LVN Resume Writing Tips and Sample

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Written by Morganne Skinner, BSN, RN Content Writer, IntelyCare
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Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) are essential healthcare professionals. As an LVN, you may have pictured yourself working in long-term care, but did you know you have many other options? It’s true.

LVNs can work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, surgical centers, and other outpatient medical offices. How do you land that job you want? Your LVN resume will be one critical piece of the job application puzzle.

Your nursing resume is an important career document that describes your qualifications, skills, education, work experience, licenses, and certifications. Along with your cover letter, your resume helps you stand apart from other applicants and tells the hiring manager why you are fit for the job.

When writing your resume, be sure to consider these tips:

  • Be concise: Avoid long paragraphs, and make it skimmable.
  • Mirror the job posting: Use similar language as the job posting. Is the facility seeking an LVN with excellent communication skills? Describe yours.
  • Quantify your experience: Include numbers when you are talking about your experience. Say you have “12 years of LVN experience” rather than “many years.”
  • Describe your hard and soft skills: Nursing is an art and a science. Show off your competence and emotional intelligence.

LVN Resume Skills

Need some inspiration about which LVN skills to showcase? Here are some examples:

  • Medication administration
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Patience
  • Flexibility
  • Compassion
  • Patient education
  • Collaboration
  • Phlebotomy

LVN Resume Sample

Sarah Green
Dallas, Texas | | (555) 555-5555

Licensed vocational nurse of five years committed to providing compassionate, quality care to residents. Seeking to elevate patient care and satisfaction at Sunnyland Care Center.

Key Qualifications

  • Interpersonal skills, effective communication skills, and strong work ethic
  • Hold current, unencumbered LVN license in Washington
  • Specialize in gerontology and long-term residential care


ABC Technical College, Dallas, TX, 20XX
LVN Diploma

Professional Experience

Sunnyland Care Center,Licensed vocational nurse, January 20XX–present

  • Administer medications to 25+ patients daily.
  • Monitor vital signs, collect urine specimens, and obtain blood glucose measurements.
  • Collaborate with two RNs and eight CNAs to coordinate safe, quality patient care in a 55-bed care center.

Bell Regional Hospital,Licensed vocational nurse, 20XX–20XX

  • Assisted six patients per shift in performing daily activities, provided wound care, initiated IV therapy, and updated patient charts.
  • Transported five-plus patients daily between different units and departments.
  • Served on diversity, equity, and inclusion committee with four LVNs and six RNs.


Empathy; Attention to detail; Organization; Flexible; Time management; Patient care

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed vocational nurse (LVN)
  • Basic life support (BLS)

What Does an LVN Make?

The average LPN/LVN salary is $55,860 per year. Depending on your experience, location, and specialty, your exact salary may differ.

The highest-paying states for LPN/LVN jobs are:

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Alaska

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for LVNs is projected to grow 6% in the next 10 years. This is on par with all other professions and means that you will likely have great job stability in this nursing field.

Boost Your Nursing Career

Your optimized LVN resume can help you score a great nursing job. Interested in starting the job search? Check out the LVN jobs available on IntelyCare and apply today.