How to write a personal statement for nursing

Updated February 21, 2017

Although there is a shortage of nurses in the UK, gaining admission to nursing colleges or university degree courses is still quite competitive. You should therefore view your personal statement for a nursing course or job as an opportunity to distinguish yourself from the other applicants. Essentially, the personal statement will state why you want to be a nurse and why you want to attend this particular course.

Start your personal statement with an attention-grabbing personal anecdote that relates to nursing or care-giving. For example, you could talk about how nurses made a tremendous difference to your father when he was in hospital or how nurses always made you less afraid of getting your blood taken when you were a child. Make sure the anecdote is interesting and relevant.

Explain what you have done so far in life -- degrees obtained, jobs held, places visited and how they have shaped you as a person, how they have helped you to realise you want to be a nurse, and how these experiences will make you into a great nurse.

Explain any eyebrow-raising issues on your application. For example, if there were times when you were out of work or received low test scores, your personal statement is a good place to provide an explanation to the admissions committee.

Explain why you want to go to this particular college or university. Be as specific as you possibly can. It helps to do research about the history and background of the institution. For example, you could say the college has a reputation for caring about people just as much as medicine and that's why you want to study there.

Print out your statement and give it to a friend or colleague to read for feedback and to check for mistakes. Revise as necessary.

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Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."