Jillian, Senior Resume Writer

For me, this is the heart of the resume writing process – we aren’t just putting facts and figures, phrases and sentences, timelines and contact info together in a document! We are telling a story in such a way as to capture someone’s attention. We want to tell a story that is interesting, clear, descriptive, as well as comprehensive with all of the necessary facts and figures.

How to write a critical care nurse resume

Writing the critical care nursing resume can be done using essentially the same approach as that used for any RN resume. You must first get a RN license and then complete some additional certifications before becoming a critical care nurse, but for the most part they receive the same training. Your resume for critical care nurse job application must bring your qualifications for the job to the attention of the employer by highlighting the particular skills you have that the position requires. The following format for writing a critical care RN resume is effective for highlighting skills:

  • Name and contact information
  • Objective statement: The objective statement is your first chance to catch the reader’s attention. Describe the type of position you are looking for in one or two sentences. Your description should include some keywords that match up with the job description of the position being applied for.
  • Skills: The skills section is included near the beginning of the resume because it has the most important information. Outline your key skills and abilities with a focus on those related to the critical care position you are applying for. Don’t list all of your skills. Summarize your abilities in the areas the position calls for and list relevant skills you have in each area that are called for in the job criteria. Use bullet lists to list the skills as that draws the reader’s eyes. In the first couple of seconds scanning the resume an employer will see that you have those skills they need.
  • Formal qualifications and certifications: List the school name, date graduated and the degree received for the institution where you received your nursing degree. Provide the state/states that you are licensed in to work as a RN and the date your RN license was issued. If required in your state, include your Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification and your Pediatric Life Support (PALS) Certification. (These are good certifications to have even if not required).
  • Employment history: List all previous nursing employment beginning with the most recent. Provide a summary of what your duties were in each job. If any duties are relevant to the position you are seeking, emphasize them.

A professional nursing resume using this format emphasizes skills. Most applicants will have similar educations, so it is the skill sets that applicants possess that most interests the employer.

Have a look at our ER nurse resume example to draw even more fresh ideas!

When writing your resume, systematically address the following issues in the appropriate parts of your resume:


Your career aspirations, “why you want the job”, which explains how your job application fits your career path.


This part of your resume needs to be extremely clearly defined, matching employer needs and showing superior levels of expertise, productivity, and experience.


Be sure to show appropriate licenses, certifications, qualifications and other credentials, preferably in list form.

Work history

Use examples from your work history which are clearly relevant to the job requirements. Cite specific systems work, for example, to show your skills and experience.

Critical care nurse resume checklist

All nurse resumes should be reviewed and proofread before submitting them with your application. It is easy to overlook some detail or make a mistake when writing a resume and it is worth the extra time to ensure your critical care nurse resume is perfect. A checklist like the one here is useful and you can tick each item as you review it:

  • Does the resume present an overall professional appearance?
  • Does the resume use bullet lists and other highlighting techniques to make the most important information stand out?
  • Is all the important information included such as required certifications and skills?
  • Is your objective statement supported by the information you provided?
  • Is the resume written in the best format to effectively show off your abilities?
  • Does the resume focus on specific skills and abilities you have that match the job description?
  • Is the resume free of errors and typos?

You resume only has a few seconds to attract the attention of the employer and make an impression that will result in an interview, so it must be as near to perfect as you can make it.

You can easily use these tips when creating your ICU nurse resume as well.

Critical care nurse employment facts and stats

The U.S. has approximately 2.8 million registered nurses and the Bureau of Labor Statistics includes critical care nurses as RNs as opposed to having a separate category for them. Wages for critical care nurses follow those of other RN’s fairly closely. The median wage for a RN is $69,790 or $33.55 per hour. The best paid ten percent of registered nurses make over $96,000 annually while the bottom ten percent earn around $45,000 which is pretty much how it breaks down for critical care nurses as well. Employment of critical care nurses is projected to grow 26 percent over the next 10 years, which is well above the average for all occupations and also above the average for all RNs.

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