Example of Nursing Curriculum Vitae

A question this morning via Twitter from @BoxedUpHeart:

unnamedLooking for a nursing cv template if such a thing exists

Any ideas?

Ping the lads @TheNursePath @Inject_Orange @meta4RN

So, to answer the question, I’m sharing my CV online. The version I want you to look at is here as a PDF (updated on 23/11/16): pdficon

CV

Why do I want you to look at that version? It is because I’ve spent time formatting it to look pretty. Prettier than I can manage on this website. However, I thought I might as well dump the content of the CV on this page too – it’s nice to have more options than those that LinkedIn accommodates.

I won’t pretend for a moment that this is the ideal way to write a CV. In fact, I know I’ve been over-inclusive on mine – it’s far too long (not just a problem of being a nurse from the 80s). However, the headings may be useful to somebody, even if that somebody is  @BoxedUpHeart alone. So, with no further ado, here goes:

Paul McNamara

address [omitted from online version] Cairns Q 4870
phone [omitted from online version]
email [omitted from online version]
twitter @meta4RN
facebook facebook.com/meta4RN
youtube youtube.com/meta4RN

Curriculum Vitae is true and correct as at 12/06/16

Credentials

  • Registered General Nurse Certificate (Royal Adelaide Hospital)
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse Certificate (Glenside & Hillcrest Hospitals)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Flinders University)
  • Authorised Mental Health Practitioner (as per S499 of the Mental Health Act 2000, Queensland)
  • Credentialed by the Australian College of Mental Heath Nurses Board of Credentialing since 2006
  • Master of Mental Health Nursing (University of Southern Queensland)
  • Certificate of Infant Mental Health (Child, Youth & Women’s Health Service of South Australia)
  • Current Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (ID No: NMW0001444629)

Professional & Community Interests

  • Member, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing Editorial Board
  • Professional Social Media portfolio: meta4RN.com
  • Fellow, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) since 2008
  • Member, Queensland Nurses Union
  • Social Media Facilitator, Australian Clinical Supervision Association, since February 2015
  • Member, Queensland Clinical Senate (2012 – 2014)
  • Member, QCPIMH National Perinatal Depression Initiative Steering Committee (August 2010 – June 2013)
  •  Member, Reference Group and Working Group of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Capacity Building – Perinatal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Project (October 2012 – June 2013)
  • Founder & Facilitator, ACMHN Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Nurse eNetwork (2011-2013)
  • Facilitator, ACMHN North Queensland Sub-Branch Email Network (2008 – 2009)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, James Cook University (2007 – 2008)
  • Inaugural Secretary, ACMHN Consultation Liaison Special Interest Group (2005–2007)
  • Founder & Facilitator, Mental Health Consultation Liaison Nurse Email Network (2002 – 2010)
  • Inaugural Member, Management Committee, Worklink Employment Support Group Inc. (1996 – 1999)

Awards

  • 2012: The Health Roundtable, Innovation Award – Quality Care Stream ($6000)
  • 2007: Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (Queensland Branch), Student Award for Clinical and Academic Achievement in Mental Health Nursing
  • 1996: Queensland Health, Quality Award for Excellence in Consumer Outcome Focus and Consumer & Caregiver Involvement (awarded to the Cairns MIT Team)

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

Happell, B., Wilson, R. & McNamara, P. (2014) Undergraduate mental health nursing education in Australia: More than Mental Health First Aid. Collegian (Royal College of Nursing, Australia) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2014.07.003

Wilson, R., Ranse, J., Cashin, A. & McNamara, P. (2014) Nurses and Twitter: The good, the bad, and the reluctant. Collegian (Royal College of Nursing, Australia) 21(2) 111-119 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2013.09.003

McNamara, P. & McCauley, K. (2013) ‘Precovery’: A proactive version of recovery in perinatal mental health. Australian Nursing Journal 21 (1) 38 http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=396717147073212;res=IELHEA

McNamara, P., Bryant, J., Forster, J., Sharrock, J. & Happell, B. (2008) Exploratory study of mental health consultation-liaison nursing in Australia: Part 2 preparation, support and role satisfaction. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 17 (3) 189–196
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1447-0349.2008.00530.x

Sharrock, J., Bryant, J., McNamara, P., Forster, J. & Happell, B. (2008) Exploratory study of mental health consultation-liaison nursing in Australia: Part 1 demographics and role characteristics. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 17 (3) 180-188
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1447-0349.2008.00531.x

