Recap of my nursing experience: graduated with a BSN in June, passed NCLEX in July. Didn't have a job lined up after countless resumes submitted, so I decided to travel instead. I traveled for 5 months and now I'm back in the US and job hunting again.
I ask myself these questions/thoughts everyday, and I still don't have the answers to them, so any input is much appreciated!
Am I still considered a new grad? Has the economy for new grads gotten better since I left? Do I have to get new recommendation letters since they are dated back from the Spring time? I could not pass up the opportunity to travel (once I get a job, have kids, etc. I will never have that much time free), and I dont regret it one bit. But now I come back home, and I'm just depressed. It's winter, it's cold, and I have no nursing job. I've submitted countless applications, and not a single word. I've posted a copy of my cover letter and resume, any advice/suggestions would be great! FYI, I dont have a specific unit in mind and just trying to get my foot in the door. Also, I've taken out personal information, names, dates of education/jobs, etc. Thanks!!
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am enclosing my resume for your consideration for a registered nurse position. I graduated from ____ University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, magna cum laude on _______. After receiving my license, I decided to travel and explore various countries before starting my nursing career.
I want to build upon my current nursing competencies and offer a broad knowledge base of clinical as well as teamwork and organizational skills. I know that hospital experience is critical in developing these nursing skills and an important first step in my career. After the past three years of clinical experience, I already have the dedication to the nursing profession, and now I am ready and excited to gain experience being an RN.
I believe that my experiences, along with my undergraduate clinicals and competitive academic performance, make me an excellent candidate this registered nurse position. If you would like any additional information or wish to schedule an interview, you can reach me by phone at __________ or by e-mail at ________. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Registered Nurse seeking entry-level position at _____ Hospital in ___ unit
_____ University, College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, magna cum laude
Cumulative GPA: 3.75/4.00
Rotations: Medical/Surgical, High Acuity, Obstetrics/Postpartum, Operating Room, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Public Health
Worked under RN supervision providing bedside care and treatment; Managed medication administration, wound care, IVs and all other aspects of nursing care; Observed RNs in the operating room; Facilitated patient admissions, discharges, and transfers; Compiled clinical documentation including nursing care plans
and diagnoses; Participated in interdisciplinary teams; Delegated and supervised patient care to nursing aides.
Legal Assistant, ______ Law Firm
Research patents and trademarks, file applications with US Patent Office, handle client communications, and supervise new employees
Nurse Technician, _________ Hospital
Provided nursing skills including patient assessments, IV care, Foley care, wound management, patient hygiene, and patient admissions/discharges; Implemented quality improvement monitoring, nursing process, and nursing care plans under RN supervision; Observed the nursing process and care in the OR
Volunteer Nursing Experience: (FYI I did this for about 1 month after I passed my NCLEX but before I traveled)
______ Nursing Home
Monitored Quality Improvement (QI) assessments of nursing aides; Developed recommendations to Director of Nursing; Implemented improvements resulting from QI assessments
Free Patient Wellness Center
Performed various nursing duties at free outpatient clinic under RN supervision
Sigma Theta Tau International
Certifications: Basic Life Support (CPR)
College Mentor Program: Mentor of the Year Nominee
Dean's List (Fall 2006 - Spring 2010)