Your nursing credentials sum up your education, active licensure, certifications, and greatest professional achievements. Whether you’re filling out a job application or signing a legal document, you’ll need to pay careful attention to how you write them. Here are some tips to help you list your nursing credentials correctly.
Listing Your Nursing Credentials
As a nursing professional, your credentials should appear in the following order:
- Highest earned degree (including doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and associate degrees)
- Licensure (including RN and LPN)
- State designations or requirements (including APRN, NP, and CNS)
- National certifications (including RN-BC and FNP-BC)
- Achievements and awards (such as FAAN)
- Other recognitions or certifications
Your highest earned degree comes first in your list of credentials for multiple reasons: Your degree doesn’t require renewal, and it is the least likely of all your credentials to change. Of course, you may continue your education in the future — replacing what you originally listed with the most recent, highest earned degree. Because licensure is necessary to practice nursing and may or may not be renewed, it is always listed second in your line of credentials.
State designations and national certifications follow licensure because these, too, are required for practice and will expire without continued education. Finally, achievements, awards, and other recognitions are left last on your line of credentials. These additional honors aren’t required to practice nursing, but they are still significant to your professional experience and can help you stand out as a competitive nursing candidate.
Once you have finished listing your credentials complete your resume with your experience listed from your most recent position. There is typically no reason to list any employment that surpasses the last 10 years.
Nursing Credentials Q&A
Below are some of the most common questions that nursing professionals have about their credentials:
- What should I do if I’m unsure how to list my specific degree or state licensure? Consult your state board of nursing for accurate listing information.
- Am I required to list certain credentials? You should always list the credentials necessary for your profession in your state when signing legal documents.
- What if I have more than one degree? List your education in order from the highest to lowest level or simply list your highest earned degree.
- What if I have multiple nursing credentials? While you aren’t required to list multiple nursing credentials in any specific order, it may be useful to list them from most recently acquired to first acquired or in order of relevance to a specific job if you are applying for one.
Nursing Tips, Tricks, and Preparation
Are you a recent nursing graduate applying for jobs or an experienced nursing professional that’s ready to hop back on the job market? If so, you’ll not only need to get your credentials in order, but also have an interview-ready resume and virtually unlimited access to relevant job postings. That’s where HealthCare Support comes in. Our team of healthcare recruiters will help you find jobs, prepare for interviews, and settle into your new position. To learn more, contact HealthCare Support today at 888-219-6285.