Nurse Anesthetist Cover Letter and Writing Tips

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Written by Ayana Dunn, BSN, RN Content Writer, IntelyCare
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You’ve successfully completed training for one of the most prestigious nursing specialties, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), and now it’s time to use your valuable education. Along with an excellent CRNA resume, you need an engaging nurse anesthetist cover letter to amplify the impact of your resume. Below are tips on how to write a cover letter, plus a sample that can help inspire your own.

Highlight Your Communication Skills

Ask yourself: How do I stand out as a CRNA applicant? One of the most significant ways to shine is by emphasizing your stellar communication skills. Describing how you interact with patients and coworkers shows how you contribute to their satisfaction, wellbeing, and the OR team’s values.

If you’re not sure how to demonstrate your communication skills to a hiring manager, use these questions to generate ideas:

  • Can you think of a situation in which a patient’s nonverbal cues prompted you to provide extra reassurance?
  • Have you ever had to explain a procedure to a patient?
  • Have you ever had to communicate your actions to coworkers when a sudden change must be made?
  • How have you expressed concerns before starting a procedure?

By providing concrete examples in your cover letter, you help show your employer that you’re a real person instead of a list of experiences.

Pay Attention to Detail

The seemingly little things add up to a lot. You must make sure the nuances of your CRNA cover letter make positive additions to the bigger picture instead of taking away from it. To that effect:

  • Make sure your grammar and punctuation are correct.
  • Use the first person and active voice because they make your cover letter more personable.

Additionally, try to find the hiring manager’s name so that you can include it in your nurse anesthetist cover letter. (You can look on LinkedIn for clues.) This shows you value the company enough to do your research to make a connection as soon as possible. Including the reader’s or facility’s name sets you apart from the dozens of applicants who start with “To Whom It May Concern.” Anything to get your foot in the door helps.

Emphasize Why You’re Applying to That Specific Employer

You could’ve applied anywhere, but you chose this place. Why? Is it their sterling reviews? Do their values align with your own? Let them know your reasons! This can help the reader properly assess if you’ll fit into the company culture. It also shows that you’ll be a loyal and dedicated staff member who is a pleasure to work with. This is nearly as important as your ability to do the job.

Sample Nurse Anesthetist Cover Letter

Reading examples of nursing cover letters can help you gain a better idea of how to make your own. Take a look at our sample CRNA cover letter below to see the tips described above in action.

Paul Yoon, CRNA | 555-555-5555
676 Citrine Drive
Turquoise, PA 19192

Natalia Sanchez, MSN

Amethyst Hospital | 555-555-5555
777 Diamond Ave
Sapphire, PA 19887

Dear Ms. Sanchez,

I am a detail oriented and compassionate nurse anesthetist who would be thrilled to join one of your renowned OR teams. Like Amethyst Hospital, I value integrity and transparency. It’s important for me to collaborate with an organization whose morals align with my own.

During my five years of experience as a CRNA, I’ve learned numerous valuable skills and honed my inherent gifts. For example, I’ve always been assertive. I can promptly communicate pertinent information in a professional manner. During training and on the job, I’ve learned the value of paying close attention to nuances in communication such as tone and body language.

For example, I once saw a patient nervously biting his fingers moments before the procedure. When I asked him how he was feeling, he expressed worry about suddenly waking up in the middle of the operation. I reassured him that I had more than enough experience with administering anesthesia to be certain that wouldn’t happen. I also reminded him of how pain management would be a top priority after the procedure was complete. He visibly relaxed. His gratitude for my time and kindness was incredibly fulfilling.

In addition, I can provide developmentally appropriate care because I have worked with all age ranges. Due to my experience in both hospitals and clinics, I can readily adapt to various workflows. This also makes it easier for me to understand a patient’s past surgical experiences in other settings, which augments my ability to provide empathetic care.

I appreciate you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to elaborating further in an interview.


Paul Yoon, CRNA

CRNA Salary

A CRNA’s generous salary depends on where you live, how much experience you have, and the facility that employs you. The average annual CRNA salary is $214,200. The states with the highest salaries for nurse anesthetists are:

Make Your Nurse Anesthetist Cover Letter the Best It Can Be

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