Cover letter for a nursing new grad (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a nursing new grad.”

Samples of nursing new grad cover letters

To get a nursing new grad position, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a nursing new grad cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Nursing new grad cover letters”


Mildred Ratched

Head of Recruitment

Willow View Hospital

800 S Caton Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21229

Dear Ms Ratched,

I am writing to apply for the Graduate Nurse position with Willow View Hospital. While pursuing my BS in Nursing at the University of Maryland I undertook clinical practice experience in a busy inner-city hospital just like Willow View, which reinforced my passion for delivering outstanding patient care in a challenging environment. Your reputation for excellence in patient care and as a center for surgical innovation makes Willow View the ideal place to get my nursing career off to the best start possible.

In my clinical practice experience my communication skills and ability to interpret diagnostic testing results gave me highly-scored evaluations by my preceptors, placing me in the top 10% of my class. For further training I undertook a summer externship, giving me experience in a constantly challenging ER where I worked alongside qualified staff, working off shift and weekends. This experience has built my resilience and adaptability and given me the ability to start my nursing career with confidence, and determination to constantly improve my skills. 

I have wanted to pursue a career in nursing ever since spending time in hospital as a child and seeing the crucial role nurses played in patient care. Working as a Graduate Nurse at Willow View is renowned for being challenging and an environment where only the best will thrive. This is precisely my motivation for applying for this position because my career goal is to become an outstanding RN who delivers outstanding patient care.

Can we set a time to discuss how my thorough knowledge of nursing protocols can contribute to Willow View’s glowing reputation?

Yours Sincerely, 

Lisa Wilkinson

Graduate Nurse”

Sample 2: “Nursing new grad cover letters”


[Hiring Manager’s Name]

[Hospital Address]

[City, State, Zip Code]

[Telephone No.]

[Hiring Manager’s Email]

Dear [Mr./Mrs./Ms.] [Hiring Manager’s Surname],

As a recent nursing graduate, I’m excited to submit my application for the New Grad Nurse position at your reputable hospital. I’m confident my passion for excellent patient care and improving lives will make me a strong addition to your team and an immediate asset at Mercy General.

Through my university, I had the opportunity to gain clinical practice experience at Camden Medical Center. While there, I enjoyed making a positive impact on quite a few patients and their families. Moreover, I’ve proven my dedication to building a nursing career through the following:

Earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a 3.9 GPA, graduating top of the 2020 class

Starting a blog with helpful resources for aspiring nurses that attracts more than 10,000 visitors per month

Helping organize a well-received three-day workshop for an audience of nearly 70 doctors, nurses, and administrative staff

Ultimately, I’m confident my training, dedication, and hands-on experience with patient care make me an ideal fit for the New Grad Nurse position at Mercy General.

I look forward to meeting you in person to discuss the position further. You may reach me by phone at 123 456-7895 or via email — at to arrange an interview.

Thank you for taking the time to review my application.


Sample 3: “Nursing new grad cover letters”

“Dear Dr. Billings,

Having graduated with a 3.8 GPA in BS Nursing from the University of Michigan and receiving my RN certification, I wish to continue my nursing education towards becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife.

I have completed four months of clinical work on neonatal wards prior to graduation and I wish to find a hospital with a strong track record of supporting RNs on their way to CNM certification. Your hospital stands out as a leader in the field, and I believe that I am a strong candidate for your current year’s graduate intake. My experience of infant intensive care showed me that this is the difference that I wish to make.

I am a determined student and know that working alongside my studies for my DNP will be a challenge, but I hope that the attached references from my work experience will prove that I am capable of both. Practical work experience is an invaluable companion to theoretical studies. I have been present at over fifty births and not one progressed in a manner described in any textbook.

New-grad registered nurses need to take on a broad range of duties in a variety of nursing settings and I look forward to broadening my experiences at Hawthorn General over the next couple of years. I have been commended for my organizational and communication skills – I assisted in running a 20-bed maternity ward during my last work experience placement – assuring patient care pre- and post-birth, and monitoring vitals and treatments.

I would welcome the chance to visit your hospital to understand how you provide the best care for your patients and hope that I might become a valued part of your team.


Simona Anderton”

Sample 4: “Nursing new grad cover letters”

“[Your Name]


[Phone Number]

Dear Mr. Fredrickson,

I write to you in application for the position of Nursing (New Grad) at your practice. As a recent nursing graduate with an RN from ABC College, I am enthusiastic and eager to prove myself and exceed expectations.

Throughout my studies and from my clinical experience, I have developed an in-depth knowledge of the human anatomy, handling of biohazard material, performing patient assessments, giving patient injections and treatments, sanitizing equipment and dispensing medicine.

I pride myself in organizational skills and an excellent sense of time management with the ability to prioritize tasks appropriately. I connect easily with people thanks to my interpersonal and social skills which help me engage with people from all different walks of life. I was ranked in the top 10% of my class for knowledge over nursing protocols and am excited with this opportunity to put my skills to work. My clinical supervisor has commended this understanding of the theories of nursing and the ability to connect with patients.

I am excited to bring my unique skills and expertise to work with the staff at your practice in the position of a Nursing New Grad. I am a team player who works excellently under pressure and am able to adapt to circumstances quickly and on time.

Without a doubt, I am sure that I can contribute effectively to your team with the confidence of meeting all your job requirements. I thank you for this opportunity and for considering my application. I look forward to learning more about this position and am available for an interview at your earliest convenience.


[Your Name]

[Phone Number]


Sample 5: “Nursing new grad cover letters”

“Joe Smith

Nursing Student  | | (123) 456-7890 | 123 Address St., Portland, OR 97201

January 1, 2021

Nancy Jones

Recruitment Manager

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

(310) 423-5154

Dear Ms. Jones,

During my clinicals, I was consistently recognized by my preceptor as a top-performing nursing student in my rotation. Through my team collaboration skills, high level of patient awareness, and safety prioritization I have been able to achieve more than what was expected.

As a hospital pioneering medical research and education, Cedars-Sinai is setting new standards for patient care. I know the role of Registered Nurse (I) needs someone who can handle the fast-paced, high-demand environment. I believe my skills in the areas listed below can help your team:

  • Communicator: I engage with patients in-person and on phone calls in a calm, professional manner, resolving any conflict with compassion and care.
  • Problem-Solver: Before bringing issues to my nurse manager, I do everything within my power to solve any problems that arise.
  • Adaptable: The ever-changing environment of the hospital has trained me to think on my feet and pivot with whatever comes my way.

I’m looking forward to connecting with you to talk about how my skills and strengths could benefit the team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. I’m available to talk at a time that works best with your schedule.

Best regards,

Joe Smith, RN”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of nursing new grad cover letters

How do I write a cover letter for a recent graduate with no experience?

How to Write a Cover Letter With No Experience

  • Write an attention-grabbing opening paragraph.
  • Explain why you’re the best fit for the role.
  • Describe your relevant skills.
  • Mention your top achievements.

How do you say you have no experience but are willing to learn?

Example: “I am interested in an entry-level position. I know I have much to learn, and I’m looking for an opportunity that will let me build a solid professional foundation.”

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