Dear Hiring Manager,
I am interested in volunteering at your facility in the adult medical-surgical unit. I am a graduate of xxx College with an Associate Degree, BLS-certified by the AHA and currently enrolled at xxx University for my Baccalaureate Degree.
My experience as a nursing student at your facility (gave me the courage--cut this part; applying to a job in your field is what you're supposed to do and this implies that you're scared to do it!) made me want to apply at this time as a volunteer. It will be a great place for my career building due to your exceptional way of delivering care. I look forward to hearing from you and can be reached by my phone or email at all times.
(Have you researched the unit you're applying to? What do they brag about on the hospital website? Are they committed to decreasing nosocomial infections with handwashing? Are they patient-centered with a family-friendly layout? Find out what they pride themselves on and tell them WHY you want to work at THEIR hospital, not the one across the street).
Name, address, email
Personable with a positive attitude; effectively communicates with patients, families, and nursing staff.
Experience in Medical-Surgical Nursing
Registered nurse in New York State, License number: Certificate number:
BLS (CPR/AED) certified by American HeartAssociation on December 2013.
(Comment: This is going to be a dicey spot as you're a new grad 4 years out of school with no work experience. You may want to cut this section completely as you are going to be developing the skills below at your next place of employment. Also, you list a similar set of skills under your Clinical Experience section).
Upholds OSHA and HIPPA standards
XXX College, Associate in Science, September 2007 - May 2010.
Currently enrolled for BSN at XXXUniversity, Projected graduation date (insert here)
XXXXXX Community Hospital, Address, state (date)
XXXXXX hospital, Address, state (date)
XXXXXX hospital Address, state (date)
XXXXXX Centre Address, state (date)
Preceptorship and rotations in Psych, MedSurg, Renal, OR, Pediatrics, and Labor and Delivery units.
Provided bedside care, treatment and clinical documentation for the patients in my care.
Assisted in providing therapeutic care for psychiatric patients under supervision.
Analyzed patient ABGs, CBC and metabolic profiles.
Assisted with setting up and administering medication through patient controlled analgesia pumps.
Performed PICC line and peripheral IV dressing changes, Foley catheter insertion and removal, oral airway suction and wound dressing changes.
OK, I think I got some of the bugs out of your initial post, so it's at least readable here.
There are two major issues I see with your plan overall.
First, chances are excellent that you're not going to be allowed to volunteer
in a bedside nursing capacity. Hospitals do use volunteers, but if you want to work under your nursing license in a Med-Surg ward, then you will need to be actually hired as a paid employee by the hospital.
Second, if you want to work as a volunteer, most hospitals have volunteer applications on their website. A resume isn't typically necessary. The fact that you are a nurse doesn't matter because as a volunteer, you might be showing visitors where to go or restocking educational pamphlets on a unit, but a volunteer resume is nothing like your professional resume.
I hope this helps!