Thankyou very much for the response, i had not heard of the blended resume before but it seems similar to what I did, because I want to emphasize my skills but not de-emphasize my experience. I will put my skills in categories with headings such as -
Assisting with activities of daily living
Contributions to enhancing the working environment
Team working skills and communication
Client assessment and planning care
and under each heading put the key skills I have developed in each heading.
Then the professional experience (dates, workplace, position held, promotions, brief description about the type of place e.g 34 bedded emergancy surgery ward) then just list healthcare related education education.
when you say Long Term Acute Hospitals (LTAC) do you mean places like lifecare hospitals of Chester county, if so I have them on my list of people to send resumes. I have list of all the hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals, long term acute care hospitals and short term rehabilitation homes in the area and plan to email them nearer the time with resumes. I will have resumes slightly different obviously as what is appropriate for a hosiptal will not be for a nursing home (e.g "working together to promote a prompt and safe discharge" may sound good to the hospital but irrelevant to the long term nursing home). And I am researching all the places I will email so I aim the cover letter at them by considering their missions and values.
This is the 1st draft of my cover letter, I would welcome any feedback:
Subject Line = Certified Nursing Assistant – xxxxxxxxx
Dear Sir or Madam/??????????????/Hiring Manager/HR manager
I would like to express my interest in a position as a Certified Nursing Assistant with you. (((((((something about the place that I am emailing))))))))))))))
I am ………………….(something related to their value/vision)
a reliable, client driven, hard-working professional who strives on giving the best possible individualized care as if they were a member of my own family.
I am English and married to a US citizen, I am awaiting spouse visa processing to be with him as a legal permanent resident and as a result I am aiming to be emigrating to the West Chester, PA area in around ???????? When I arrive I will be eligible to work upon entry to the united states.
I have over 11 years’ experience in the healthcare field with no gaps in employment in England and this includes numerous healthcare training and professional experience within the acute care and the long term care setting.
I have been qualified as a Registered Nurse for over 3 years but during the process leading up to immigration I have had a CGFNS credentials review and discovered that I am short of theory hours in midwifery and paediatrics for a PA RN licence but I plan to pursue additional education hours to be eligible take the NCLEX exam when I am settled.
Prior to qualifying as an RN I had 8 years’ experience as a Nursing Assistant with experience in the acute care setting and long term care setting during which time I completed an NVQ Level 3 in Care among passing other qualifications for Care Workers. This is why I am seeking a position as a CNA with you as I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than looking after people.
I believe that my professional attitude, experience, skills and training can prove invaluable to your hospital / long term care facility / nursing and rehabilitation center / rehabilitation hospital as it can help enhance the care provided to your clients therefore enhancing their experience and helping you receive your goal of………………………..
As I have experience as a registered nurse I am aware that I can apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education PDE 4328 to be eligible to sit a Certified Nursing Assistant exam without doing a specific training course. I would like to sit the exam as soon as it is possible meaning I would potentially be registered quicker than someone who had yet to do the training course. If you were to consider me as an eligible candidate for this position would I be able to begin working for you when I have received approval from the department on education while I prepare to sit the exam if I take and pass the exam within a set time frame?
Being a registered nurse in England shows that I have potential to progress my career further to become a registered nurse again in the future. This is without the added time and cost of attending nursing schools for a number of years and could then serve you further still.
I have attached a copy of my resume and would appreciate any feedback that you wish to offer. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.
Thankyou for your time and consideration