Skill set to consider for a nurse resume
* Administer prescribed medications or start
intravenous fluids, and note times and amounts on patients' charts.
* Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such
as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary
* Provide basic patient care and treatments, such as taking temperatures or
blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches,
rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.
* Sterilize equipment and supplies, using germicides, sterilizer, or autoclave.
* Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
* Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature,
blood pressure, pulse and respiration.
* Work as part of a health care team to assess patient needs, plan and modify
care and implement interventions.
* Collect samples such as blood, urine and sputum from patients, and perform
routine laboratory tests on samples.
* Prepare patients for examinations, tests or treatments and explain procedures.
* Assemble and use equipment such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, and oxygen
Hypodermic needles — Hollow needles;
Intramuscular needles; Intravenous IV needles;
Nebulizers or accessories — Compressor
tabletop nebulizers; Electronic compressor
nebulizers; Portable nebulizers; Ultrasonic
Patient care beds or accessories for specialty
care — Air fluidized beds; Circo-electric
beds; Frames; Roto beds
Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices
— Ankle restraints; Gait belts; Lap belts;
Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
— Automated spirometers; Handheld spirometers;
Pocket spirometers; Pulmonary function
Calendar and scheduling software —
Medical software — Electronic medical record
EMR software; MedicWare software; Personal
digital assistants PDA medical software;
Telephone triage software
Office suite software — Microsoft Office
Registered Nursing (RN) Skills
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Assess patient health problems and
needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.
Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May
advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case
management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses
such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse
midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing
is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who
function in highly autonomous and specialized roles.
Sample of reported job titles:
Registered Nurse (RN), Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse), Staff Nurse, Charge
Nurse, Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN), Clinical Nurse, Oncology RN
(Oncology Registered Nurse), Relief Charge Nurse, Cardiac Care Unit Nurse (CCU
Nurse), Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR)
* Monitor, record and report symptoms and changes in patients' conditions.
* Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
* Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
* Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests to identify and assess
* Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and
* Direct and supervise less skilled nursing or health care personnel or
supervise a particular unit.
* Consult and coordinate with health care team members to assess, plan,
implement and evaluate patient care plans.
* Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.
* Instruct individuals, families and other groups on topics such as health
educaz prevention and childbirth, and develop health improvement programs.
* Prepare patients for, and assist with, examinations and treatments.
Operating Room Nurse (OR) /
Surgical Technologist Skills
Perform any combination of the following tasks either before, during, or
after an operation:
* Prepare patient by washing, shaving, etc.;
* place equipment and supplies in operating room according to surgeon's
* arrange instruments under direction of nurse;
* maintain specified supply of fluids for use during operation; adjust
lights and equipment as directed;
* hand instruments and supplies to surgeon, hold retractors, and cut sutures
as directed; count sponges, needles, and instruments used during operation,
* clean operating room.
1. Places equipment and supplies in operating
room and arranges instruments, according to instruction.
2. Maintain supply of fluids, such as plasma, saline, blood, and glucose for
use during operation.
3. Hands instruments and supplies to surgeon, holds retractors and cuts
sutures, and performs other tasks as directed by surgeon during operation.
4. Cleans operating room.
5. Counts sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation.
6. Washes and sterilizes equipment, using germicides and sterilizers.
7. Assists team members to place and position patient on table.
8. Puts dressings on patient following surgery.
9. Scrubs arms and hands and dons gown and gloves.
10. Aids team to don gowns and gloves.
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the
information and techniques needed to diagnose
and treat human injuries, diseases, and
deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment
alternatives, drug properties and interactions,
and preventive health-care measures.
Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of
principles and processes for providing customer
and personal services. This includes customer
needs assessment, meeting quality standards for
services, and evaluation of customer
Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and
performance; individual differences in ability,
personality, and interests; learning and
motivation; psychological research methods; and
the assessment and treatment of behavioral and
English Language — Knowledge of the
structure and content of the English language
including the meaning and spelling of words,
rules of composition, and grammar.
Education and Training — Knowledge of
principles and methods for curriculum and
training design, teaching and instruction for
individuals and groups, and the measurement of
Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of
principles, methods, and procedures for
diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of
physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career
counseling and guidance.
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal
organisms, their tissues, cells, functions,
interdependencies, and interactions with each
other and the environment.
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic,
algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of
group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and
influences, human migrations, ethnicity,
cultures and their history and origins.
Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of
relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and
strategies to promote effective local, state, or
national security operations for the protection
of people, data, property, and institutions.
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing
personal assistance, medical attention,
emotional support, or other personal care to
others such as coworkers, customers, or
Documenting/Recording Information —
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or
maintaining information in written or
Getting Information — Observing, receiving,
and otherwise obtaining information from all
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or
Subordinates — Providing information to
supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by
telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in
Making Decisions and Solving Problems —
Analyzing information and evaluating results to
choose the best solution and solve problems.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events —
Identifying information by categorizing,
estimating, recognizing differences or
similarities, and detecting changes in
circumstances or events.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal
Relationships — Developing constructive and
cooperative working relationships with others,
and maintaining them over time.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
— Developing specific goals and plans to
prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
with Standards — Using relevant information
and individual judgment to determine whether
events or processes comply with laws,
regulations, or standards.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge —
Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new
knowledge to your job.
— Giving full attention to what other people are
saying, taking time to understand the points
being made, asking questions as appropriate, and
not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension —
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs
in work related documents.
Speaking — Talking to
others to convey information effectively.