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Research Nurse Cover Letter Examples

Ready to take your nursing skills in a different direction? This sample resume shows how experienced nurses can position themselves for jobs outside of a hospital. View and download the RN Career Changer resume template in Word.

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10 Springdale St.
Brooklyn, New York 22222
(718) 555-5555    

Dedicated RN with nearly 20 years of experience within medical-surgical settings seeking career transition into clinical nursing research. Offer a solid foundation in statistics, analytical tools and methodologies, pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures and current healthcare advancements.

Special interest in conducting clinical research trials benefiting diabetes patients. Strong background in diabetes education, with experience developing and delivering training programs to staff, community organizations and medical providers on a range of diabetes-management topics.

Operating Room Nurse
5/1998-Present, ABC HOSPITAL, New York, NY

Assist in the preparation and care of patients undergoing surgical intervention, and oversee the maintenance/sterilization of OR supplies and equipment. Anticipate needs of surgeons and surgical teams, and assist in operative procedures.

Highlights of Contributions:

  • Participated in JCAHO survey with resultant score of 95 percent with commendation. Ensured OR readiness by maintaining stringent quality standards and safety precautions.
  • Planned and executed symposium for continuing research on diabetes. Topics included new research methods, standards of treatment and the epidemiological perspective. Secured internationally renowned endocrinologists as speakers and attracted 100+ healthcare industry participants.
  • Led numerous staff development training programs and seminars. Conducted educational programs on a broad range of topics, including diabetes education and OR policies and procedures.
  • Researched and compiled daily operation reports and patient statistical data for surgical services director, director of nursing and utilization review (UR) coordinator.
  • Directed ongoing quality assurance (QA) program that met or surpassed hospital/JCAHO standards for patient and staff safety.
  • Authored study guide and orientation packet credited with improving quality and thoroughness of staff on-the-job-training (OJT) program.
  • Standardized procedures and improved efficiency of surgical room setup through major cataloging effort covering all surgical services equipment.
  • Developed first-ever, comprehensive standard operating procedures (SOPs) manual for hospital's Preoperative Staging Area.

Registered Nurse
6/1995-5/1998             , DEF HOSPITAL, Brooklyn, NY

Performed a comprehensive range of clinical functions in the 70-bed neonatal intensive care unit. Assessed patients' developmental stages and conditions, administered medications, maintained patient charts and responded to medical emergencies.

Highlights of Contributions:

  • Managed all phases of care cycle for critically ill infants. Held additional responsibility as part-time charge nurse for overseeing patient care, staff assignments, emergency response/transport and management of infant family crises.
  • Contributed to organizational growth initiatives as active member of patient education and procedural committees, along with preceptor duties instructing new residents and nurses in crisis intervention, medication administration and resuscitation.
  • Built solid, trusting relationships with staff and patient families, generating positive PR through extra efforts in care treatment and one-on-one communications.
  • Collaborated with multidisciplinary team members, working closely with physicians, nurses, technicians and therapists to formulate, implement and modify individual care plans.

6/2004, ABC Training Institute, New York, NY

  • Completed comprehensive pharmaceuticals training in the areas of FDA regulatory compliance, drug specifications, drug product stability/shelf life, principles of contemporary immunology and adverse drug events.

5/2001, Perioperative Nursing (CNOR), Denver, CO

  • Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI), CNOR certification

2/1992, Registered Nurse, New York, NY

5/1990, XYZ COLLEGE, New York, NY
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • Received consistently excellent evaluations in clinical rotations.
  • Participated in XYZ College's Nursing Student Association, National Student Nurses' Association and Future Registered Nurses Club.

6/1989, BCLS certification, New York, NY

  • BCLS certification is current

5/1989, XYZ COLLEGE, New York, NY

  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • 1/2005-Present: Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Member
Skill NameSkill LevelLast Used/Experience
Case / Patient ManagementExpertCurrently used/19 years
Clinical Research ProceduresIntermediateCurrently used/11 years
Data Collection / Analysis / ReportingIntermediateCurrently used/11 years
Data Management & DocumentationIntermediateCurrently used/11 years
Healthcare EducationExpertCurrently used/19 years
JCAHO Standards / ComplianceExpertCurrently used/19 years
Patient InterviewsExpertCurrently used/19 years
Public / Community RelationsExpertCurrently used/19 years
Public SpeakingExpertCurrently used/19 years
Quality Assurance / Quality ControlExpertCurrently used/19 years
Records MaintenanceExpertCurrently used/19 years

Excelled in early nursing career as RN/nurse team leader (2/1992 to 5/1995) and hospital staff nurse (6/1989 to 2/1992), with commendations for quality of total patient care from community/teaching hospital employers.

Known as a loyal team player with an unwavering commitment to providing quality care and preventive medicine advocacy. Available for evening/weekend shifts and willing to relocate nationally for right opportunity.


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Committed Clinical Research Nurse dedicated to implementing and overseeing various clinical research projects. Adept at maintaining accuracy through astute observation and attention to detail. Specialize in providing comprehensive clinical and administrative nursing support.

¥ Substantial understanding of clinical research processes
¥ Strong knowledge of sterilization techniques and procedures
¥ Extensive experience supervising and coordinating with staff
¥ Proficient in medical and scientific terminology
¥ Ability to simultaneously manage various tasks with accuracy
¥ Ability to organize and prioritize responsibilities
¥ Outstanding ability to maintain confidentiality
¥ Solid written and verbal communication skills

6/1/2007 – 3/1/2011
New Parkland Medical Center

¥ Provided patients with follow-up instructions after testing was completed.
¥ Prepared evaluations of research subjects and tracked follow-up results.
¥ Ensured that expenses for each project stayed within the allotted budget.
¥ Provided support for various clinical research projects and studies.
¥ Ensured that all project-related data was accurately recorded.
¥ Prepared and sterilized instruments for testings procedures.
¥ Compiled clinical data and identified any inconsistencies.
¥ Accessed previously collected data for comparisons.

¥ Provided information on research projects to patients and family members.
¥ Administered medications to subjects in accordance with physician orders.
¥ Ensured that all research project conformed to applicable standards.
¥ Compiled reports and worked to update data collection procedures.
¥ Trained in-house support staff for clinical research projects.
¥ Screened and recruited subjects for various clinical tests.
¥ Provided assistance with surgical procedures as required.

Riverside Medical Research Center
Bachelor of Science – Nursing