Case Study Endorsed Enrolled Nurse – Resume and Cover Letter addressing Key Selection Criteria by Jennifer C.


This client was seeking a nursing position within her community in Sydney’s inner west. With an 85-year history, Sydney Private Hospital has an enviable reputation as a leading rehabilitation centre and is an ideal workplace for our client. Key aspects of the role are to provide safe and efficient nursing care specific to each patient’s clinical, physical and psych-social needs; assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care in conjunction with comprehensive care plans; and supervise the health, safety, nutrition, hygiene and comfort of the patient.

This application calls for a succinct, three-page resume and a detailed cover letter in which each of the following Key Selection Criteria were to be addressed:

  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrated effective organisational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communications skills and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development

To put together this application, I carefully reviewed the client’s lengthy existing resume to craft a tailored and succinct document highlighting her individual strengths and special brand of compassion that are features of her nursing practice. Engaging the client in a discussion of the memorable moments of her long career bought forward many examples that could be applied to the key selection criteria. Taking time to identify a clear Situation, Task, Action and Result for each example enabled me to put together the responses using the STAR model within the context of a cover letter. With a limit of two pages, I carefully crafted these examples within strict word limits.

As a result of thoroughly preparing by familiarising myself with all background material the consultation was a delightful and productive experience. I am confident that the client presents as a strong applicant for this role in the final documents and that we have assisted her considerably to increase the likelihood that she will be called in for an interview.

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