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Cover Letter Example
[Number, Street Name]
[New York, NY 93872]
[October 10, 2020]
[New York Hospital]
[Number, Street Name]
[New York, NY 38278]
Dear Mr. Gates,
It is with great pleasure to submit my application for the Graduate Nurse position advertised on [URL] at [New York Hospital]. While pursuing my MS in nursing at the New York University, I gained clinical work experience at [Ambulatory Surgery Center X]. In this cover letter, I will elaborate on my qualifications to work in a fast-paced environment and motivation for this growth oriented position.
To shortly introduce myself, my name is [Dylan Westwood] and I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Nursing & Health with an expected completion date of August 2021. I regularly read through articles from the [New York Nurses Association Journal] on solutions to healthcare disparities and the role of nurses in healthcare quality. I noticed [NYH’s] excellence in patient care, on-the-job training and professional development. The prospect of working in an environment that is both personally and professionally fulfilling happens to be exactly what I search for in my career path.
As a third-year student, I participated in a summer externship to perform medical procedures in a real-world clinical setting. I improved my interpersonal skills by working alongside qualified medical specialists, and collected data to assist a preceptor in creating a plan of care. During my internship at [ASCX], I was responsible for providing patient care on a surgery unit with 50 surgical beds and 7:1 patient to nurse ratio. In these months, I established a track record for efficiency by completing assigned tasks 15% ahead of schedule with 85%+ accuracy as judged by the clinical preceptor. I received recognition for these results (see references).
While my attached resume will give you an outline of my abilities, a personal interview allows me to explain how I can contribute to daily operations at [NYH]. I am excited about the prospect to discuss my candidacy. You can reach me at [Phone number] if you need additional information.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Writing Tips For New Grad Nursing Jobs
- Pick a font and font size that is easy to read. For example, ‘Calibri’, ‘Arial’ or ‘Times New Roman’ with a 10- to 12-point font size is most suitable. Avoid using fancy fonts like, ‘Comic Sans’, fonts in script or handwriting-style. Make sure your font and font size matches your CV. In addition, keep a word count of around 300 to 400 words, stick to a one page document and divide your cover letter into 4 paragraphs.
- Distinguish two styles: American and British English cover letters. The letter on this page is an American English example, but in the Youtube-video you’ll find the differences between the two styles.
- Choose a proper greeting for your cover letter. For example, ‘Dear Mr. Gates,’ or ‘Dear Ms. Gates,’. Don’t use ‘Mrs.’ as the abbreviation, unless you know that the contact person is a married woman. If you are unsure about the reader’s gender, then you need to write the full name as in: ‘Dear Ash Gates,’. If you write to an unknown recipient, then I’d advise you to write ‘Dear Hiring Manager,’.
- Don’t list your personal traits and qualifications like you do in your resume, but instead provide context. For example, employers need nursing students with wound-dressing skills. If you claim to obtain this skill, then you need to substantiate this statement with real life achievements, preferably in measurable results.
- Choose a proper closing salutation for your cover letter. For example, “Kind regards”, “Best regards,” or “Sincerely,”. “Yours sincerely” is British, and Americans tend to reverse the order and write “Sincerely yours,”. Nowadays, “Sincerely” is a common and an acceptable close for American cover letters. You can also write “Yours faithfully”, which can be used when the recipient is not addressed by name like in, “Dear Hiring Manager”. It is a British usage. “Yours truly,” is the American equivalent.