Nursing Cover Letter Example

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A good nursing cover letter sets the candidate apart from the rest of those applying and makes a lasting impression on the prospective employer.  You want to be remembered when the panel is putting the shortlist together. It gives a chance to the candidate to not only mention their skills and qualifications but also to show how they will be able to help in the functioning of the hospital.

As is the case in applying for any job, a nurse can create a lasting impression by submitting a cover letter along with the resume.  It gives you the opportunity to highlight the special skills you have that relate to the requirements of the job advertised.

While your qualifications are very important, also important to your prospective employers are the aspects of your personality that make you a great nurse.  Your compassion is important.  Why did you choose nursing?   What aspects about nursing do you like most?  What is it you would like to build on?  Do you want to get into new and innovative nursing areas?

While writing a nursing cover letter, keep in mind the following points:

  • Before you apply for a job, do proper research about the hospital or healthcare facility so that when you write the cover letter you not only know about the place where you want to work but can also show a sense of familiarity with this workplace, the job duties and the requirements, which makes the employer think that you are ready for the job
  • Very important, also, is to check for the most recent government Health papers that have been published, and identify the Health areas that this sector is currently focusing on.  Show how you fit in professionally with those priorities. They will match with the priorities of your prospective employers.
  • Create a cover letter that clearly outlines why you are the right person for the job. It is the cover letter that will get your resume read and take you to the next level in your job search.
  • Below we have given you an example that can be used as a framework for your own individual circumstances, while making the right impact with your Nursing cover letter.

Through your Nursing cover letter you will make a lasting impression!

  • It will be a measure of your professionalism, and set you apart from the other candidates.
  • Outline the professional reasons why you are interested in working as a nurse in that particular hospital
  • A nursing cover letter gives you a chance to show how you can contribute towards the organization and what your skills and qualifications are. Here you can also describe any previous experience you have and also what area of work you are interested in.
  • Describe briefly why you find this particular facility an attractive option
  • Add any other reasons for wanting to work with this particular organization.
  • Thank the reader, and call for action

The complete example of our Nursing Cover Letter
This is what your completed letter will look like –

Elizabeth Verner
28 Old Kings Road


17 July 2012

 Mrs Emily Pankhurst

Director of Nursing
Queens College Hospital
450 First Street
Blackwater, Ontario  W 10016

 Dear Mrs Pankhurst

Re: Senior Staff Nurse, Children’s Ward, as advertised in the “Ontario Gazette” on 15 July 2012

Having graduated from King’s College Ottawa, with  a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies in 2003, and gained Certification in Child Care Nursing from Quebec University in 2005 , I have spent the past six years in Ottawa gaining hands-on experience in some of the city’s busiest and most demanding Children’s wards. The knowledge and experience I have gained during this time has been invaluable, allowing my passion for nursing to grow and my commitment to this profession to develop and consolidate.

In submitting my resume in application for the recently advertised position of Senior Staff Nurse, Children’s Ward, at Queens College Hospital I believe that my training and experience closely match your requirements and my additional qualifications in child-related illnesses will make me an asset to your nursing staff.

I have proven myself to be a highly motivated nurse with the ability to remain focused and self-directed in very high stress environments.

I have noted in the professional Press the impressive contribution that Queen’s College is making to research relevant to children’s infectious diseases and the care of child patients [“Healthcare Monthly”, September 2010 and February 2012].  I am very keen to become involved in applied innovative nursing in those areas.

I am convinced that my commitment to caring for patients and the ability to function as an integral part of a treatment team would allow me to make a valuable contribution to the tradition of excellence at Queen’s College Hospital. A challenging environment such as yours will give me the opportunity to make the best use of my skills and develop my knowledge and experience as a health care professional.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my application. I would welcome the opportunity to interview for this position and discuss how I can fulfill your nursing needs. Please contact me via phone or e-mail to arrange a mutually convenient time and date for us to meet.


Elizabeth Verner RN, CCCN

Resume enclosed

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