When writing a nurse cover letter it is important to emphasize your specific nursing skills, practical experience and education level. You should explain how your skill set is relevant to the particular position for which you are applying. In addition, make note of other skills that make you a superior nurse such as organizational, communication, interpersonal and computer skills. It is important to sell yourself in the cover letter and close it out with a call to action such as a request for an interview. Below are some nurse cover letter samples that can help you create your own letter.
Example 1 – Target to Company
This nurse cover letter example is from a nursing school graduate who wishes to work in a neonatology unit. She took additional courses and holds a special certification that qualifies her to work with babies at risk. She is applying for a position at a hospital with a neonatology unit.
Dear Chief of Neonatology:
My name is Hannah Kelly and I just graduated in May 2013 from State University with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing. I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from State University in 2009, passed the state boards and worked for 2 years as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department of County Hospital before returning to school to continue my nursing studies with an emphasis on neonatology.
I am applying for a position as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at XYZ Medical Center. I worked part-time during my last semester at State University as an intern in the NICU at XYZ and hope to be hired full-time as soon as there is an opening. I have just joined the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and plan to be an active participant in the local chapter. I look forward to a long and rewarding career treating infants born with a variety of health issues.
I am able to work any shift where there is an opening in the NICU for a Level 3 neonatal care nurse. For me, caring for infants born with health challenges is more than a job. It is a calling, and I am highly dedicated to nursing sick babies back to health as well as supporting and educating parents who have babies with permanent disabilities. I am also dedicated to honing my skills, taking continuing education courses and keeping up-to-date with advancements in neonatal care.
My resume is attached along with a letter of reference from Katherine Taylor, M.D. for whom I worked during my recent internship in the NICU at XYZ. It is my hope that you will seriously consider me for a permanent position in the NICU. I am also open to working in another department if there is a position more readily available. I am happy to schedule an interview at your convenience. Please feel free to call me at 555-555-5555 or email me at [email]
Hannah Kelly, RN
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This nurse cover letter example is from an individual who has been working for 3 years as a nurse in a large orthopedic medical practice. He is interested in making a change and going to work as an orthopedic nurse in a nearby hospital that has a separate orthopedic wing.
Dear Administrator Brooks:
My name is Joshua Jones and I am an orthopedic nurse. I have been working on the top floor of the ABC Hospital Professional Building for the ABC Orthopedic and Surgical Center for the past 3 years. I have worked exclusively for Dr. Jerome Brown, Chief of Orthopedics at ABC, for the last year.
Although I enjoy my job immensely, I would like to transition from a medical practice environment to a hospital setting. It is my desire to work as a floor nurse in the orthopedic wing at ABC Medical Center. My attached resume includes a letter of reference from Dr. Brown who supports me in my endeavor to find a position as an orthopedic nurse at the hospital. 118
Before going to work at ABC Orthopedic and Surgical Center I graduated Magna Cum Laude from State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Along with handling nursing duties in patient exam rooms where I assist the physicians in caring for patients with broken bones and other skeletal problems, I assist Dr. Brown during orthopedic surgical procedures. I have assisted him with minor procedures in the office as well as more extensive surgeries performed at the hospital.
I am willing and able to work any shift on the orthopedic floor and hope that you will consider me for a nursing position as soon as one is available. I have strong interpersonal skills and am able to handle patients of all ages. I can make an adolescent laugh and calm the fears of a confused elderly patient. 257
Nursing is my passion and I believe it is also my gift. It would be my great privilege to work as a nurse on the orthopedic floor at ABC Medical Center. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss my resume at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email]
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This nurse cover letter example is from an emergency room nurse who is applying for an open position in the recovery room in the hospital where she is currently employed. She wishes to transfer to the surgical floor of the hospital to care for patients immediately after their surgical procedures.
Dear Administrator Mullins:
My name is Jessica Clay and I am a registered nurse in the Emergency Department here at XYZ Regional Medical Center. I have worked every shift possible in the E.D. and I greatly enjoy the fast-pace and the excitement of emergency medicine. The staff of physicians and other nurses on every shift are compassionate and gifted professionals.
Although I have appreciated the privilege of serving in the E.D. at XYZ Regional, I am ready for a change. For that reason I wish to apply for the open position of registered nurse in the surgical recovery room. I believe the wide variety of medical emergencies to which I have been exposed over the last 4 years working in the E.D. have prepared me to competently handle patient care in a recovery room setting. 135
Dr. Albert Rosen, Director of the E.D., has written a letter of recommendation for me and it is attached along with my rйsumй. I am a 2009 graduate of State University where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Immediately following graduation I began working in the XYZ Regional E.D.
I believe I have the patience and compassion necessary to nurse surgical patients through the first few hours of their recovery, a time that can be painful and frightening. I also have the expertise necessary to notice subtle changes in patients’ conditions which could be indicative of complications and could require an emergency medical response.
I have had excellent training over the last 4 years from Dr. Rosen and other physicians in the E.D. as well as skilled mentoring from the senior nurses in the E.D., and I am willing to continue ti do shift work. I hope that you will consider my application and resume and contact me for an interview. I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or by email at [email]