A graduate nurse cover letter is for a nursing student who has recently graduated from school but has not yet passed the state board exam to become a registered nurse. A graduate nurse can still find employment before passing the state board, but duties, responsibilities and salaries will be limited. It is important that a cover letter make note of any plans to take the state board exams so that a potential employer will know whether or not it is your intention to become a registered nurse. Here are a few sample graduate nurse cover letters that you can use to create your own.
Example 1 – Target to Company
This graduate nurse cover letter example is from a recent nursing school graduate who needs to work for a while to raise the money to pay for the study materials for the state board exam as well as for the exam itself. She does intend to become a registered nurse.
Dear Human Resources Director:
I have just graduated with honors from XYZ Nursing School at State University, and I am applying for a position as a graduate nurse at ABC Medical Center. I need to go ahead and start working full-time so that I can begin raising the money to purchase my study materials for the state board exam. I also need to work to pay for the actual exam as well as to begin paying off my student loans. It is my intention to take and pass my state boards and become a registered nurse within the next year.
I have always aspired to be a nurse. I feel a burden and compassion for people who are suffering from illnesses and injuries and a great desire to help them through the healing process. While in high school I took every health occupations course and advanced science course that was available. I also served as the president of the Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) my senior year.
I worked all through high school as a volunteer at ABC Medical Center. I made coffee for family members in waiting rooms and brought them water and fruit. I delivered flowers to patient rooms and wheeled discharged patients to the pick-up area. Although my duties were of the simplest sort, I became very familiar with policies and procedures in a hospital environment and I had the opportunity to talk to many nurses and ask questions about their jobs .
Enclosed are my application, my resume and a letter of recommendation from Leah Fisher, R.N., a pediatric nurse at ABC Medical Center. I hope you will consider me for a graduate nurse position knowing that I will be earning my R.N. designation soon.Should you have questions or wish to arrange a meeting I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email]
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This graduate nurse cover letter example is from an individual who graduated from a nursing school outside of her home state. She wishes to return home to obtain employment and to study and take the state board exam. She plans to become a registered nurse licensed in her home state.
Dear Human Resources Director:
My name is Carrie Martin and I recently graduated from ABC Nursing School in Michigan. Although I want to live and have a career in my home state of Wisconsin, I went to nursing school in Michigan because the school offered me a full scholarship including room, board, books, lab fees and parking pass. I graduated with top honors, but want to return to my home state of Wisconsin to take my board exams and begin my career. In the meantime, I want to go ahead and apply for a job as a graduate nurse at XYZ Medical Center in Wisconsin while I study and prepare to take my state boards to become a registered nurse.
It has always been my desire to be a nurse and serve the people in my home town of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. My family has been in Elkhorn for five generations and I love the people and the community. I plan to spend the next 6 months studying for my state boards while I work, and I plan to take the exam early next year to become a registered nurse. My mother, Judy Marti, is a charge nurse at XYZ Medical Center where she has worked for 23 years. She is one of the reasons I wish to be a nurse. I have grown up listening to her talk about how rewarding it is to work in the field of nursing and I know that I would find the same kind of joy in the profession.
Please review my attached application, resume and letter of reference from Dr. Richard Sherman at ABC Nursing School. I am available for a personal interview any time at your convenience and I can be reached on my cell phone at 55-555-5555 or via email at [email] Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This graduate nurse cover letter example is from an individual who just graduated from nursing school. He desires to move to another state with his fiancй who is continuing her education and wants to take his state board exams in the state where his fiancй will be attending graduate school.
Dear Human Resources Director:
I have just moved to North Carolina from Tennessee where I recently completed nursing school. I am responding to your ad for a graduate nurse at ABC Orthopedic Medical Center. I moved to North Carolina with my fiancй who has just been accepted into the graduate program in physical therapy at Duke University. I need to go ahead and start working as a graduate nurse while I study to take my state board exam for registered nurses in North Carolina.
The position at ABC Orthopedic Medical Center is ideal for me as my field of interest is orthopedics and I took specialty courses in that area in nursing school. I also completed an internship on the orthopedic floor at County Hospital in Tennessee last year. I have a keen interest in orthopedics and believe that is the area of nursing in which I also have the greatest skill.
I graduated with top honors from XYZ School of Nursing, also in Tennessee. Rather than taking my state boards immediately after graduating in Tennessee, it made sense to wait until I moved to North Carolina as I know I will be settling here. After my fiancй completes physical therapy school we plan to get married and she has a position waiting for her in her father’s physical therapy practice here in Durham, North Carolina.
Enclosed are my application, resume and letter of reference from Dr. Shannon O’Reilly, one of my professors in nursing school. It would be my honor and privilege to serve the patients at ABC Orthopedic Medical Center and establish a long-term career there. I hope you will consider my qualifications and contact me for an interview. I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email] I look forward to hearing from you soon.