Sample “Cold” Cover Letter To A Potential Employer

This applicant is looking to transition out of the Navy and into a position as a civilian Registered Nurse.  He gained a great deal of experience with caring for trauma patients and in managing crisis situations during his time in the Navy.


645 Willow Park Road, Columbia, MO 65216 ♦ 573-875-1529 ♦


December 8, 20–

Ms. Faith Livingston, RN
Director of Nursing
Barnes Jewish Hospital
4535 Clayton Avenue, Suite #150
St. Louis, MO  63110

Dear Ms. Livingston:

In anticipation of completing my military service in May, 20–, I am pursuing non-military employment that will enable me to utilize my training and experience as a US Navy Registered Nurse.  I believe that my background and specialized training in crisis management and emergency response could be a vital asset to your nursing staff.  Being mindful of this, I have enclosed a resume that outlines my credentials for your review.

Some of the key points that you may find applicable to a nursing position in your hospital include:

  • Completing training and actively engaging in field exercises that have prepared me for deployment into combat zones.  This is pertinent to a non-military setting, because it encompasses field hospital training, nuclear and biohazard treatment, and mass casualty treatment, all of which relate to disaster and terrorist response within the community.
  • Providing care for a wide variety of patients, ranging in age from infants to senior citizens, and including infectious disease, post-operative, medical, oncology, and end-of-life scenarios.
  • Developing relationships with different cultural groups, in both clinical and social settings.  The patients that I deal with are from the complete range of ethnic and socioeconomic groupings, from enlisted personnel to flag officers and their dependents.  During my current assignment in Beijing, I have had an opportunity to experience  the local culture, and to connect with the  local people.

I feel certain that my commitment to patient care and my ability to act as an essential part of the treatment team would allow me to make a meaningful contribution to the health and care of your patients.  I would enjoy the opportunity to discuss with you how I can carry out your needs in a a clinical nursing role.  Please contact me by e-mail or telephone to arrange a mutually convenient date and time for an initial interview.

Thank you for your time and attention.  I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.


Arnold P. Walker, RN, BSN

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