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Sample Cover Letter For Nursing Student

The two cover letters on this page are both related to nursing. The first is a professional seeking a managerial position, the second is an entry-level candidate hoping to land a full time job. These cover letters have been written based on real resume samples hosted on our website.

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Both letters on this page follow the template outlined in our cover letter writing guide:

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Nursing Cover Letter Sample

Based on the following resume (click to enlarge):

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Nursing CL Templates

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(Manager’s Name)

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Manager’s Name)

I’m pleased to be writing to you today regarding my application for the nursing position advertised on (Website Name). I believe my qualifications and experience make me an ideal candidate for this job.

I have a Master’s Degree in nursing and 8+ years of proven experience effectively and efficiently managing both patients and staff. I am an extremely organized, calm, and patient professional with excellent healthcare skills. I have a passion for providing quality care to patients, and the necessary leadership skills to inspire other staff members to strive to provide above standard levels of service.

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In my present role as registered nurse at Virginia Veteran’s Hospital, I am tasked with evaluating the medical conditions of up to 20 patients daily, and developing and directing a rotational system to manage the care of patients and otherwise coordinate workforce management.  During this time I’ve been recognized as a dedicated, ambitious, and reliable person who has the ability to work without supervision.

In addition, my four years of of experience as an Assistant Nurse at Corlinas Medical Centre helped me realize and implement clinical duties I learned during the course of my education. While employed there, I was commended for proficiently handling difficult situations with patients and their family members.

I believe a relationship with your company would be mutually beneficial, as I am seeking a challenging work environment where I can utilize my skills to the fullest extent. I look forward to hearing from you, and would love to explain my skills further during an interview. Please find a detailed account of my work history in the attached resume.

Sincerely,

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: email address


Entry-Level Nursing Cover Letter Sample

Based on the following resume (click to enlarge):

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Entry-Level Nurse CL Templates

(Manager’s Name)

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Manager’s Name)

I’m writing to you today regarding the nursing job vacancy you posted on (Website Name). I was thrilled to see that the role perfectly suits my education and skill-set, and I am confident that I can rise to the challenge.

I have a BS in nursing and four years of extensive work experience. During that time, I developed the skills to deliver impeccable health care and service towards patients. I have been trained in monitoring patients, updating information on vital signs and documents to effectively monitor their health. While working at Chicago Medical Centre as a Preceptorship Nurse, I was tasked with assessing the condition of patients, and also ordered and developed diagnostic tests. I firmly believe that I will bring the energy and dedication necessary to thrive in your hospital’s environment.

As noted on my resume, my competencies and capabilities are strongly in line with the requirements stated in your job description. For instance, while working at Standard Hospital as a Clinical Practicum in Acute Care, I have gained a deep understanding of how to perform emergency medical procedures such as basic and advanced cardiac life support, as well as other condition stabilizing interventions. I have become skilled at accurately obtaining and interpreting medical information to determine the health status and needs of my patients. Additionally, I possess excellent communication skills, which help me to effectively interact with patients, families, physicians and other health team members. In total, I believe my background will allow me to be of great service to your hospital.

I would welcome the opportunity to meet and interview with you. Please accept the enclosed resume.

Sincerely,

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: Email address

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Congratulations! You know what positions you are looking for and are ready to start your job search. You have also just written a dynamite resume. Before you send out that first resume and hope for the best, develop a cover letter that introduces your resume to the employer and encourages a follow-up call.

Cover letters are concise, informative, and should pique the reader’s interest. Think of it as a snapshot of your resume.

From the job announcement for the position in which you are interested, identify one to three of your accomplishments that are most related to the requirements of this position. Describe them in such a way that the reader can link her needs to your skills. Show her that you have solved problems similar to hers. She does not have time to make the connection--your cover letter must do that for her.

Content: Cover letters should be no more than one page long (3 - 4 paragraphs). The first paragraph states why you are writing, the title or type of the position you are seeking, and where you heard about it. If possible, include the name of a networking contact--someone who knows both you and the employer.

The second and third paragraphs elaborate your experiences and interests. Be sure to focus on those that demonstrate your related skills.

The closing paragraph outlines the action you will take to follow up on your application. If the advertisement requests no phone calls, end your letter with a statement such as, “I look forward to hearing from you soon.”

Salary information: Since the salary range for recent nursing graduates is narrow, you won’t have much room to negotiate salary or benefits. As a result, it is recommended that you not include salary requirements in your cover letter-your request may eliminate you from consideration. Of course, you’ll want to be prepared to discuss an offer by researching salary ranges for new nurses in the geographic area in which you are interested.

The following are suggestions as you write a cover letter:

  • Be clear. Have a specific purpose in mind before you begin writing.
  • When possible, address the letter to a person and not to a position or title. Avoid using “Dear Sir” or “Dear Madam.” If you do not know the name, address the letter to "Dear Hiring Manager:"
  • Make your letter brief.
  • Make your letters warm and personal. Avoid jargon.
  • Carefully proofread for grammatical, spelling, or typing errors. Use a spell checker!
  • Use the same paper as your resume. If you are mailing the application, use a matching envelope.
  • Keep copies of all correspondence for easier follow-up.
  • Develop your own cover letters. You can easily adapt them to fit any position for which you are applying

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