hello every one! I will be applying to a Nursing program in Missoula Mt, and I just got through writing a rough draft of my cover letter, I was wondering if anyone would take some time and read it and tell me what you think? I would really appreciate any advice anyone could give me!! I am so nervous!
Getting into nursing school means everything to me - thank you to anyone who has any comments, I wont take it personally, tear it apart if you want! thanks!!!
My name is Elizabeth Ann McMakin and I am applying to the Associate of Applied Science - Practical Nursing program at The University of Montana College of Technology. I have recently finished the prerequisite credits for the program, as well as a few additional credits to help me be the best nurse that I can. I have chosen to go to the College of Technology because becoming the best nurse I can be is one of my ultimate goals in life, and the best way to achieve that goal is to continue my education at the College of Technology. In my work as a CNA, I have been priveleged to know many amazing nurses I admire. These nurses have all gotten their education at The College of Technology and I really look up to how knowledgeable they are. I would love to follow in their footsteps and study nursing at the College of Technology, so someday I can be an insiration to other young people thinking about having a career in nursing.
I have always had a deep fascination with the learning process, which I believe is a huge part of being a successful nurse. A nurse must understand the learning process well enough to effectivley teach patients about their care plans, but also must have a passionate curiosity, as the art of medicine is constantly evolving. This is one of the most exciting things to me about this rewarding profession. The more I learn, the more my curiosity grows. Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated with the human condition. I can think of no better profession to persue that will let me work so intimatley trying to improve that human condition.
I believe that I am an excellent candidate for the nursing program as evidenced by my current academic record here at The College of Technology. I have not only passed all my classes, but I have excelled. I have realized since the beginning of my journey to become a nurse the value of every class that is required, and from the first day of every single class have went into it with the attitude that I need to not only just pass the class and get a good grade, but I need to have a real understanding of the information, because I will be using this understanding when people put their trust in my knowledge to deal with their lives. This is an incredible priveledge and responsibility that I take very seriously.
I have many educational accomplishments. I have an excellent understanding of the huamn body, and have taken every opportunity available to further that understanding. I have been chosen to be a teachers assistant for Anatomy and Physiology 201 twice, and have enjoyed the preparation sessions I was able to attend as a result. In the Spring semester of 2011, I was chosen to be a Student teacher for a lab section of Anatomy and physiology, taking the HHP 448 Teaching A&P class. Teaching anatomy has allowed me to refine my teaching and leadership skills, and further cemented for me what a joy it is to share knowledge and help others better understand difficult subjects. Teaching has also helped me to be detail oriented. My class depends on me for their grade in lab, and I feel a deep responsibility to be organized and prepared. I have made lesson plans every week with extreme attention to detail so as to present the material in the most consise and understandable way possible. I have used my leadership skills to run a classroom in an effective manner and deal with conflict. I have also honed my skills at being authoritative without stepping out of the boundaries of being a student. I have learned to speak to a diverse group people with different learning styles and concerns in a diplomatic way, so I believe I have the skills to work with a wide array of patients successfully. Lastly, teaching anatomy has taught me the importance of presenting accurate information. I know that if I don't know something, it is more important to ask for help than to keep up appearances. While I was teaching an anatomy lab for 201, I also served as a teachers assistant for anatomy 202. Having received a grade over 100% in 202, I was well qualified to help others navigate through the class. This too gave me the privelage of attending prepatory sessions to further my knowledge of the human body. I could not resist the temptation to learn more. Even though I was busy teaching, I was still able to be a successful teachers assistant at the same time and I ran an open lab for 202 students, staying late on many occasions to help review for exams. Being a teacher and a TA has been one of the more rewarding experiences of my life and I look forward to using these skills in my career.
I also have many work-related accomplishments. I received my liscense to work as a certified nurse's assistant in June of 2007. I have 3 years of experience working as a CNA at Hillside Health Care Center and Hillside place. While I was a CNA, the administration put faith in me by having me train the incoming CNAs, which also helped with my leadership skills. I took this as an opportunity to advocate for the residents of the facility as best I could. I was also chosen by management to be on a committee to improve resident care. Only nine employees of the entire staff, (including non-medical staff) was chosen for their excellent care standards, and I was the only one chosen from my shift. I have always been passionate about putting the patient or resident first, and was so proud to be a part of this committee to help make any improvements necessary for the sake of the residents. I believe my experience has helped me to start understand the process of caring for others, to learn the value of working with others, and to develop stategies to deal with the stresses of working in the medical profession. I look forward to using these skills not only in The College of Technology Nursing department, but also in my future nursing career.
I truly believe that The College of Technology is the best place to start my career in nursing. I hope to be accepted into the practical nursing program and then to go on to the registered nursing program. The learning enviornment provided by The College of Technology is very inspiring. I am extremly excited to be a part of a community of scholars dedicated to expanding knowledge and excellence in patient care. I know it will be a long and rough road to my goals, and I cannot wait to get started on the challenges that await me.
I would like to thank the committee in advance for taking the time to consider my application.
Elizabeth Ann McMakin