I am a new graduate nurse, and have been applying for jobs feverishly now. I know it's hard out there for new graduates. I guess I just want some cover letter/resume help. I've had some people look over it but they are in different fields. If anyone can provide me with some good constructive criticism, I would greatly appreciate it. The resume below is tailored for Neuro positions, I change it just slightly for non-neuro positions. Thanks a bunch!!
So and So, BSN RN
March 5, 2013
Dear Human Resource Recruitment and Staffing,
Position: Registered Professional Nurse
Position ID: 123
I was excited to hear of your need for a Registered Nurse on your ----- Unit, as my career goals are in line with this opportunity. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing this past December, and am currently a licensed Registered Nurse in the state of State. In addition to my nursing degree I have also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2007.
Neurology is an area of nursing that has always interested me and was what I requested for my final practicum. I completed my senior practicum for nursing school on a Neuroscience Unit at ZYX Hospital. While on the unit, I provided total nursing care, assessments, and medication administration for multiple patients with a variety of neurological conditions. As a result, my experience and exposure to patients on the neuroscience unit helped me develop nursing knowledge and skills to provide care for patients of varying degrees that are transferable to all types of care units. I have also provided necessary communication between Spanish-speaking patients and staff, which has proven to be invaluable for promoting patient comfort and optimal treatment.
In addition to my nursing education, I have also provided care for children diagnosed with neurological disorders (autism, Asperger Syndrome, megalencephaly, seizure disorder, learning disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Furthermore, I worked with children who were diagnosed as emotionally disturbed which prepared me to work in high stress and crisis situations. Finally, during my undergraduate studies, I collected data and assisted with conducting research experiments pertaining to autism, memory, Fragile X syndrome, Asperger Syndrome through the University Psychology Department and University Institute.
My experiences and education have provided me with knowledge of patient care, family and staff relations, and other pertinent skills required of an effective team member. I have taken on many roles all of which have exposed me to a wide variety of individuals, settings and concerns, both nursing and non-nursing. I believe my experiences have established a good foundation on which to build my nursing career.
I welcome the opportunity to interview for the Registered Nurse position at ABC Hospital. Thank you for your time and consideration; I look forward to following up with you to discuss my application further.
**** *****, BSN RN
So and So
To obtain a Registered Nurse position at Hospital and to expand upon my nursing knowledge
123 School City State
Bachelor of Science in Nursing December 2012
234 School City State
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology June 2007
Advanced Medical-Surgical City State
123 Hospital - Neuroscience Unit Fall 2012
Community Health City State
234 Health Center Fall 2012
Psychiatric Mental Health City State
234 Hospital Summer 2012
Maternity and Pediatric City State
456 Hospital Summer 2012
Medical-Surgical City State
456 Hospital - Medical-Surgical Unit Spring 2012
- Performed thorough neurological assessments and care for patients on a Neuroscience Unit with ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, brain tumors, post-neurosurgical operation, ocular disorders and other neurological disorders
- Preformed systematic head-to-toe and focused nursing assessments for patients of all age groups on various hospital units
- Provide translation support for Spanish speaking patients
- Demonstrate technical skill in the delivery of nursing care for patients (i.e. Extraventricular drain management, chest tube care, wound care, catheterization)
- Experience with cardiac telemetry monitoring
- Administered medication (PO, IM, SC, IV) in accordance with 6 right rights of Medication administration
- Assisted with admission and discharge paperwork
- Delegated to ancillary support staff in accordance with 5 rights of delegation
- Documented on paper and electronically
- Collaborated with other members of the healthcare team
School City State
Instructional Aide July 2008 - September 2010
- Assist a teacher in a non-public school classroom serving children diagnosed on the autism spectrum (ages 3-18)
- Ensure a safe learning environment and play area
- Collect data and maintain documentation on progress regarding academic, cognitive, social and behavioral skills
- Follow and implement intervention plans or processes to provide service and support to students to meet IEP goals or intervention plan goals
- Prepare lessons for activities, and gather necessary materials and supplies required; employ various teaching methods to promote learning and implement activities
Residential Facility City State
Residential Counselor October 2007 - June 2008
- Provide a highly structured environment of care for emotionally disturbed children between the ages of 6 to12 years living in a diagnostic group home
- Teach children basic living skills and domestic routines
- Use a variety of therapeutic interventions to provide support for self-esteem, behavior management, social skills/relationships, and self-care skills
- Maintain safety for both staff and clients during crisis and non-crisis situations
- Prepare, plan and implement structured activities for individuals and/or groups
- Chaperone residents on outings
- Document medication, incidents, interventions, and behaviors of multiple clients daily
University Institute City State
Intern January 2007 - June 2007
Skills, Community Involvement, Leadership
- Collected data for various ongoing research projects
- Contacted potential research participants
- Called patients to confirm clinical appointments
- Provide care for children while parents are meeting with physicians
- BCLS Certified
- NIH Stroke Scale Certified
- Proficient in Spanish language
- National Association of Hispanic Nurses - Current Member
- Nursing Students Without Borders - Treasurer 2011-2012
- Hospital - Research Day Presenter - May 2012
- Volunteer for 987 Hospital Emergency Room and Psychiatric Ward - City State - 2004-2005
- University - Greek Conduct Board member 2006-2007
Mar 9, '13
I didn't read all of the cover letter because................................it's too long. Employers don't want to be bothered with long cover letters. You got to put 3 p/p (not 5) of eye catching syntax that explains in as few words as possible the idea you're trying to get across. It's kind of like the idea of if it takes you that long to say something in a cover letter how will you be on your feet in real work situations. Remember, you are only introducing yourself and the position you're applying for.
You speak Spanish...that belongs in the first p/p...Don't talk about how excited you are and be specific about what position it is; details (I realize there isn't but pretend). First p/p; my name is so an so. I graduated from blah in blah, now is the time to put if there are any honors. I speak Spanish and blah is my short and long term goals. Then include 3rd p/p. Then end it with a recap (short).
Things like I completed.. I am a licensed...snore; you are going to put B.S.N.,R.N. after your name in the header (Don't repeat yourself). It's OK to be able to put it in as few words as possible...it shows how smart you are. I believe lots of the stuff you have in the cover letter you will put in the resume...don't repeat yourself (see how annoying that is).
It might behoove you to hire someone or research about how to write a successful cover letter on the internet. I'm not trying to be cruel, it's good advice.
Last edit by tyvin on Mar 9, '13