try to add these keywords directly into your resume's work experiences. Alternatively, you can also include a Skills section where you can list your technical skills in order of your proficiency.

Oh and one more thing! It goes without saying, but only include these technical skills or keywords into your resume if you actually have experience with them.

Word Cloud for Nursing Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Nursing job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

Top Nursing Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

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Target your Resume to a Job Description

While the keywords above are a good indication of what skills you need on your resume, you should try to find additional keywords that are specific to the job. To do this, use the free Targeted Resume tool. It analyzes the job you are applying to and finds the most important keywords you need on your resume.

It is personalized to your resume, and is the best way to ensure your resume will pass the automated resume filters.

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