Letter of recommendation

  1. I need to get 2 letters of recommendation for my application. I am trying to figure out who to ask. I'm pretty sure I'm going to ask my Bio instructor as I still see her in the Anatomy halls, and she still remembers my name. She was my instructor when my son was ill, and in the hospital an hour away for 6 weeks, and I still managed an A in her class. So, she knows my dedication, and commitment.

    It's the second letter I'm trying to figure out. My mom (an L&D/ICN (nicu) nurse) has told me that several of her co-workers would write one for me. My problem is that none of her co-workers really know me. Sure, they've seen me grow up, and they've seen me go through L&D with both my kids, the 1 week I was a pt. while pregnant, and the 2 weeks my son was in the intensive care nursery (Same son, different illness! Poor kid has spent over 2 months of his 5 1/2 years in 2 hospitals! But, that's a different topic.) But other than that, they don't really know me other than what my mom has told them.

    So, my question is would you ask one of the co-workers, or would you ask an old boss in a completely different industry?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Heather
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  3. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Good question.....what about your family Dr?

    I actually think that someone, like your mom's coworkers, know enough that they could write a good recommendation. Your old boss only knew you for a little bit of time. The coworkers may not know you as a best friend would, but they have seen you in best and worse times, and have heard trials and triumphs from your mom. They, I'm sure, would know if they think you can handle nursing as a career.

    Good luck in your decision, and your acceptance!


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    I need to get 2 letters of recommendation for my application. I am trying to figure out who to ask. I'm pretty sure I'm going to ask my Bio instructor as I still see her in the Anatomy halls, and she still remembers my name. She was my instructor when my son was ill, and in the hospital an hour away for 6 weeks, and I still managed an A in her class. So, she knows my dedication, and commitment.

    It's the second letter I'm trying to figure out. My mom (an L&D/ICN (nicu) nurse) has told me that several of her co-workers would write one for me. My problem is that none of her co-workers really know me. Sure, they've seen me grow up, and they've seen me go through L&D with both my kids, the 1 week I was a pt. while pregnant, and the 2 weeks my son was in the intensive care nursery (Same son, different illness! Poor kid has spent over 2 months of his 5 1/2 years in 2 hospitals! But, that's a different topic.) But other than that, they don't really know me other than what my mom has told them.

    So, my question is would you ask one of the co-workers, or would you ask an old boss in a completely different industry?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Heather
  4. by   bioniclewoman
    I have a Q about recommendation letters too. Some of the schools I want to apply to will let you get a letter from anyone but some want teachers or health care workers only. Do teachers writte these letters for student alot? I don't get how teachers can get to know a student well enough to write a letter. I have a new teacher every semester and hardly think they will remember me when it comes time to apply. I only know one person in health care and most schools want 2 to 5 recommendation letters.

    I think the letters of recommendation are stressing me more than anything and it isn't even time to apply yet. Who is everyone else getting to write their letters?
  5. by   cn2007rn
    I just applied to a school that requires 2 letters-I asked my current manager @ work and my A and P teacher from last semester.

    I figured my current manager knows my work ethic and my professional character.

    My A and P teacher knew me, she knew I worked hard in lab, and always put a lot of effort into my school work.

    I wouldn't use friends or relatives mostly because they are partial to you, I know my friends would not write a bad recommendation because they are my friends.

    I thought people who would be impartial about my character were best. I think people reviewing the applications notice who are writing the recommendation and take that person into consideration when reading them.

    Good luck with your applications and acceptances!

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