What to Write in a Nursing Cover Letter

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

This nursing cover letter will show you some of the experiences you will want to share in your cover letter.  Yours will be different and there will be different details to yours.   You will want your passion for nursing to come through loud and clear.  It is a very competitive market and so you need to make your skills, your experience, your motivation all very clear and very professional.

Your Nursing Skills, Your Job Search

There are numerous nursing jobs available and just as many different and varied settings, for those jobs, from doctor’s offices to clinics to hospitals and many more.  Know what kind of environment you will work best in and the one you can easily adapt your personality, skills, education and work experience to.  In your nursing cover letter be prepared to highlight the particular skills you have that will make you a likely candidate for the position you are interested in.

Content of a Nursing Cover Letter

Do some background research on the location you are interested in applying for.  Keep in mind that this is where you will be spending at least 8 hours a day and many, many years working there.  It is a serious career move and one you want to be able to stay committed to for many years.

Some experiences or views you may want to mention in your cover letter are:

  • When and where you graduated
  • What your area of expertise was, if it applies
  • How many years experience you have
  • Any outstanding accomplishments or awards
  • Summarize your strong points
  • List your best nursing assets
  • Mention that you are looking for further professional and personal development
  • Explain why you are interested in this particular job

Nursing Cover Letter Example:

Missy Mayes
1300 Riverside Dr.
Kingston, TN
T: 865-429-3625
M: 865-306-2914
Email: mmayes@gmail.com

November 12, 2011

Mrs. Nancy Neil
Nurse Recruiter
St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital
Kingston, TN

Dear Mrs.Neil:

I am applying for the job as pediatric assistant in the Neonatal Care unit at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital.  I learned of this job from searching your website.  In December, I will be graduating from UT with a B.S. in Nursing.  From my resume, you will see that my interest in working with pediatric patients actually predates my decision to go to nursing school.

Let them know how you learned of this job opening and when you are available.  Give them a brief insight into your education, which will be fully disclosed in your resume.

I first became interested in nursing while in my senior year in high school and became a part time volunteer at your hospital.   There I worked mainly with the children who had extended stays.  I played board game with them, read to them, and held them when their parents were not by their side.  I felt connected to them on so many levels and empathized with their fear and aloneness. 

Why does this particular job interest you?  What ties you in emotionally to it?  Do you have an experience or experiences that led you to this area of study?

My mother has been a nurse for over 30 years now so I have had many opportunities to discuss situations that she has dealt with.  I am very familiar with the whole process and environment in a hospital and would like very much to be a part of the nursing staff at

 St. Mary’s.  As you will see in my resume, pediatrics was an area of study that I excelled in both in the classroom and in my internship.

Give further explanation telling them why you are interested in this position.  Keep it simple, concise and interesting enough that they will want to read your resume.

Enclosed is a copy of my resume.  I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this position in person at your convenience.  Please feel free to contact me through the information provided above.  I look forward to hearing from you.  I am available every afternoon after 3 pm to interview. 

Thank them for considering your application and let them know when you are available for an interview and recap how they can contact you.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Missy Mayes

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