CNA Reference and Recommendation Letter: 2 Samples

Updated: January 24, 2023

Many employers or nursing schools ask CNAs or Nursing Assistants to provide a letter of recommendation from their previous employer.

Writing a letter of recommendation for a Certified Nursing Assistant seems a tedious task, but, being a supervisor you have to write it.

Keep in mind that this letter is critical for the career development of your former employee or student.

The best reference letters are positive and sincere and focus on the most relevant abilities and skills of the Nursing Assistant that will be beneficial for the prospective employer.

The following 2 sample letters of reference and recommendation for a certified nursing assistant will help you write a good one.


October 28, 2021

To Whom It May Concern

This letter is my sincere recommendation for Sara Chris who has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at ABC Hospital for three years. As her immediate supervisor, I found her an active and driven individual who performs all assignments and patient care activities with devotion and a smile.

Besides being friendly and compassionate, Sara can take control of emergency situations and present creative ideas regarding personal care and hygiene issues. She has developed several ADL plans for our hospital that resulted in increased patient satisfaction.

Specifically, she is very expert in:

  • Answering signal lights to resolve patient needs
  • Helping in bathing and dressing patients
  • Providing and collecting food trays
  • Feeding patients who require assistance
  • Transporting patients
  • Helping patients exercise and walk
  • Accurately taking and recording vital signs

Sara was a proven asset to our hospital, and she has the ability to make the most of her potential anywhere she works.

I highly recommend Sara for employment at your facility and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. If you need further information about her, you may reach me via phone or email address.


(Sign here)

Cathy Johnson
Registered Nurse
ABC Hospital
42 New Street, Austin, TX
Phone: (000) 932-8741

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January 24, 2023

To Whom It May Concern

I am writing to recommend Anna Johnson who is applying for the CNA position at AAA Maternity Clinic. In my capacity as a Registered Nurse at St. Louis Community Hospital, I supervised her for 3 years. Anna worked for our clinic as a nursing aide from 2020 to 2023.

Anna has numerous strengths to offer. For instance, she is a very responsible and sympathetic individual. Throughout her work at St. Louis Community Hospital, Anna distinguished herself as an outstanding nursing assistant among the entire staff. She consistently provided safe and compassionate care to our residents and their families.

She was always enthusiastic to go a step ahead of what was expected of her. Consequently, she made a lot of excellent connections with our residents and their families. Not to mention, Anna maintained strong professional relationships with the staff and had a superb attendance record.

I would strongly recommend Anna for the position of Nursing Assistant at your Clinic. If her performance at St. Louis Community Hospital is any indication of how she would perform as a nursing assistant, I guarantee Anna will be a positive addition to your staff.

I wish Anna all the best in her future endeavors. If you want me to provide any further information about her, please feel free to call or email me.


(Sign here)

Christine Parker
Registered Nurse
St. Louis Community Hospital
333 Example Road, Houston, TX 66366
Phone: (999) 999-9999
Email: [Email Address]

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