Usher, K., Foster, K. & McNamara, P. (2005) Antipsychotic drugs & pregnant or breastfeeding women: the issues for mental health nurses. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing 12 (6) 713–718 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2850.2005.00903.x

Acknowledgements & Contributions

De Costa, C. & Howat, P. (2007) Clinical cases in obstetrics, gynaecology and women’s health McGraw-Hill – acknowledged for contribution of case vignette/source material (page ix)

Elder, R., Evans, K. & Nizette, D. (2005) Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Elsevier, Sydney – contributions of case vignettes to this textbook (pages 370, 373, 374 & 415)

Other Publications

McNamara, P. (2014) A Nurse’s Guide to Twitter, Ausmed Education http://aus.md/tfn

McNamara, P. (2011) Perinatal mental health, O&G Magazine, The Royal Australian and New Zealand

College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Vol 13, No 2, p. 56 (invited column)

McNamara, P. (2011) PND: what the experts say, Cairns Parenting Companion, Autumn (March) Issue, p. 10 (invited column)

McNamara, P. (1998: revised 2001, 2007 & 2008) That was bloody stressful: what’s next? (staff resource re stress management) Queensland Health Electronic Publishing Service (QHEPS) intranet: http://qheps.health.qld.gov.au/cairns/docs/12553.pdf

McNamara, P. (2003) ‘Movies, myths, mistakes’, The Cairns Post, 14 August, p.13 (invited guest column re common misrepresentations of schizophrenia)

McNamara, P. (2003) ‘Humanity to man’, The Cairns Post, 29 March, p.19 (invited guest column re men in nursing)

Conference Presentations (last 6 years only)

McNamara, P. (2016) Mental health and cognitive changes in the older adult. Invited presentation at ‘Cairns Nurses Conference’, Ausmed Education, Cairns.

McNamara, P. (2016) Using Twitter in your profession (aka Twitter is a Vector*). Invited presentation at 5th International Conference, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, Melbourne.

McNamara, P. (2016) What can mental health nurses learn from the amazing story of a catholic patron saint? Poster presentation at ‘Nurses striving to tackle disparity in health care’, 42nd Annual International Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing, Adelaide.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/inm.12771

McNamara, P. (2016) Why on earth would a Mental Health Nurse bother with Twitter?  Presented at ‘Nurses striving to tackle disparity in health care’, 42nd Annual International Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing, Adelaide. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/inm.12771

McNamara, P. (2015) Understanding and managing anxiety disorders. Presented at ‘Cairns Nurses Conference’, Ausmed Education, Cairns.

McNamara, P. (2015) Social media and digital citizenship for health professionals. Presented at ‘Cairns Nurses Conference’, Ausmed Education, Cairns.

McNamara, P. (2015) Social media for nurses and midwives. Keynote presentation at ‘Australian Nurses & Midwives Conference’, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch), Melbourne.

McNamara, P. (2015) Health professionalism and digital citizenship. Keynote presentation at ‘Primary Mental Health Care in the Digital Age’, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Canberra.

McNamara, P. (2014) Mental health in the general hospital. Presented at ‘Cairns Nurses Conference’, Ausmed Education, Cairns.

Happell, B., Wilson, R. & McNamara, P. (2013) Beyond bandaids: Defending the depth and detail of mental health in nursing education. Presented at ‘Collaboration and partnerships in mental health nursing, the 39th Annual International Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing, Perth. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/inm.12047

McNamara, P. (2013) Turbocharging mental health nursing collaboration and partnerships: professional use of Twitter. Poster presented at ‘Collaboration and partnerships in mental health nursing, the 39th Annual International Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing, Perth. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/inm.12047

McNamara, P. (2013) Omnipresent and always available; a mental health nurse on twitter. Plenary session at the 11th ACMHN Consultation Liaison Special Interest Group conference, Noosa.

McNamara, P. (2012) Deploying complex information via a QR Code. Presented at ‘Innovations Workshop and Awards’, The Health Roundtable, Sydney. [NB: recipient of 2012 Innovation Award, Quality Care Stream]

McNamara, P., Horn, F. & Dalzell, M. (2012) Developing, designing and deploying a perinatal mental health referral pathway. Poster presented at ‘The fabric of life’, the 38th Annual International Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing, Darwin. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1447-0349.2012.00878.x

McNamara, P. (2012) The nature of nurture: lessons from a baby, story of a saint. Opening plenary presentation at the 10th ACMHN Consultation Liaison Special Interest Group conference, Melbourne.

