Graduate Nursing Cover Letter Samples

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When writing a cover letter, consider the following:

  • Why does this position appeal to you? If the answer is location or pay, consider the next level of appeal for you – is there anything else about the role that appeals to you? If not, what is it about this type of work that appeals to you?
  • How did you learn about the opportunity?
  • What specific requirements that they mention in their job description (or if applying without a posting, do you anticipate them requiring) do you fulfill?
  • How do you fulfill those requirements?
  • What steps are you going to take to follow up with the employer after sending the resume and cover letter?

How you include this information, is personal to you. However, using the following model will give you a structure for your writing. When writing your letter be sure to use the language of the job posting as many employers use “Key Word” searches to identify qualified candidates.

Your Name
Your Address
City, State, Zip Code


Employer Contact Name
Title (if you do not have a contact name, still address it to a position title)
City, State, Zip Code

Dear __________ (name, or if you don’t have a specific person address to position title):

First Paragraph. Write an engaging, professional opening that conveys your personality and interest in them. Identify what you are applying for and how you learned of the opportunity.

Second Paragraph summarizes what you have to offer the employer in relation to their requirements. If you have a job description, you want to use the specific language of the job description when possible.

When possible, you should also include why you are specifically interested in working for that employer. If you have only one sentence to convey, this can be done as a part of either the second paragraph or the closing paragraph. However, if you have more to say, it can be another paragraph.

Closing Paragraph thanks the reader(s) for their time and consideration and lets them know what your next step will be (e.g., “I will be calling you in two weeks to see if an interview is appropriate,” or “I look forward to hearing from you soon so that we can further discuss my skills and qualifications.”)

Your Name

The following is a brief job posting for an actual position, followed by a sample cover letter:

RN Bridge Program
NJ -

Job Description
The Medical Center RN Bridge Program is a comprehensive 12-week transition program for the graduate nurse entering the acute care clinical arena.
The Nursing Process is the central theme throughout the program with emphasis on assessment skills, communication, critical thinking and patient safety.

Job Requirements
New RN Graduate; CPR, New Jersey RN license

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Based on this job
In addition to focusing on assessment skills, communication, critical thinking and patient safety, it is important to focus on the Nursing Process (assessment, diagnosis, outcomes/planning, implementation, and evaluation). Key words: nursing process, assessment, communication, critical thinking, patient safety, and diagnosis, outcomes /planning, implementation, CPR, RN and evaluation.

123 Main St.
Anytown, NJ  00000

October 1, 2017

FirstName LastName
Director of Nursing
Medical Center
225 Main St.
Somewhere, NJ  00000

Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. LastName:

Nursing excellence occurs when the nursing process, patient safety and communication are paramount to a facility, and nurses experiences a supportive environment. The Medical Center’s RN Bridge Program’s 12-week transition program for graduate nurses entering the acute care clinical arena offers the opportunity for new nurses like me to start on the path to excellence from day one. This is why I am excited to apply for the RN Bridge Program as described on the Medical Center’s job opportunities board.

As you will see in my attached resume, I recently completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and will be sitting for my nurse license examination in July. Additionally, through my clinical experiences I had the opportunity to put the Nursing process – assessment, diagnosis, outcomes/planning, implementation and evaluation to work in practical settings, including medical surgical, emergency medicine, mental health, maternity, and pediatrics. I also utilized both my academic experiences and my Nurse Extern experience to hone my critical thinking skills, ability to work in a team and communication skills. Finally, my knowledge of CPR includes being certified in both Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS). I look forward to expanding upon these experiences and focusing my career to the Medical Center’s needs through the RN Bridge Program.

I am particularly excited by the Medical Center’s designation by the American Nurse Association as a Magnet Hospital and the center’s Centers for Excellence in geriatric care, as these are in keeping with my long term goals. It would be an honor to join the Medical Center’s team.

I appreciate your time and consideration. I look forward to discussing my candidacy at greater length through an interview.





Nursing cover letter sample

Need to revitalize your job search? This sample cover letter for a nurse can help give your career a healthy prognosis.

If you’re a nurse, you know the power of making a connection to others. Your cover letter should demonstrate your skills and experience, as well as your passion for nursing. To be considered for top nursing jobs, it helps to have a well-crafted cover letter. For writing tips, view this sample cover letter for a nurse, or download the nursing cover letter template in Word. 

Additionally, you can learn about health care careers and search for nursing jobs on Monster.

Nursing cover letter template

Lydia Newland, rn
Sometown, TX 55555 | (555) 555-5555 | 

July 27, 2017
Mr. Thomas Smith
Human Resources Manager
XYZ Hospital
55 Palmetto Ave.
Sometown, TX 55555

Re: Pediatric Nurse (Ref. #555555) Advertised on Monster

Dear Mr. Smith:

With nearly 10 years of experience as a pediatric nurse at ABC Children’s Hospital, I offer the proven clinical skills, healthcare knowledge and record of patient-care excellence that you are seeking for your pediatric nurse opening.
In 2007, I completed a clinical rotation at XYZ Hospital under the supervision of Sally Right, RN. The program’s exceptional pediatric program and provision of life-enriching children’s activities stood out to me. I would like to be part of this caring team.

Please consider my credentials:

  • BSN, RN and certifications in ACLS and PALS.
  • Extensive experience caring for newborns, infants and children of all ages, with a history of top-rated performance in pediatrics, NICU and PICU practice areas.
  • Proficiencies in various EMR and EHR patient records and charting systems.
  • Outstanding communication skills with colleagues, patients and families.
  • The ability to support and collaborate with members of interdisciplinary medical teams.

I share XYZ Hospital’s commitment to quality care and would welcome the chance for an interview. You can reach me at (555) 555-5555 or at I look forward to hearing from you.


Lydia Newland, RN
Enclosure: Résumé

See all sample cover letters on Monster. 

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