3 Letters of Reference for NA Program?

  1. I am applying to a NA program which requires 3 letters of reference in its application: two must be from RN's and one must be from an immediate supervisor. Please give me suggestions or tell me if what I have "so far" is adequate.

    1st: Immediate supervisor and director of CCU
    2nd: Former professor of pathopharmacology (Ph.D. Nursing), who taught
    at National Institute of Health. I got an "A" in the class and received
    "honors" credit
    3rd: Physician who knows how I work and care for his patients in CCU

    As for the "physician," is it more appropriate to ask a recommendation from a cardiologist or pulmonologist?
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   catcolalex
    Its more important what they write about you than if its a cardiologist or a pulmonologist.
  4. by   skipaway
    Quote from deroth
    I am applying to a NA program which requires 3 letters of reference in its application: two must be from RN's and one must be from an immediate supervisor. Please give me suggestions or tell me if what I have "so far" is adequate.

    1st: Immediate supervisor and director of CCU
    2nd: Former professor of pathopharmacology (Ph.D. Nursing), who taught
    at National Institute of Health. I got an "A" in the class and received
    "honors" credit
    3rd: Physician who knows how I work and care for his patients in CCU

    As for the "physician," is it more appropriate to ask a recommendation from a cardiologist or pulmonologist?

    I'm a little confused here: your requirements are references from "2 RNs and your immediate supervisor." Your first is your immediate supervisor, your 2nd is I'm assuming an RN and your 3rd should also be an RN as per your program's requirements, so why the MD?
    Maybe if you feel it necessary, make that a 4th req. and find another RN who works directly with you as your 3rd req.
    JMHO
  5. by   emsrn1970
    Get a 4th reference from a CRNA and you will be golden, but the first three should follow what the program requested which was from RNs not MDs.



    Quote from deroth
    I am applying to a NA program which requires 3 letters of reference in its application: two must be from RN's and one must be from an immediate supervisor. Please give me suggestions or tell me if what I have "so far" is adequate.

    1st: Immediate supervisor and director of CCU
    2nd: Former professor of pathopharmacology (Ph.D. Nursing), who taught
    at National Institute of Health. I got an "A" in the class and received
    "honors" credit
    3rd: Physician who knows how I work and care for his patients in CCU

    As for the "physician," is it more appropriate to ask a recommendation from a cardiologist or pulmonologist?
  6. by   deroth1
    Sorry for the confusion. CLARIFICATION: 3 references are needed, and of the 3, two must be from RN's--which are my immediate supervisor and former professor. I actually like the idea and will now consider another nurse, i.e., CRNA I plan to shadow, as the 3rd reference, instead of a doctor. Thanks for the advice.
  7. by   deroth1
    Quote from emsrn1970
    Get a 4th reference from a CRNA and you will be golden, but the first three should follow what the program requested which was from RNs not MDs.
    Thanks for the advice. My immediate supervisor and former professor will be the two RN's I will use for reference. And for the 3rd, which could be any one, I will consider a CRNA to give me reference, possibly the one I plan to shadow.
  8. by   skipaway
    Quote from deroth
    I will consider a CRNA to give me reference, possibly the one I plan to shadow.
    Make sure you shadow with the same CRNA more than once if you are looking for a reference from that CRNA. I would not be able to give a reference based on one episode of shadowing. Ask them a lot of questions, be attentive to their replies and acknowledge those who work with the CRNA when you are in the rooms. Good luck.

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