QLD Health Graduate Cover Letter Guide for Nursing (+ Free Template)

Last Updated, 24 June 2024
Written by <a href="https://www.resumestoimpress.com.au/career-resources/author/nic/" target="_self">Nicole Wren</a>

Written by Nicole Wren

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QLD Health Graduate Cover Letter Guide for Nursing (+ Free Template)

by | Jun 24, 2024 | Examples, Writing Advice

Applications for 2025 Queensland Health nursing graduate programs open on Friday, 28th June 2024. A critical element of your application is your cover letter (you won’t need to develop a targeted resume, since your resume information is submitted into an online form).

To give yourself the best chance of getting a spot in this competitive program (at your preferred location ad in your preferred clinical specialty), you’ll need to ensure your QLD Health graduate cover letter makes the best impression possible. We provide advice on how to do that and include a free downloadable template.

Eligibility Criteria

Before you start writing, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for the Queensland Health’s nursing graduate programs:

  • Citizenship and Residency: You must hold Australian citizenship, Australian permanent residency, New Zealand citizenship (with a subclass 444 Special Category Visa or right to be granted), or a visa with non-employer sponsored work rights.
  • Registration: Be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), including all necessary documentation and identity checks.
  • Recent Graduation: Graduated within the past 2 years (between July 2022 to July 2024) from your first undergraduate nursing degree, midwifery degree, or graduate-entry Master of Nursing or Master of Midwifery. Or be due to complete your qualification by December 2024.
  • Work Experience: At the time of application submission, you shouldn’t have worked as a registered nurse or midwife for more than 960 hours (equivalent to 6 months full-time) since qualifying in the relevant qualification. Exceptions apply if you are working in certain non-government health sectors, where you can work up to 1,976 hours (equivalent to 1 year full-time).

Why Your Qld Health Graduate Cover Letter Matters

The cover letter is a vital part of your application for Qld Health’s graduate programs. It’s your chance to convey your enthusiasm, showcase your skills, and explain why you are the perfect fit for the role. Your cover letter should outline your motivation for applying, your passion for the profession, and what you’ll bring to the team.

Here’s how you can make your cover letter count.

Writing Your Cover Letter

Format Your Cover Letter Correctly

Our free Queensland Health graduate cover letter template provides a start. Your cover letter should be one A4 page in length, with standard fonts and margins.

Start with a Strong Introduction

Begin with a brief introduction about yourself and why you’re writing. Mention the HHS you’re applying for as a first preference and your interest in it. Your cover letter might be viewed by more than one HHS, and so it’s important to demonstrate some flexibility within this.

Highlight Your Skills and Experience

Discuss your relevant skills, experience, and qualifications. Think about two or three key points from your resume and explain how they make you a great fit for the role. Give examples of your skills or mention how you’ve used them in practical settings.

Showcase Your Enthusiasm

Your cover letter should reflect your passion for the profession and your eagerness to contribute to Qld Health. Explain why you are particularly interested in their graduate program and how you align with their values and goals.

Conclude Confidently

Wrap up your letter by expressing your desire for an interview and noting that your resume is attached. Reiterate your enthusiasm for the opportunity and your readiness to bring your skills to their team.

Need Help? We’ve Got You Covered.

Writing a winning cover letter can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. Our team of experts specialises in writing cover letters tailored to Nursing graduate programs Qld, with extensive experience preparing these letters for applicants and presenting at Queensland nursing forums (including Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union). With our guidance, you can ensure your cover letter meets all the necessary criteria and truly showcases your potential.

Join Queensland Health Webinars for More Insights

To further prepare for your application, consider joining Queensland Health’s upcoming webinars. These sessions offer valuable advice from recruiting managers and insights into the graduate program.

Prepare to Succeed – An Introduction to the Nurse and Midwife Graduate Program

  • Format: Teams webinar [40 minutes]
  • Date: Wednesday 3 July 2024, 3pm

Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Opportunities for First Nations Applicants

  • Format: Teams webinar [40 minutes]
  • Date: Thursday 4 July 2024, 3pm

Graduate Nursing Opportunities – Ask Our Panel Anything

  • Format: Teams webinar [40 minutes]
  • Date: Wednesday 10 July 2024, 3pm

Graduate Midwifery Opportunities – Ask Us Anything

  • Format: Teams webinar [40 minutes]
  • Date: Thursday 11 July 2024, 3pm

Get in Touch

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to start your career with Queensland Health on the right foot. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Nicole Wren

Nicole Wren

Senior Writer

Nicole is the principal resume writer at Resumes to Impress. Nicole loves writing and sharing her knowledge about all things job hunting and career guidance.

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