NRNP 6675: PMHNP Care Across the Lifespan II

Career Planner Guide

Your Nurse Practitioner Professional Career Planner is due by Day 7 of Week 10. It is highly recommended that you begin planning and working on this Assignment as early in the quarter as is feasible for you. The following checklists outline all of the items you should include in your Career Planner. Additionally, the resources below have been provided to assist you in its development.

Refer to the Walden University Career Center website for resources and information on how to create cover letters, resumes, and professional portfolios. You may also choose to make certain portions of your Career Planner accessible online to members of your professional network or potential employers through platforms such as LinkedIn. Sharing on social media is a useful way to network for many, but it is not a requirement for this assignment.


Checklist for Cover Letter

Cover letters are typically tailored to individual jobs and companies. For this Assignment, you will select a job posting you would like to or could potentially apply for and create a cover letter for it. Your cover letter should be:

  • Presented and formatted in professional business manner
  • Addressed properly
  • Clear and concise (no more than one page) and include:
    • Content body
    • Content conclusion
  • Written in a professional tone and include:
    • Correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar
    • Clear and accurate sentence structure

Checklist for Resume

Your resume should be clear, concise, and well organized, and it should also include your:

  • Name, location (city/town and state), business phone number, and email address (centered at top of resume)
  • Objective: 2–3 sentences describing your goal/objective for employment
  • Certifications & licenses
  • Education
  • Professional experience
  • Honors/Awards (as applicable)

Checklist for Portfolio 

Your Portfolio should be clear, concise, and well organized, and it should also include your:

  • Personal philosophy statement (1-page)
  • Personal goals (short term and long term)
  • Self-assessment

The following items do not have to be submitted but should be available on request for employers:

  • Achievements
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • References (list names, affiliation, and contact information) (3)
  • Certifications and licenses
  • Prior degrees
  • Transcripts (Note: An unofficial transcript will meet this requirement.)
  • Certificates of attendance for continuing education
  • Publications
  • Research
  • Oral presentations and/or poster presentations

Learning Resources

Resume and Cover Letter Resources:

Canva. (n.d.).

Canva has many resume templates and formats that may inspire your creativity. (Using Canva is optional.)

Cover Letter Advice (n.d.). Nurse practitioner cover letter sample 1.

DeCapua, M. (2019). A nurse practitioner’s guide to the perfect cover letter. Health eCareers.

Hicks, R. W., & Roberts, M. E. E. (2016). Curriculum vitae: An important tool for the nurse practitioner. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners28(7), 347–352.

Gibson, A. (n.d.). career guide series: Ultimate guide to nursing resumes.

Walden University Career Services. (n.d.). Resumes & more.

Portfolio Resources:

Chamblee, T. B., Dale, J. C., Drews, B., Spahis, J., & Hardin, T. (2015). Implementation of a professional portfolio: A tool to demonstrate professional development for advanced practice. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29(1), 113–117.

Clarke, M. (2019). The importance of a professional nursing portfolio. HealthLeaders.

Nurse Practitioner Business Owner. (n.d.). This is why you want to create your professional portfolio today!

Portfolium. (n.d.).

Portfolium is one example of portfolio software that you could use to create a portfolio. You may choose your own tool, and it may be online (Google Sites, Portfolium) or offline (Word, pdf), as long as you can easily submit the portfolio files or link to your Instructor.

To Prepare

  • Review the Career Planner Guide. This document contains the requirements for the Assignment as well as resources to consult.
  • Seek out other resources on cover letters, resumes, and other professional resources, as needed Develop a cover letter, resume, philosophy statement, and other professional resources that meet the requirements outlined in the Career  Planner Guide. 

 Develop a cover letter, resume, philosophy statement, and other  professional resources that meet the requirements outlined in the Career  Planner Guide. 



To obtain employment in a nursing setting in which I can utilize my leadership and communication skills


Amita Health St. Joseph Hospital                                                           Jan 2020-  Present

Psychiatry floor/charge nurse

  • Provides therapeutic interactions with patients to assist them in identifying sources of anxiety and depression in locked unit
  • Coordinates with other nurses and mental health workers to provide appropriate input and effectively formulate and implement treatment plan for the patient
  • Identifies behavioral problems to make suitable recommendations.
  • Provides assistance, suggestions and conducts clinical supervision of patient care during specific shifts.
  • Provides psychosocial interventions, behavioral therapy, family therapy and milieu therapy
  • Experience with patient screening, transfers, admissions, daily assessments, and discharges as well as medication administration in both routine and emergency situations.
  • Manages over 25 incidents of patient violence via use of de escalation techniques, psychotropic medications, and physical restraints.

