Certified Nursing Assistants, as the title implies, have completed training and taken an exam which qualifies them to help in hospitals and nursing homes with supporting tasks in patient care, such as bathing, dressing, feeding, and changing bed sheets. They may also assist with some basic medical procedures, such as checking vital signs and statistics. Therefore, the most important things to emphasize in your CNA cover letter are right there in your job title: ‘Certified’ and ‘Assistant’.
Certified: Make sure the person reading your cover letter is aware that you meet the principal requirement of the position by being certified. A brief reference to your college nursing assistant course and the fact that you have completed your certification exam should suffice, since the details are in your resume. Also mention your state licensure, if you have one.
Assistant: Being an assistant means you are there to be helpful, to your patients and to your more highly-qualified colleagues. Find a way in your CNA cover letter to demonstrate your willingness to go the extra mile to make patients comfortable. If you can also show that you are ready to follow directions from supervisors and make their job easier, you will be a standout candidate.
But being an outstanding CNA is about more than this. It’s about empathizing with those under your care and communicating with them. Mention how satisfying it is to listen to and talk to your patients as you work, and your application will be placed near the top of the pile.
CNA Cover Letter Example
XX Crestview Avenue
Grapevine, TX 76088
February 4, 2014
Mr. Paul Kent
Head of Nursing
Clarkestown Aged Care Home
XX Dove Street
Grapevine, TX 76088
Dear Mr. Kent,
Advertised Position for Certified Nursing Assistant
I wish to apply for a position as Certified Nursing Assistant at the Clarkestown Aged Care Home. My resume and references are enclosed.
After completing my Nursing Assistant Vocational Course at the Holtsville Community College, I passed the certification exam and obtained my state license. Please note that I passed a special unit, Caring for the Aged, in the course of my training.
I have been in my present position in the pediatric ward at Clarkestown General Hospital for eighteen months, long enough for me to know that I have chosen a career to which I am physically and emotionally suited, and to realize that I would prefer to be working with patients in whose care I have been specially trained: seniors and the elderly.
From an early age, I helped my mother to care for my elderly grandparents, and was never happier than when I was in their company and listening to their stories. I would now like to play my part in helping medical staff with their elderly patients by relieving them of the duties I have been trained to perform.
I look forward to explaining in an interview the satisfaction I get in caring for the elderly. Please call me at 555-555-5555.
Enclosures: Resume; Reference(s)