nursing cover letter with lack of references and termination

  1. I would like to know if a cover letter written like this make sense? I want to be upfront and avoid having to explain again during the interview. I know about the spelling error and will correct it later. There may be grammar error but I will correct it if I can catch it. Thanks
    I only have one year nursing experience, mostly causual shifts, and sometimes my references is not reliable? I dunno.

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    This letter is an application for a RPN position at any one of your nursing homes. If your company's policy for potential RPN employees requires more than one year of nursing work exprience and more than one professional refernce, then please disregard this letter as I do not have the presiquets.

    According to CNO, I cannot use the title RPN because my 2005 registration has been suspensed for non-payment of annual fees. If you look through my resume, you will notice that I have not work as a RPN since December 2003. I have renewed the 2004 registration, but I could not find work in the 2004 year and had no income left to pay for the 2005 registration. I had been terminated from my first and last nursing job because I failed to renew the 2003 tempatory registation into the 2003 general registation before the end of 2003 as per contract. I decided to quit at that time because of the loss and inability to get transportation to work. Currently I am able to arrange transportation to work again. I beleive I can reinstate my year 2005 membership with the CNO within a reasonable amount of time and to go to First Aid/CPR courses if a written conditional employment offer has been received.

    I will include the contact persons who may be able to serve as a reference for you to contact ahead of time before deciding to arrange for an interview.
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  3. by   Nurse Ratched
    My feeling is that you'll never get in the door if you put all that in your cover letter. It's a LOT of info that is going to confuse and send red flags up. Can you wait until a call to give this detailed info to a person?
  4. by   austin heart
    Quote from Nurse Ratched
    My feeling is that you'll never get in the door if you put all that in your cover letter. It's a LOT of info that is going to confuse and send red flags up. Can you wait until a call to give this detailed info to a person?
    I agree it. It makes you sound flakey and unreliable. I would personally wait to explain all that in an interview. It would probably come off sounding better in a face to face interiew where you can explain the situations better.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I agree with excluding this information in the cover letter. Be positive and persuasive with it - the time for the honesty is later on in the hiring game.
  6. by   fergus51
    You should renew your CNO membership before looking for work. Borrow money or work at MacDonalds to pay for it if you have to, but I can't see anyone taking your application seriously until you do.
  7. by   live4today
    I agree. A cover letter is not the place to put that information. It's best to wait until you are asked for it during an interview. Good luck to you.
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    I agree with the others...........I've been in positions where I hired and fired people, and to be honest I'd have put your cover letter in the circular file, along with any application materials. You've got a lot of stuff to set straight before you even THINK about working in nursing again. Good luck to you......you're going to need it.
  9. by   nurse_1098
    Quote from kocoman
    I would like to know if a cover letter written like this make sense?
    As the others stated, no. Way the heck too much info ... you'll never make it to an interview with this as a cover letter.
  10. by   lady_jezebel
    Please tell me you're kidding! Sorry, but do NOT use that as a cover letter. The purpose of a cover letter is to sell your strengths & clarify exactly what you're looking for. It's not meant to be an apologetic or defensive statement. Please get career counseling @ the school from which you graduated -- they can look over your resume & help you compose a much more effective letter!
  11. by   nurse_ange1
    Please do your self a favor and get your CNO registration issue cleared up. Then get some career couseling along with some financial counseling. Both of which should be free.

    Regarding your references... You're telling us only one person in the whole world can vouch for you? What about former a profs or Preceptor? Unless you have some serious practice issues which is a whole nother matter, I don't see why these would not be reasonable references you can ask.

    Best of luck in your search for gainful employment. PS many online job sites offer tips and hints for both resumes and cover letters. Hope this helps.
  12. by   OntCaRPN
    Employers are getting to be absolutely 'no nonsense' about registration. Even tho' we were very short staffed at the deadline, nurses without their new registration were told to stay home until it came. No new slip, no work.
    Get your registration first, please.
  13. by   pebbles
    Cover letter should talk about what you ARE. NOt what you aren't.
    Why advertise your shortcomings? The cover letter is supposed to make you seem like a good choice for an employee.

    It's meant to catch the eye of the manager, so and give an introduction before you've met in person.

    It's hard to write a cover letter though, when all you might have written is papers while you're in school.... Good luck!
  14. by   Princess74
    I agree with the others. TMI! If I were to recieve a cover letter like that the first thing I'd think of would be to run, it makes you sound horrible. Stop second guessing your self and think positive. You NEED a positive cover letter. It sounds like you have really had some serious issues with your career. Get some councling, renew your license and maybe even take a refresher course or two. Doing those thing will make you feel more confidient in yourself. Then write a cover letter about the positive qualities you have to offer. I wish you luck!
    Last edit by Princess74 on Jun 4, '05

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