What Are the Best Nursing Skills for Your Resume in 2021?

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Covid-19 has shifted the healthcare workplace. While nurses of all types are needed pretty much everywhere, some clinical skills are much more in-demand than others. As part of our commitment to providing nurses with the latest and best info to further their careers, here’s a quick update on the best nursing skills for your résumé in 2021, and the years to come.

Best Nursing Skills For Your Resume in 2021

Acute care. Now more than ever, nurses with experience in acute care — and especially the intensive care unit — are in demand by the nation’s healthcare employers. That also includes a range of important specialties like palliative medicine, neonatal ICU, CVICU, emergency and ambulatory care, dialysis and hospice, and a few others.

Some of these assignments are for the direct treatment of Covid-19 patients, meaning that nurses who want to join the front lines have plenty of opportunities to choose from. But those who are more interested in a standard job also have more choices than ever, as facilities across the U.S. struggle to find nurses with these important skillsets.

If you’re interested in working an acute care job on the Covid-19 front lines, we can certainly use your help — and we’re offering top rates for it, too. And if you’re just seeking a standard assignment in a hospital or other facility, you’re still in demand.

Comfort with traveling. If you’re open to traveling for work, the demand for travel nurses has never been greater than it is right now. The pandemic hasn’t just fueled a surge in demand for nurses everywhere, but it’s also caused unexpected shortages in certain areas. As a result, cross-state licensing rules have been adjusted to let nurses travel to other states.

Searching our constantly updated list of job opportunities will show you where those locations are. Often, they’re in the country’s most populous states like California, Florida, and Texas. But you’ll also find opportunities in rural areas throughout the country, in states as far flung as Ohio, Idaho, Arkansas and the Carolinas.

So, a travel nursing job doesn’t necessarily mean you have to move halfway across the country — chances are good that you can find an opportunity within your own home state. But the willingness to travel — and even better, having experience doing so—will increase your prospects (and probably, your pay) not just during the pandemic, but in the years to come.

If you’ve never traveled for an assignment before, now is a great time to start — demand is so high that you can earn up to $3,000 a week, in addition to weekly stipends for meals and housing. And as the industry continues to rely more and more on travel nurses in the years to come, building experience as a traveler can only help your career prospects in the long term.

Skilled nursing and LTAC. Long-term acute care (LTAC) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF) were among the hardest-fit providers in 2020. Nurses with experience in these areas, and who can confidently step into a challenging LTAC or SNF area — especially in a travel scenario — are commanding top salaries.

Versatility. To some extent, this will seem like a no brainer. After all, nurses are always called upon to be versatile. It’s so much a part of the job, in fact, that many probably don’t think of it as a specific skill at all. Like leadership, communication and critical thinking, versatility is part of a suite of skills that are fundamental to the job itself.

All the same, this is a time when nurses are being called upon to do more than ever before. If you’ve been working double shifts or moonlighting in another department, you’ve shown an impressive ability to cope with a difficult and rapidly changing situation — and that’s a skill that should be noted on your resume or CV.

If you don’t feel like versatility is a strong point, there are steps you can take to build this valuable nursing skill. For instance, spending a few months working in a new setting or facility type — even if just a temporary or travel basis — is enough to give you a competitive edge when pursuing future opportunities.

Determination. Another key nursing skill in the Covid-19 world is the ability and eagerness to take on new challenges. Especially for those who hope to advance into leadership positions, showing the determination to meet challenging situations head-on — and then achieve success — is a critical nursing skill to have.

“The day-to-day life is nothing like it was just a couple of years ago,” as Brian, a registered nurse and one of our Clinicians of the Month for February 2021, recently told us. 

“The current pandemic has upended what we do on a daily basis,” he continued. “We have changes to daily regiments of sanitization and infection control. We have become the frontline forces in care of our patients and residents. The healthcare field right now can be very stressful, but is still just as rewarding for those involved.”

“I am most proud of my ability to work through tough situations,” added Marni, a speech-language pathologist and another of our Clinicians of the Month for February 2020. “I was nervous going into it,” she said about having to work with kids who were outside of the age group she had experience with, “but decided to proceed with an open mind and heart.”

Marni recalled that, “throughout the year, I learned more than I ever thought possible. It was an invaluable experience that enabled me to grow and change my perspective. I learned the importance of functional communication.

“I spent countless hours learning how to assist my students with being able to complete tasks such as self-advocacy for things like using the restroom and asking for assistance. Tasks we sometimes take for granted can make all the difference in the life of someone with profound disabilities.

“It was an incredible feeling to see my students’ independence grow and their confidence soar. That year was an experience I will forever hold dear to my heart. I am proud of my persistence and determination to improve the quality of life of my students at that school.”

Why Work A Nursing Job With CareerStaff?

A great way to ensure that you land the clinical or nursing career opportunity that you want is making sure you’re offering something of value to a new employer or facility. This could be getting a new certification or even working in a different facility type — and we can help you with either goal. We also offer our nurses:

  • A comprehensive insurance package that includes health, dental, vision and life
  • Weekly direct deposit
  • Matching 401(k)
  • Flexible schedules
  • Referral bonuses and CE credits

As part of our suite of outstanding benefits, CareerStaff Unlimited also offers resources for continuing education (CE) courses. We encourage the professionals in our network to pursue CE credits not only as required to retain their licensing, but also as a means to expand the nursing skill set that’s so important in furthering your career in the years to come.

As a leading nationwide recruitment network, we always have thousands of job opportunities available across the U.S.A., at any given time. Once you’re part of the CareerStaff family, you’ll have access to a lifelong supply of great nursing career opportunities. See for yourself: You can search all available jobs here, or submit a quick application here.

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