123 Elm Street, Merrimack, NH 03054
Focus: Passionate about providing exceptional patient care as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Profile: Graduating health-care professional seeking a position in a new-graduate program as a
registered nurse. Solid grounding in nursing theories and practices in acute care medical-
surgical, pediatrics, outpatient surgery, and ICU. Excellent clinical, assessment, and decision-
making skills. Compassionate and efficient professional able to remain calm through
History: Professional excellence in providing comprehensive nursing assistance.
CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) | ABC HOSPITAL, Merrimack, NH 20xx to 20xx
Tested and charted vital signs and blood sugar levels. Provided assistance in numerous
departments, including Orthopedic Unit, ICU, and the Birthing Center. Supervised confused
patients, providing daily care, feedings, and sheet changes.
Quickly identified pain issues when patients were transferred to the X-ray table.
Recommended implementation of an inflatable mattress to improve patient comfort.
CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) | BCD MEDICAL CENTER, Merrimack, NH 20xx to 20xx
Applied comprehensive nursing abilities in the medical / surgical and critical care units.
Monitored patients’ progress, and reported changes to nurses.
Received training in 12-lead EKG, commencing and discontinuing Foley catheters, IVs,
and proper trach and vent suctioning.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing / GPA: 4.0
Graduating in December 20xx with Highest Honors.
CDE COLLEGE – Merrimack, NH
Licensure: American Heart Association Certifications
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers, 20xx
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), 20xx
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), 20xx
Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC), 20xx
References Available Upon Request
Creating a Compelling Cover Letter
A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success. When an
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Address your cover letter appropriately:
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Close your letter with a strong paragraph:
In the closing paragraph, you need to address several issues. At the very least, you need to ask for the interview
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insists on it), or your desire to relocate.
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do not mention this in your cover letter if you do not intend to follow up.
In summation, an aggressive and dynamic cover letter will help you stand out among the competition.
Remember that the goal is to market yourself – not to compose a dull biography.