Dear Human Resources Department Director:
My name is Tracy O’Connor and I am a Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Montana. I am applying for a position as an LPN at ABC Medical Center. I have 2 years of LPN experience working in the intensive care unit of XYZ Regional Hospital in Sun Valley Idaho. I recently married, moved to Montana with my husband and am seeking full-time employment.
Although my patient care experience is in the ICU, I am happy to work in any area of ABC Medical Center. I know that you have several specialties including a separate Ob Gyn wing and an orthopedic wing, and I would welcome the opportunity to go through training and work in these exciting areas of medicine. In addition to my work experience I have an Associate’s Degree in Licensed Practical Nursing from the Sun Valley Technical School. I did my clinicals at XYZ Medical Center and was hired by the hospital right after passing my board exams and receiving my license. I have already taken and passed the exam in Montana and received my license from the State Board of Practical Nursing.
I enjoy my work as an LPN tremendously. I am able to pick up new skills quickly and make calm and rational decisions in an emergency. I have extensive knowledge of medical terminology and have strong communication skills. I am able to patiently handle high pressure, stressful situationsand behave in a compassionate manner toward all patients in all circumstances. I am skilled at helping devise a patient’s overall care program, sticking to the program, recognizing when a change may be necessary and notifying the head nurse or physician.
I believe that I would be an excellent fit for a position as an LPN at ABC Medical Center and would appreciate your reviewing my enclosed application, resume and letter of recommendation from my previous employer. I am happy to come to your office for an interview and can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or by email at [email]
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This LPN cover letter example is from an individual experienced at working in a skilled nursing facility. She has a passion for working with the elderly and is seeking employment at a geriatric hospital. She has her Associate’s degree, her state license and multiple certifications to support her LPN work.
Dear Human Resources Director:
I am a Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Iowa where I have been working for 3 years with elderly patients at the ABC Skilled Nursing Facility. I have my Associate’s degree from ABC Vocational College and also carry certifications in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). My name is Sheila Parks and I am applying for a job as an LPN at XYZ Geriatric Hospital. I have a passion for working with elderly patients and believe I would be a great asset to your facility.
Through my work at ABC Skilled Nursing Facility I have gained extensive experience in preparing patients for examinations by a physician including taking vital signs, updating the patient’s electronic health record with relevant information, noting allergies and documenting current medications. In addition, I performed such daily tasks as arranging and preparing exam rooms and lab areas, cleaning and maintaining medical apparatus and stocking and ordering supplies.
I have experience assisting doctors with regular procedures and minor surgeries like pelvic exams, EMGs, allergy shots, endoscopies and colonoscopies, stitches and cauterizations. I am skilled at performing lab procedures like strep tests, wound cultures and collection of specimens. I am also up-to-date on infection control guidelines for medical facilities. I take regular continuing education courses to stay current with new developments that affect my work in the field of medicine and keep my license and certifications updated.
Please review my attached application and resume and consider my qualifications when you are looking for a new LPN to work on the staff at XYZ Geriatric Hospital. I am happy to participate in a telephone interview or to come to your office for a personal interview. I can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This LPN cover letter example is from atechnical school graduate who has no formaljob experience other than an internship at an area hospital. She studied for 2 years and obtained an Associate’s degree along with her state license.She is eager to begin a career as an LPN.
Dear Human Resources Department Director:
My name is Ashley Hamilton and I just graduated from ABC Technical College with an Associate’s degree. I have also taken and passed my state board exams and received my license to be an LPN in the State of Arkansas. I did my internship and clinicals at ABC University Medical Center and would like to apply for one of the 7 available positions of LPN that are advertised on the hospital’s career site.
While in school I gained practical experience along with classroom study in the areas of health promotion, anatomy, medical terminology, basic nursing, pharmacology, dosage calculation, gerontology, mental health, electronic chart documentation, communications, nutrition, observation skills and emergency responses. During my internship here at ABC I learned how to take specimens and cultures and prepare them for evaluation in the lab. I also learned how to prepare a room for a new patient, discuss discharge instructions with family members and inventory and reorder supplies.
I have great compassion for sick and injured patients and do my best to provide emotional support to the patients and their families along with ensuring that each patient’s physical needs are met. I am experienced with taking a patient’s blood pressure, temperature, weight, heart rate and respiration prior to an examination by a physician as well as how to clean and dress wounds. I am familiar with how to gather and verify insurance informationand which procedures typically need pre-authorization. Additionally, I am certified by the American Red Cross in cardio pulmonary resuscitation.
Please review my enclosed application, resume and 2 letters of reference from Dr. Marjorie Thomas at ABC Technical College and Dr. Terry Berger at ABC University Medical Center. I am happy to come to your office for an interview and can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] I am available to start full-time work immediately and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Ashley Hamilton, LPN