Writing your personal statement will take time, effort and several revisions before you can submit it, so don’t leave it right up until the deadline to start work on it.
A personal statement should be just that - personal.
Any employer, or university in particular, could check your statement using specialist plagiarism software that detects whether or not you’ve directly lifted text from someone else. If they discover you have copied someone else’s work, you could be rejected by that university or employer for this or any future place.
So, the message is, make it personal to you. Writing a high quality nursing personal statement can be difficult, but we’ve broken it down into manageable sections below.
Start With Who You Are
Your personal statement is your chance to talk directly to the course admissions officer about who you are, what motivates you, and why you should be chosen for a place in the branch of nursing you’ve applied for.
You should demonstrate your knowledge of nursing and the healthcare industry in accordance with your level of education and experience. For example, if you’ve never worked in healthcare before, you should show that you’ve researched the role of a nurse and some of the tasks involved with it. You should show that you know what the day to day routine can be like and how you're suited to it.
If you've worked in healthcare, you can definitely give details of your experiences to back up your reasons for applying. Be specific about how your work has affected your decision to apply and why you feel suited to progressing your career in nursing. Give practical examples of your interactions with nurses, and how they may have influenced your decision to apply.
Relevant Experience And Skills
Everyone has skills and experience that can be applied in a nursing environment, even if they weren’t acquired in a healthcare setting.
Here are some examples of skills and qualities that can be applied in nursing:
Relevant nursing experience can also come from family situations. If you’ve cared for someone in any way at all, then you can definitely use this to back up your statement.
Try to avoid rambling if you’re going to do this, be concise about the tasks you undertook and how it has helped you develop as a person and as a potential student nurse.
Your Ambitions And Career Goals In Nursing
The competition for nursing course places in every branch at every university is fierce, and consequently they want to ensure the places go to candidates who genuinely want to become a nurse, and are motivated to pursue their career in nursing.
Even if you don’t have a specific nursing role you would like to attain in your career, you should go into some detail about what sort of environment you could see yourself working in.
For example if you’re applying for children’s nursing then your ambition should be focussed around children and the age group you could see yourself working with. It may be that you want to focus on neonates in SCBU or childhood diabetes, but either way you should detail some of the professional development you might need in order to achieve your goals.
Things To Watch Out For
Check any documentation from the university to see if there is a word limit set for a personal statement. You don’t want to risk your application not being considered because your personal statement is too long.
Make sure your application is sent before the deadline; the earlier the better. This means you need to start work on your personal statement as soon as you decide to apply. It’s by far the most time consuming part of the application process, and it will undoubtedly require revisions prior to submission.
Don’t feel you have to write in a ‘forced’ way. It’s easy to feel insecure if you don’t feel you can write well, but it’s worse if you feel you have to write in an unfamiliar way just to sound more academic.
It’s important it comes from you and your experiences, and if you can get the reader interested in you as a person from the very beginning, you’ll be in with a better chance of getting an interview.
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"My ambition from secondary school onwards has always been to become a practising nurse who makes a real and positive change to peoples lives. I have been attracted to the profession for two main reasons, firstly I’ve always had a interest in caring for people and liked the thought of working in a large hospital environment where I can be involved in the hands on medical treatment of patients. Secondly because I know its a financially rewarding and secure career where there are many employment opportunities for graduates in both the NHS and private sectors.
Although I understand that nursing can be a very demanding profession I feel it can also be a very satisfying one where you have the chance to enhance people's lives during their times of need. After all the hard work I put into my degree course and training I look forward to being rewarded with a exciting career that will give me excellent benefits, flexible working practices and plenty of scope for progression.
I’m a sociable person and feel that I have the correct mental attitude, personality and social skills which are required to communicate effectively with patients of all ages and backgrounds. Through my recent work placement I have experienced the stresses and strains of working in a variety of healthcare settings and I was told by my peers that I had coped quiet well with them. It was over the summer months that I was fortunate enough to have obtained a placement at a local health centre where I shadowed professional nurses and assisted them in minor non medical ways. During this period I was mentored and got to see a vast range of patients in a multitude of different settings including their homes. This real live experience in a clinical practise gave me a new perspective on the medical sector and confirmed to me that I had made the right career choice.
Right now I feel that I am ready to enrol on a degree course and have spent the last few weeks looking for one that will give me the skills needed to work in the modern health service. I want to learn nursing from both a clinical and business perspective and I feel your university course is best positioned to offer me this."
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