Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) are valued for their skills in healthcare collaboration, prioritization, and attentive patient support. But how to translate these broad strengths into a specific and compelling cover letter for your job search?

The following guide can help you home in on the best details for your LVN cover letter. Below are three cover letter examples and three strategies that make them successful.

NOTE: For job seekers outside Texas or California, employers refer to this role as Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

LVN Cover Letter Examples and Templates

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LVN Cover Letter Tips

Below are three tips you should follow in working on your cover letter, along with examples to show them in action:

1. Highlight your related experience

LVNs work in a variety of healthcare settings, from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities to doctors’ offices. What environments have you worked in, and does that align with the place you’re applying to? If so, point that out from the get-go on your cover letter. Doing so will help distinguish your application from other candidates with less related experience.

Example


Dear Mr. Morris:

As an LVN at a regional hospital, I’ve achieved zero medication errors and a 97 percent scan rate during my three years. I am interested in delivering the same level of care at your hospital.

2. Pinpoint your top skills

LVNs are often valued for their skills in collaboration, prioritization, and alertness to health changes. If one or more of these skills overlap with your background, highlight them on your cover letter. Often, they make for strong bullet points, as in the examples on this page.

3. Use action verbs to make them stand out

But once you’ve determined a skill you want to highlight, it isn’t enough to state it as a noun phrase, “Strong collaboration skills,” or adjective, “I’m very collaborative”. For the point to work on your cover letter, you need to first switch it to a verb (“I collaborate”). When you do this, often, the verb form will naturally pose new questions that are useful for you to answer. In this case, with whom do you collaborate? And to what end? By spelling out these answers, you can develop a much stronger, more specific new line for your cover letter.

Example


Teamwork has been a key focus of my career thus far — nothing motivates me more than working together with other LVNs to improve geriatric patients’ quality of life.

LVN Text-Only Cover Letters

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  • Example #3

Allison Rosenberg
123 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Mr. Caleb Morris
Hiring Manager
XYZ Hospital
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]

Dear Mr. Morris:

As an LVN at a regional hospital, I’ve achieved zero medication errors and a 97 percent scan rate during my three years. I am interested in delivering the same level of care at your hospital.

Your job posting intrigued me, especially the statement that the LVN must “truly understand and achieve accuracy in medication administration.” I have an excellent safety record based on my diligence in confirming the correct route and dosage for every medication I’m assigned to provide. My background and strengths include:

  • Thorough experience working with and under direction of RNs to conduct essential healthcare procedures such as starting IVs, taking vital signs, and inserting NG tubes
  • Expertly manage workflow and prioritize many delegated tasks in a fast-paced healthcare setting. Praised for always keeping a clear view of the most important next step in patient care
  • Pinpoint and escalate new health issues and changes, adding to the RN’s overall insight on the patient and provider’s grasp of necessary changes in prescriptions

This is just a sample of the nursing skills I offer. I look forward to potentially telling you more about how I can help your organization, and I am available to talk at your convenience.

Sincerely,
Allison Rosenberg

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