A sample cover letter for a new grad RN
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Sample Cover Letter for a New Grad RN
Note that this candidate has not graduated yet. It’s important to start applying before you take the NCLEX. Waiting can delay your entry into a residency by up to six months.
This sample cover letter is one page long, using a basic 12 point font, formatted for easy reading. Keywords are in blue for you to see how the candidate bridges her/his strengths to the organization’s needs through the use of selected keywords.
Editorial notes are in red.
The creative use of a top centered headline at the beginning and a P.S. at the end help to make this sample cover letter stand out.
A cover letter for a new grad RN should have three to four paragraphs. The first paragraph is introductory, and states purpose of the letter.The next two paragraphs highlight your strengths by using examples. Avoid using clichés, as everyone uses them, and you want to stand out. Stories and examples are remembered and are more meaningful.
The last paragraph in this sample includes a “call to action”, meaning a request for the next step.
3000 Winning Way, Anytown, CO 95678
Home: (555) 123-9876 Cell: (555) 777-1212 firstname.lastname@example.org
February 22, 2015 use business letter format
2430 Prosperity Way
Anytown, Co 95678
Let me show you why I’m a perfect fit for your position!
Dear Ms. Woods, (avoid “to whom it may concern”)
I’m highly interested in the New Grad RN opening in Oncology now available at Happy Hospital. I will be graduating in May 2015, and taking the NCLEX June 2nd, 2015. The values of compassion and dignity in your mission statement and dedication to communityoutreach resonate with me. individualize to targeted employer
I am especially interested in Happy Hospital because of your expanding Oncology Program. My grandmother had cancer, and helping my mother care for her as a teenager made me decide to become a nurse. My grandma died with dignity. I have compassion for patients and families who are dealing with illness and understand how difficult it is. personalize by example Stories are remembered
My recent clinical rotations on 3 South at Happy Hospital gave me experience with a diverse patient population, and a respect for cultural differences. The emphasis on patient satisfaction impressed me. I was pleased that my preceptor, June S., RN, and my Clinical Instructor Sandra H., RN, both gave me high evaluations on my communicationskills with patients and co workers. It’s due to practicing the skills I learned while taking the module “How to Deal with Patient Complaints”. highlight your strengths Patient satisfaction is of high concern to all hospitals
In addition to my nursing skills, I’ve developed strong leadership skills. As president of the Denver Chapter of the National Student Nurses’ Association, I led a team that initiated a very successful Adopt a Familycommunity program at Christmas time. The program was featured in the Denver Times, and will be carried on by future nursing classes. give concrete example of skill rather than saying “I’m a strong leader”
A letter and resume can only tell you so much, and I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in person. I will contact you within a few days to discuss the next step. I look forward to meeting you, and please do not hesitate to contact me at 444-777-1212. call to action in final paragraph (discuss next step) rather than passive ending such as “I hope to hear from you”
leave 4 spaces here for signature
Enclosure (1) Resume (or attachment)
P.S. If you would like to meet with me sooner, you may reach me immediately on my cell at 444-777-1212. Thank you kindly for your time and consideration, Ms.Woods.
P.S. adds another unique touch. People’s eyes are drawn to a P.S. Sometimes it’s read before the body of the letter! This one contains contact information
No need to add “References on request”. The employer will ask for them at a later date
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Until next time friend,
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I hope this helps you to compose your new grad RN cover letter. You have more skills than you realize. Let them shine through!
Until next time friend,
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Registered Nurse Cover Letter Sample 1:
This letter is to express my interest in the Registered Nurse position at BCLM Hospital. I am an enthusiastic candidate with the skills and attributes necessary to contribute to the patient care at your healthcare facility.
As you can see from the attached resume, my experience as a certified nursing assistant and unit secretary, along with my variety of clinical experiences, have allowed me to attain a foundation of skills necessary to ease into my career as a Registered Nurse. I feel my knowledge of medical terminology, customer service and medical computer software would be a valuable asset. With this experience, I have developed strengths in communication, collaboration, and information technology. If the position at hand requires key attributes such as professional, reliable, competent and compassionate, I feel I would be a strong candidate and would appreciate being considered.
During my clinical experiences at Balville Nursing Home, Four Hills Pediatric Facility, and Health Alliance Hospital, I obtained a wide range of nursing skills on the job, while developing critical thinking skills. I was praised by clinical instructors for my eagerness to learn and ability to multi-task. Furthermore, my honors status and a 3.88 GPA upon graduation illustrate my superb understanding of nursing content.
In addition to the skills learned in school and during clinical experiences, I am extremely knowledgeable in customer service. My secretary and nurse’s aide experience has given me ample opportunity to work with the patient population. I have also learned the importance of prioritizing and managing time efficiently. I believe that the skills I attained are the basic foundation to being a safe and effective nurse.
I welcome the opportunity to discuss with you how I might best fulfill the present needs for the Registered Nurse position at your health care facility. Until then, thank you for your consideration and I look forward to meeting with you.
Registered Nurse Cover Letter Sample 2:
I am writing to express interest in the RN position open at your facility and ask that you please consider me for a position. I graduated from Riverend College with an Associate of Science in Nursing in May 2009, and with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing in Spring 2010. From my resume, you will see that my experience matches the qualifications listed for this position. I heard about this job through your website and I am very interested in what you have to offer.
Through my nursing education at Riverend College, and my recent work as a registered nurse, I have acquired skills in patient assessment and gained a solid foundation in providing holistic nursing care that focuses on all aspects of a person’s health. I am passionate about nursing and I realize that patient care requires a solid foundation in nursing skills and techniques, organization and prioritization of care, and communication skills. These skills, along with my compassion, patience, and patient advocacy, are what I offer as a registered nurse.
I would be honored and excited to be a part of your team and contribute my skills to your staff and patients. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this position in person at your convenience. I look forward to an interview with you to discuss my education and experience. If there is any additional information you would like me to provide, please feel free to contact me at the information above. Your time and consideration are greatly appreciated.
Registered Nurse Cover Letter Sample 3:
I am aa registered nurse who graduated from DeAlto College with an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing in June 2010 and am currently working toward achieving my BSN by April of next year. I am currently working as an LVN in the Float Department at DeAlto Medical Foundation in DeAlto which covers all of the first and second floor departments, including Obstetrics and Urgent Care.
I have been an LVN since 2003 and have a wide variety of experience in the health care field. I have also had over 1000 hours of comprehensive clinical experience in the role of an RN. My most recent experience was a preceptorship at Good Samaritan Hospital in the Cardiac unit. I cared for 4 patients at a time, assessing and caring for them in a holistic manner. I performed many wound assessments, telemetry monitoring, interpretations of EKG’s, IV insertions, colostomy care as well as NG care.
My previous LVN experience and RN license has set me up with exceptional team leading and communication skills, quality patient care and family and patient advocacy. I am a responsible team player with flexibility and ability to adapt to different situations and locations as needed, having four years experience as a float nurse. I would welcome the opportunity to further discuss a position with you.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.