McNamara, P. (2011) Between the flags, but beyond the breakers; addressing perinatal mental health in calmer, deeper water. Presented at ‘Mental health nurses: swimming between the flags?’, the 37th Annual International Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing, Gold Coast. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1447-0349.2011.00768.x

Trott, R. & McNamara, P. (2011) Mental health interventions targeted at youth. Presented at ‘Nurturing, Providing, Gathering for Better Health’, the 2nd Indigenous Women’s Health Meeting of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), Cairns.

McNamara, P. (2011) Establishing a Perinatal Mental Health Service, presented at the Perinatal Mental Health Forum, Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, Brisbane, 30th November 2011.

McNamara, P. (2011) Research and data collection, presentation & facilitated discussion at the National Perinatal Depression initiative (NPDI) State & Territory Project Officer’s Meeting, Brisbane, 29th November 2011.

McNamara, P. (2011) Cairns perinatal mental health. Presented at ‘Stay connected, stay strong’, Indigenous Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Forum, Cairns, 25th May 2011.

Ryan, T., McNamara, P., Swain, T. & Brownlie, A. (2010) Playing nicely in the north: Developing clinical supervision in and for North Queensland. Presented at the 11th Annual Tropical Symposium of the North Queensland Branch of Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Magnetic Island.

Haines, S., Henley, I., McNamara, P., Nizette, D., Porter, V. & Ryan, T. (2010) Great Expectations: Resourcing, reviving and reinventing clinical supervision in mental health nursing. Presented at the 11th Annual Tropical Symposium of the North Queensland Branch of Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Magnetic Island.

Workshop Facilitation

McNamara, P. (2005-2013) Perinatal mental health. Multiple sessions at multiple sites meta4RN.com/links

Bailey, P. & McNamara, P. (2009-2014) Introduction to supervision. Queensland Centre of Mental Health Learning (QCMHL) one day clinical supervision workshop, QCMHL code QC8; multiple sites http://www.health.qld.gov.au/qcmhl/supervision_res.asp

Bailey, P. & McNamara, P. (2009-2014) Supervisor. Queensland Centre of Mental Health Learning (QCMHL) two day clinical supervision workshop, QCMHL code QC4; multiple sites http://www.health.qld.gov.au/qcmhl/supervision_res.asp

McNamara, P., Butterfield, C. & Mignacca, E. (2013) Engaging with social media. Australian College of Mental Health Nurses 39th International Mental Health Nursing Conference, Perth meta4RN.com/tweets

Casella, E. & McNamara, P. (2015) The use of Social Media in Nursing., Australian College of Nurses workshop, James Cook University, Cairns research.jcu.edu.au/cnmr/news-and-events/news/hits-for-nurses

Rayner, N. & McNamara, P. (2016) Supervising supervisor. Queensland Centre of Mental Health Learning (QCMHL) two day clinical supervision workshop, QCMHL code QC12
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/qcmhl/supervision_res.asp

Education

Certificate of Infant Mental Health 2012
Child, Youth & Women’s Health Service of South Australia
– 10 week course of lectures, tutorials & immersive learning

Master of Mental Health Nursing 2006
University of Southern Queensland
– High Distinction in all graded subjects; Grade Point Average (GPA) = 7.0
– Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (Queensland Branch), Student Award for Clinical and Academic Achievement in Mental Health Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing 1993 to 1995
Flinders University of South Australia
– six subjects awarded Distinction & one High Distinction; GPA = 5.86

Mental Health Nursing Certificate 1993 to 1994
South Australian Mental Health Service, at Glenside & Hillcrest Hospitals
– theoretical components structured on the tertiary education model
– successfully merged theory with practice during this eighteen month course
– placements included acute admission inpatient unit, slow- and fast- stream rehabilitation units
– forensic inpatient unit, and community based services

Graduate Nurse Certificate 1992 to 1993
Royal Adelaide Hospital
– a twelve month course to consolidate abilities in team management and clinical practice

Registered General Nurse Certificate 1988 to 1991
Royal Adelaide Hospital
– a three year course which provided the opportunity to apply theory in practice across a diverse range of speciality inpatient units

