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How to write personal statements for students nurses

Updated April 17, 2017

A personal statement is an essential part of a nursing school application. Nursing school programs can be highly competitive and the admissions board uses the statement to help make its decision. The personal statement may also be referred to as a letter of intent, a statement of purpose or a personal essay. The statement should reflect your reasons for choosing nursing and make a persuasive case that you have what it takes to flourish as a nurse in the health care industry.

Read the guidelines and directions for the statement. Pay attention to such things as the deadline for submission and the suggested word length.

Describe your personal reasons for choosing nursing as a career. Provide specific details that influenced your decision. Demonstrate a general knowledge and appreciation of nursing and the health care industry.

Discuss the personal skills and experience that demonstrate your potential as a nurse. Nurses should have good communication skills, such as the ability to listen and take in specific details, the ability to convey the information in a clear and concise manner and the ability to be an empathetic listener. Organizational skills and operating in high-pressure situations are essential as well. Commitment, patience and compassion are also important skills for nurses. Use the personal statement to convince the admissions board that you have the personal qualities and characteristic to succeed in nursing school and in a nursing career.

Discuss your ambitions and career goals. Talk about what you would like to accomplish in your nursing career, what you want to specialise in, what type of health care facility or hospital you want to work in and what future educational goals or directions you have in mind.

Include a short synopsis or summary about your personality. Include such things as hobbies, extra-curricular activities and likes and dislikes that present a general overview and portrait of your personality. This will help make a personal impression upon the admissions board and help them to see you as a real person.

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