CNA Cover Letter Writing Tips and Sample

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Written by Ayana Dunn, BSN, RN Content Writer, IntelyCare
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A certified nursing assistant (CNA) supports nurses by taking responsibility for patient activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding, and toileting. They are most often employed at hospitals and facilities specializing in geriatric care. Like other positions in healthcare, the expected job growth over the next decade is promising. Learning how to write an impressive CNA cover letter that highlights your skills can give you an advantage over the other applicants when you apply to CNA jobs.

Do your best to add personal touches, such as the manger’s name and useful facts about the facility that lets the reader know you’ve done your homework on them. This makes your cover letter stand out in comparison to the many who don’t take the time to include these nuances. You don’t simply want a position, but a position with this company. Explain, for example, why their company culture or community outreach programs make you want to work with them over similar facilities. This shows your respect and commitment to their team.

You can still write a strong CNA cover letter even if you have no experience. Emphasize tasks you’ve completed during your clinical rotations. Include numerical data such as your patient load or the number of times you’ve performed certain tasks. This exhibits your competency and how much work you can manage comfortably. It can get you one step closer to securing a CNA job interview.

CNA Cover Letter Example

Below is an example of a CNA cover letter template for an entry-level position at a long-term care facility. You can use this as inspiration for your own:

Lela Stewart, CNA | 555-555-5555 |
610 Flower Dr.
Upper Darby, PA 18989


Ramon Bienvenido, MSN
Manor House | 555-555-5555
777 Rocky Road Ave
Aston, PA 19192

Dear Mr. Bienvenido,

I am writing in regard to your certified nursing assistant position at Manor House. I am an empathetic and driven individual who prioritizes the health, safety, and comfort of my patients. Manor House has a wonderful reputation for compassionate and quality care, and I would be honored to be a part of your team. My patient care skills and ability to learn quickly make me a great fit for this position.

Despite being a recent graduate of my nursing assistant program, I have plenty of experience providing patient care for the elderly. Before enrolling in the nursing assistant program, I worked at Plush Mills Nursing Home as a dietary aid serving over 300 patients for three years and volunteered for their activities department during that time. These experiences allowed me to gain knowledge and skills and gave me an understanding of the needs of elderly patients.

During my clinical rotations, I helped with activities of daily living such as feeding, grooming, and bathing at least 20 patients each day. I also have experience with transferring patients to different positions by myself, with help, and by using mechanical lifts. I assist the nurses with their daily tasks and communicate any physical and mental patient changes as needed.

I appreciate your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you in person so I can learn more about Manor House. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.


Lela Stewart

CNA Salary and Employment

The median salary for CNAs in the United States is $30,290 per year. The metropolitan areas with the highest level of employment for nursing assistants are:

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Now that you’ve learned what a good CNA cover letter looks like, you can impress your next employer with your personality and experience before you even meet them. Ready to get started? Check out all the great CNA jobs available right now and apply today.