Employment History

Clinical Nurse Consultant
July 2015 – current
June 2013 – November 2014
July 2000 – August 2010
Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service
Cairns & Hinterland Hospital & Health Service (based at Cairns Hospital)
– demonstrated professional leadership re mental health care in the general hospital setting
– significant contribution to the development of this role: it has become a highly respected & – valued component of Cairns Hospital’s multidisciplinary approach to care
– negotiated highly effective inter-department & inter-agency referral relationships
– proven capacity for innovation and a proactive approach to problem resolution
– contributions to the development of CL practice at state & national levels
– regular provision of inservice/staff education
– co-facilitation of QMCHL clinical supervision workshops
– regular provision of clinical supervision

Lecturer
December 2014 – June 2015 [temporary contract]
College of Healthcare Sciences
James Cook University
– Subject Coordinator: Mental Health – nursing undergraduate subjects NS3360/NS3361/NS3362 – revised and delivered lecture program
– revised teaching/learning activities and workbook for Professional Experience Workshops (PEWs)
– delivered PEWs for four cohorts of students
– recruited sessional staff to deliver PEWs across four JCU sites
– reviewed and revised exam content
– tutor for 1st year subject ‘Communication in Nursing and Midwifery’ HS1111
– tutor for 2nd subject ‘Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery’ NS2015
– delivered lecture: ‘Social Media Use for Nurses and Midwives’

Clinical Nurse Consultant
August 2010 – June 2013
Perinatal Mental Health
Cairns & Hinterland Mental Health Service
– established and developed this newly-created position
– established outpatient clinical assessment and treatment across three sites
– developed and delivered a recurrent program of inservice education & half-day workshops to
clinical staff in the primary care sector, tertiary health sector & mental health services
– workshop evaluations (participator qualitative assessments) have been very positive
– established an online presence http://www.health.qld.gov.au/cairns_hinterland/html/pmh_referral_pathway.asp
– a number of conference presentations, including invited Opening Plenary Address at Australian College of Mental Health Nurses conference
– two publications
– 2012 Innovation Award, The Health Roundtable (Quality Care Stream)

Online Facilitator
Dec 2009 – Feb 2011 [part-time]
PrimEd/Medeserv
– Primed/Medeserv delivered much of the content to Queensland Health’s online education portal: the Clinician Development Education Service (CDES)
– Online Facilitator for three courses: Mental Health (QHLTH5209), Social Dysfunction (QHLTH5208) & Diagnostic and Pharmaceutical Processes (QHLTH5212)
– demonstrated ability to facilitate a positive learning environment across a number of subjects using information technology and asynchronous communication
–  very positive feedback on performance via the Education Services Manager

Nursing Professional Leader
October 2009 – June 2010 [0.4FTE temporary position]
Clinical Supervision
– appointed via Queensland Health Office of the Chief Nurse, position hosted by Cairns & Hinterland Mental Health Service
– co-facilitated workshops for Clinical Supervisees and Clinical Supervisors
– proven capacity to implement workplace initiatives that drive change
– demonstrated ability to collect and present workplace survey findings
– proven ability to move segments of the workforce towards best practice
– integration of Clinical Supervision with mental health nurse transition program
– alignment of Clinical Supervision with Authorisation as a Mental Health Practitioner
– reporting relationship with the Office of the Chief Nurse

Lecturer in Nursing
August 2008 – July 2009
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition
James Cook University of North Queensland
– Subject Coordinator for NS1211 Foundations of Nursing 1 (a 1st year undergraduate subjectthat had over 250 students enrolled in 2009, across four campuses and externally)
– developed, delivered and recruited guest lecturers for a program of lectures delivered via videoconference to campuses in Cairns, Townsville, Mount Isa & Thursday Island
– developed and delivered podcasts and slidecasts of lectures via the subject website
– created and maintained a dynamic subject website for student and staff access to subjectmaterials, discussion boards, grades and announcements
– developed and implemented a tutorial guide for the eight tutors teaching into this subject
– developed and implemented an assignment marking guide to promote inter-rater reliability
– elected to the School’s Strategic Planning Committee
– lectures and tutorials for mental health, crisis management and grief/communication subjects

Tutor/Laboratory Leader/OSCE Assessor
casual contracts: 2002 – 2003, 2005 – 2010
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition
James Cook University of North Queensland
– deliver components of the undergraduate nursing degree curriculum using a range of teaching methods
– utilised small group work in a tertiary, adult education setting
– assessment of written assignments, acquired skills and learning participation
– student appraisal of my teaching was overwhelmingly positive