Thorek Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL)                                                    Sep 2018- Jan 2020

Medical psychiatry charge Nurse

  • ●        Works with unit leadership to identify and minimize barriers to providing coordinated care
  • Provides leadership in the daily operations of a unit
  • Provides leadership in the professional practice setting and the profession
  • Maintains clinical expertise by providing direct patient care, acting as a charge nurse and serving as clinical resource
  • Addresses issues related to Intensity of Service and Severity of Illness to confirm medical necessity for admission and continued stay in conjunction with the centralized Medicare Admission Review Department
  • Collaborates with the healthcare team including, but not limited to: Attending/Specialty Physicians, Social Worker, Pharmacist, Admission Notification, Medicare Admission Review and Nursing to ensure the progression of an effective treatment plan and smooth clinical transition in care
  • Provides services for individual patients and on identified patient care areas to facilitate optimal patient outcomes

Chicago Lakeshore Hospital (Chicago, IL)                                                Nov 2016-Present                       psychiatric Charge Nurse & Detox Nurse

  • Responsible for providing safe and therapeutic care to children ages 4 to 17  in a psychiatric inpatient setting, working with individuals that have severe mental health and behavioral difficulties
  • Responsible for providing safe and therapeutic care for Adults in a psychiatric inpatient setting and detox unit.
  • Oversee milieu activity, leading nursing and clinical staff in order to have structured treatment on daily basis.
  • Specialized in non-violent crisis intervention through verbal and behavioral de-escalation techniques.
  • Administered medication, maintaining medication management and provided PRN crisis intervention compliant with doctor’s orders and hospital policy.
  • Complete nursing documentation including assessments, medication administration, treatment plans, discharge summary, and follow-up care, etc.
  • Conducted nursing groups, providing psycho-education and health education to patients
  • Built therapeutic rapport with patients and family, assisting in holistic care.
  • Ensured HIPPAA compliance

University College Hospital (Ibadan, Nigeria)                                                            Jun 2014-Oct 2016

Emergency Room Nurse

  • Active medical team member in a fast paced environment, providing emergency treatment and support in order to stabilize patients in crisis situations.
  • Monitored patient conditions and assessed status by obtaining all vital signs and consistent observations.
  • Provided direct patient care in preparing individuals for medical procedures, transferring patients, facilitating successful discharges.
  • Educated patients in order to ensure stability upon discharge such as wound irrigation and dressing, medication management, etc.

Outreach Children Hospital (Lagos, Nigeria)                                                              Aug 2010-May 2016

Medical / NICU Charge Nurse

  • Worked as a team to provide primary care for neonatal and pediatric patients ages 0 to 18, in medical setting.
  • Completing a wide range of services including wellness visits, routine health exams, illness treatment, injuries and life-threatening conditions.
  • Administered pharmacological and non-pharmacological medicines to patients, providing education in medication management.
  • Responsible for primary care, case management, and medication management.
  • Empathically interacted with patients and families, ensuring comfort and quality medical care.


Walden University (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

  • Masters and psychiatry mental health pract                                                 March 2019 – current

Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ)                                                                     April 2017-July 2018

  • Graduated with Bachelor Degree in Nursing
  • 3.87/4.0 GPA

School of Post Basic Nursing (Ilorin, Kwara State)                                                    Nov 2011 – Nov 2012

  • Diploma in Pediatric Nursing

University of Ibadan (Ibadan, Nigeria)                                                                         Oct 2006 – May 2010

  • Graduated with Associates Degree in Nursing


  • Volunteer: Anu Medical Outreach (2012), Kokumo Foundation (2014).
  • Technical: Registered Nurse Illinois (2020), CPI certified (2020), CPR certified (2020),

BLS American Heart Association (2020).

  • Additional: Strong critical thinking, creative problem solving, great verbal and written communication skills, responsible, team oriented yet independent, enjoys a challenge, fast learner, works well with diversity, positive attitude, able to work at a fast pace and high stress environments, and reliable in meeting deadlines.