Hospitals and recruitment agencies in the UK receive high volumes of nursing CVs daily. Therefore, as a nurse applying for a position in the UK, it is important you have an excellent CV. To help you write an effective CV, our experienced team has put together the following guide:

1. Personal details

Name, contact details, address, email, nationality

2. Work experience

To ensure your CV stands out amongst other candidates, your experience needs to be shown clearly and coherently. List all previous work experience dated newest to oldest. For each position, state the job title, date of employment (month, year), hospital and location.

See example below:

Staff Nurse
June 2014 – July 2016
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Please note as an agency worker you will be required, as per framework guidelines, to produce your full employment history on your CV. This includes placements that may not be relevant to your current role and any gaps in your employment will need to be accounted for.

Make sure you have enough information for each job duty and responsibility mentioned. This includes the type of procedures you carried out, the experiences you gained, the skills you developed, etc. For example:

• Provide safe patient care and family focused quality care utilizing the nursing process
• Demonstrate leadership competencies while in charge or acting as shift resource/team leader
• Contribute to the successful achievement of the nursing affairs strategic goals

3. Qualifications

List all of your qualifications, starting with the most recent. State the name of qualification, date and institution.

Please ensure you state your full education history. For example:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
2008 – 2011 Bedfordshire University

• If you are a qualified nurse, employment history must go back to when they obtained their qualifying degree in nursing
• If you are a unqualified candidate (HCA), employment history must go back in full

Don’t forget to include any additional courses and certifications you might have. For example:

Mentorship in Practice
Degree level course
Buckinghamshire New University

4. Additional skills

List all the additional skills you have; it is always good to show employers what you have learnt and developed in the past. Examples of additional skills include: Additional training courses, study day course attended, mentorship qualification etc.

How we can support you

Here at HCL Nursing, we support our candidates every step of the way. From offering help and advice with writing your CV, to help with finding your next shift. What are you waiting for?

Register online, upload your CV or check our complete list of nursing vacancies. For further information, please contact us.

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