Youth Health Nurse (Clinical Nurse)
1999 – 2000
School-Based Youth Health Nurse Program
Cairns District Community Health (based at Cairns High & Yarrabah State Schools)
– established this newly created position
– attracted appropriate resources, including recruiting & establishing clinical supervision
– demonstrated capacity to across sectors with a broad range of people
– delivering health promotion and curriculum support including an educative role

Nurse Educator
1997 – 1998 (12 month secondment)
Transitional Care Program
Cairns District Community Health
– established this newly created position
– targeted skills-development program in wound management & infection control
– provision of outreach education services to Nurses and Indigenous Health Workers in Yarrabah, Cooktown, Wujal Wujal, Hopevale and Laura

Case Manager (Clinical Nurse)
1995 – 1997 & 1998 – 1999
Mobile Intensive Treatment Team (MITT)
Cairns Integrated Mental Health Program
– founding team member of this successful team established as a QHealth pilot project
– demonstrated success through collecting and reporting on data
– in 1996 the team received the Queensland Health, Quality Award for Excellence in Consumer Outcome Focus and Consumer & Caregiver Involvement

Clinical Nurse Educator
casual contracts: 1996 & 1997
Department of Nursing Sciences
James Cook University of North Queensland
– proven ability to facilitate experiential learning and consolidate theoretical learning for Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) students
– utilised a creative and pragmatic approach to assist students to gain “hands on” experience in mental health & drug and alcohol services
– assessment of written and practical skills

Community Mental Health Nurse (Clinical Nurse)
after-hours on call: 995 – 1996
Psychiatric Emergency Team and Crisis Assessment & Treatment Team
Cairns Integrated Mental Health Program
– proven ability to assist clients requiring acute assistance on the teams which were the precursors to the Cairns & Hinterland Mental Health Service’s Acute Care Team (ACT)

Mental Health Nurse (Registered Nurse)
1993 – 1994
Glenside & Hillcrest Hospitals
South Australian Mental Health Service
– experiential learning across acute, forensic, rehabilitation & residential care inpatient units

Registered General Nurse
1992 – 1993
High Dependency/Intensive Care Units and Neurology/Neurosurgery Unit
Royal Adelaide Hospital
– experiential learning across a diverse range of clinical settings
– mentored student nurses and new graduates

Registered General Nurse
1991 – 1992
Miroma Nursing Home Pty Ltd

Registered General Nurse
1991 – 1992
Nurses Specialling Bureau

Student Nurse
1988 – 1991
Royal Adelaide Hospital
– experiential learning across a broad range of medical, surgical and speciality units
– as per the orthodoxy of hospital-based nurse education in a large teaching hospital, mentored student nurse peers and juniors

Warehouse Manager
Herbalife Australasia
” demonstrated capacity to provide leadership and deliver change

Sales Representative
Dairy Vale-Metro Cooperative Ltd
” proven capacity to engage with a diverse range of people

Accounts Clerk
Dairy Vale-Metro Cooperative Ltd

Referees

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So that’s it – that’s my CV. I’ll probably update the online version PRN… as the parable goes, there’s not much point in hiding one’s light under a bushel. 🙂

As I said in the intro, this isn’t necessarily the way to present a nursing CV, but it’s an example you might be able get some ideas from. Do you have any suggestions re a nursing CV? If so, please feel free to share them via the comments section below.

Paul McNamara, 12th June 2016.
+ updated on 23rd November 2016.

Short URL: meta4RN.com/CV

3 thoughts on “Example of Nursing Curriculum Vitae

  1. Susanna

    Paul, I’m impressed by that! But equally impressed by your generosity – it gives me a few more clues on presenting my CV as a mental health nurse. Thanks!

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    1. Paul McNamara Post author

      it looks like a lot when you see it all at once, but that’s just what happens if you hang around for a while and have a short attention span 😊

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  2. Julia Herman

    Thank you Paul, very generous of you to share, and such an impressive example of a clear, succinct CV. I too have moved around alot since the 70’s and its hard to condense it into something ‘pretty’, which you have achieved. I’m looking forward to reading some of your papers on Perinatal MH, my own personal area of passion too. Winners all round.- Julia:)

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