How To Write a Resume & Cover letter While in Nursing School

While the demand for nurses is high, the competition is intense. It can be very difficult to get noticed when applying for a nursing position. A well-built, easy-to-read resume is essential, and should be accompanied by a cover letter that is sure to get the human resource’s attention. Remember that your cover letter should not be a summary of your resume, but it should be customized to the needs of the specific hospital or what ever type of facility in which you are applying.

Below is a sample resume from a nursing school student with little experience in the medical field. If you do not have any medical experience, then the focus should be on whatever skills you do have. Hospitals are patient and community focused so emphasizing on your community clinicals is key. Also listed is a sample cover letter that is directed towards a nursing position while a student is still attending nursing school.

Nursing Student

1234 School Lane

Farmville, FL 32222

(904) 555-5555


Obtain an entry level position in the medical intensive care unit.


Nursing School, Farmville, FL

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Farmville Community College, Farmville, FL

Associate in Arts

July 2010 


May 2008


Basic Life Support CPR & AED program



Employment History

Farmville Hospital, Farmville, FL, Patient Care Tech, 2008-Present

  • Provide selected patient care activities delegated by a Registered Nurse
  • IV removal
  • Foley catheter insertion/removal
  • Collect specimens
  • Obtain vital signs
  • Monitoring & maintaining a clean safe environment for patients

Security Services, Farmnville, FL, Emergency Dispatch Operator, 2000-2007

  • Call on emergency fire, burglar, medical and panic alarms for business and residential alarm systems
  • Communicate effectively with customers and employer


Community Service

Farmville Senior Center                                                           May                2009

Mission House                                                                      January 2007-2008

Atlantic Senior Center                                                         February 2005-2007


Nursing Student
1234 School Lane
Farmville, FL 32222
(904) 555-5555
26th June, 2010

Jack Nicholson
Human Resources, ABC Hospital
123 North Avon Parkway
Farmville, FL 32222
(904) 555-5555

Dear Mr. Nicholson,

As per your advertise in the Farmville Times I am interested in the position for a Medical-Intensive Care Unit nurse at ABC Hospital. I am a graduate in Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern University in Nursing. I am expecting to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam the week of 1st July, 2010.

With Medical-Intensive Care Unit patients I will enjoy my work. I am having one of my clinical rotations in your hospital on Unit 4North. I would like to join the diligent team of nurses that I met. In your hospital I found that excellent care was taken by nurses and also the nursing staff is well satisfied with the administration and the work environment.

I have a special interest in critical care and patient education. I have worked at Farmville hospital as a Nurse’s Aide for 2 years while I was in nursing school and I also have several years of customer service experience.

I have enclosed a copy of my resume with this letter. I am looking forward for an interview with you to discuss my education and experience. Please contact me at (904) 555-5555 or at the address above. Thank you for your attention and consideration.


Nursing Student

Enclosure Resume.





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