Complete Guide toWriting a Nursing Cover Letter

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Complete Guide toWriting a Nursing Cover Letter

If you're interested in health care, we've put together a guide to nursing jobs. With our guide to writing a nursing cover letter, you'll get the job!

What is a cover letter?

Before we get further into the details of crafting a perfect nursing cover letter, it is helpful to establish the basics of what a cover letter is and how it works.

A cover letter is meant to be a letter of introduction that goes in front of your resume. Unlike resumes that are more general and dry, cover letters are supposed to be personal. They provide you with the opportunity to stand out from other applicants and explain why you would be the perfect candidate for the job.

The typical nursing cover letter contains a few essential components:

  1. A polite greeting to the person reading the letter

  2. Reasons why you want to work for that specific health care organization

  3. Examples of how your skills would satisfy the position's requirements

  4. Lists of relevant nursing experience and medical education that would help you perform the job

  5. Proof that you are knowledgeable about the hospital, office or health care facility

  6. Your signature

  7. Your contact information

Keep in mind that a cover letter is more formal and more detailed than an email. It should be more than "Hey, I heard you have an open position, and I'd like to apply." Instead, it is professionally stating your interest in the nursing job and showing how you would be an asset to the facility.

Researching a cover letter

To get the best possible results from your cover letter, you need to take the time to do plenty of research.

A good place to start is by using Google or a job hunting website to look up examples of professional cover letters for nurses. Do not copy these entirely, but use these examples to get an idea of what sort of wording, tone and style is appropriate for a nursing cover letter.

Check job sites like SimplyHired to read existing ads for nursing positions. You can get an idea of what the normal health care facility is looking for by noting common themes mentioned in these postings. For example, you may notice that a lot of nursing jobs want a candidate who improves clinical outcomes for patients' health, so you could include statistics about how many of your patients recovered in your own cover letter.

Next, you should research some cover letter templates. There are a variety of styles of cover letters out there. For nursing cover letters, it is best to pick templates that allow for a balanced blend of your skills, education, experience and personal interest in nursing.

Finally, you need to actually research the facility you are writing to by at least visiting their website. You should review the job posting itself and use a few internet searches to learn about the facility's mission, patient demographics, physicians and other important details.

Writing your cover letter

Once you have done the research, you can finally start focusing on the cover letter itself.

Formatting: A cover letter format generally follows the same basic rules. At the top, place your name and contact information. Then, add the date, followed by the name and contact information of the hiring manager or the facility. The letter itself should always start with a greeting. If you can get the name of the person who is going to be reading the letter, include it. Otherwise, start with "To whom it may concern" or "Dear hiring manager."

Then, you should move on to the opening paragraph. Explain why you are writing the letter and show that you have true passion in assisting doctors and helping patients feel better. Next, include two to three paragraphs on what you can offer to the facility before discussing why you want that specific nursing job. Include both hard skills, like knowing how to apply a wound vac machine or being able to use medical software to input patient data, and soft skills, such as the ability to calm upset patients or working well with small children.

Finally, finish with a summary of why you would be a good fit followed by a professional closing like "Sincerely" or "Yours truly" and a handwritten signature of your name.

Telling your story: A good cover letter should read like a story in which you introduce yourself, give a little background about yourself and explain why you are interested in the job. Do not be afraid to include personal details like being inspired to be a nurse after witnessing a loved one's illness. Clearly explain how your education and experience gave you your nursing skills. Remember to take a look at the nursing job ad and make sure your skills match the requirements the facility wants. Take the time to focus on achievements like:

  1. Changes you implemented that made your department work better

  2. High scores in nursing school

  3. Impressive statistics highlighting your patient care capabilities

  4. Certifications for various specializations

  5. Commendations and awards for being a good employee

You want to avoid just listing facts about yourself. You should make it clear how these experiences and achievements would benefit you if you were to fill the particular position and talk about why you want to work for that specific doctor, clinic or hospital. Bring up positive things about the facility, including their reputation for patient satisfaction or their fascinating medical advances, and explain why these things appeal to you.

Tips for standing out: The most important part of your cover letter is the first 20 words. Try to say something that is unique and allows the reader to immediately get a sense of your personality. Think about what makes your voice distinctive, such as your academic interest or sense of humor, and be sure to include your voice in your cover letter.

Try to avoid saying anything overly cliche, like "I'm a fast learner when it comes to patient care" or "Physicians praise me for thinking outside the box." You should also avoid general cover letter statements, such as "I have enclosed my resume for your consideration" or "I am applying for a nursing job at [company]."


The next step in crafting the perfect cover letter is proofreading. The importance of this step cannot be overstated. Without proofreading, your letter is likely to end up sprinkled with small mistakes that may make you look uneducated, thoughtless or unprofessional.

Printing and saving

Once you have the perfect nursing cover letter, it is time to make sure your target audience gets the letter without issues. Always be sure to save in multiple formats just in case a file gets corrupted. PDF files are always reliable, and .doc, .docx, .odt and .txt options also work well. Skip the cheap printer paper and select a high-quality paper made from 100% cotton if you want a hard copy of your letter to stand out.

Common mistakes and tips on avoiding

By now, you probably know all the basics of how to create a cover letter that presents you in the best possible light and makes you stand out from a crowd of nursing applicants. To wrap things up, we want to share a few quick tips on what not to do. If you want to craft the most effective nursing cover letter, you need to try to avoid these common issues.

Irrelevant experience: You should not waste valuable words talking about a high school internship or time spent in a completely different field. Instead, focus mainly on things you have done to further your nursing expertise.

Lack of organization: Without the defined template found in resumes, it is easy for a cover letter to end up vague and unorganized. Try drafting an outline before you start to help you stay on track and focus on your experience in the health care industry.

Not mentioning your training: Do not assume that the facility will check out your background and learn about all your certifications, licenses and training. The cover letter is your chance to brag about yourself and show you are a truly qualified nurse.

Complaining about nursing: Now is not the time to bring up things you dislike about nursing, such as long hours or rude patients. Keep your tone positive and uplifting.

Too impersonal: Though it is important to be professional, you should also try to make a personal connection with the person reading your letter. Emphasize how much you care about helping patients and your willingness to be a team player to help convey your feelings about the profession and workplace.