I have tried to take the advice given to me in another thread to improve the cover letter that will precede my resume. I am not applying for a specific area just forwarding my resume (as suggested by a hospital board member/family friend) to the recruiter. My referral is going to follow up with the recruiter once I let them know I have sent my resume. There is a good chance I will be offered a job at this facility (and that would be so wonderful!!) so I do not want to mess it up with a poorly written cover letter. Please let me know what you think!
Dear Ms. Recruiter:
I am writing to express my interest in serving as a Registered Nurse for XYZ Hospital. I will graduate from XYZ College this month, with an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. I believe my educational background and work experience will contribute significantly to your health care system.
In addition to performing basic nursing skills, my clinical experiences have provided me with the opportunity to plan, implement, and evaluate the unique needs of patients both independently and collaboratively. These experiences have been extremely beneficial and enabled me to confirm my commitment to the field of nursing. I was able to provide holistic care to patients and their families that focused on all aspects of health: physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial. I remain passionate about nursing and recognize that teamwork and communication are essential. These components, in addition to a solid foundation of nursing skills, are necessary to provide safe and effective patient-centered care. I will bring to my next employer strong leadership and organizational skills as well as desire to learn and be a part of a effective team. These attributes, coupled with my compassion, patience, and patient advocacy, are what I offer as a new graduate nurse.
I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the possible employment opportunities available at XYZ Hospital. You may reach me any time at (555) 555-555. I look forward to hearing from you to schedule an interview at your convenience.
Thank you for your time and consideration.