Ucas Personal Statement Sample Nursing Notes
Nursing Personal Statement
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I have not always wanted to be a nurse. My grandmother was a nurse, and she would regale me with stories of the past that far from inspired me - at the time. Coupled with reading about nursing in the media, pursuing a career in this profession was not on my agenda.
However, when I was 13, my life changed forever, and it was then I could clearly see that this was the vocation, which is what I believe nursing is, I simply had to follow.
My younger brother was diagnosed with Leukaemia, aged just eight. I watched on helplessly as he battled the disease, going through painful treatment and missing out on the trivial trials and tribulations of childhood. During his long stays in hospital, I would sit with him and watch the nurses as they fussed over him, cared for him and made him comfortable. One day, I asked if I could help, and before I knew it I was actually doing something for my brother. I was able to help take his temperature, his blood pressure and could lend a hand folding the corners of his new bed sheets under. With the help of these wonderful nurses and doctors, and in my own mind, me, my brother got better and came home. It was there and then that I decided I wanted to do the same for others as these people had done for my brother.
That is the idealistic view of nursing. My grandmother was able to give me the real view of nursing, and years on I know that working in this profession is stressful, demanding and emotional.
The role of nursing is changing, and conditions are far from ideal. I realise that all nurses go into their careers with hopes of caring for people, yet often the day-to-day running of a ward can interfere with this.
I was able to get work as an auxiliary nurse during my time at college, and am aware, if not acutely, of the difficulties staff face on the wards. I am interested in learning about patient care and assessing patient needs, but also about the management side of nursing.
I know the demands placed on nurses are tough, and that it really does take a special person to become a good nurse. But what inspires me to be that good nurse is that I have never before, or since, experienced that feeling I got from helping my brother during his treatment, and I don’t believe I will until I the day comes that I am able to do that very thing for someone else’s loved one.
Writing a personal statement for nursing or midwifery is no easy task, so here are some tips that will help.
- Be organised. Before you start writing, make bullet points of everything you want to include and order them in terms of importance
- Show passion
- Show you understand the reality of the role. For example, 24-hour care / on call / shifts
- Start writing early. Give yourself plenty of time to read, edit and check - and then, check again!
- Write it in a Word document and then copy and paste it into UCAS when ready
- Focus on your field of choice, whether it's adult, child, mental health, learning disability nursing or midwifery
- Explain your choice. What is your inspiration to be a nurse in that field or a midwife?
- Tell us what qualities you bring to the course
- Think about what values and qualities you need to be a good nurse or midwife. How you can show evidence of these?
- Tell us what experiences you have and how they will help you in your field of choice. These do not necessarily have to be care experiences
- Demonstrate your overall awareness of the course – 50% theory and 50% practice for example
- Do use all the lines as you will need these to show your insight and experiences
- Only mention hobbies that reveal something relevant about you. Perhaps they have taught you good timekeeping skills, teamwork or given you extra insight or experience in your area of interest
- Proof read. Correct spelling and grammar is absolutely vital. A misplaced apostrophe or absence of capital letters can be seriously off-putting. Use the spell-check on your computer and get parents and teachers to proofread your statement
- Don't simply list what you have done. Saying you were captain of the hockey team or spent a week at a local newspaper is not very helpful unless you use it to show what you learned from the experience
- Don't use clichés. One of the most overused opening sentences is: My mother or grandmother was a nurse/midwife therefore...
- Don’t say you want to be a nurse/midwife just because you have watched a TV programme (several possibilities here!)
- Don't use famous quotes from people you admire. We are interested in what you have to say - not Florence Nightingale
- Don't list your interests, demonstrate them. Actually doing something, such as joining a national society, volunteering or being involved in a charity, shows you have passion and drive
- Don't use slang or text language (lol) but on the other hand, don't be overly wordy or pretentious either. Keep it simple and clear
- Don't ask too many people for advice. Input from parents and teachers can be helpful, but this is a personal statement - we want to hear your voice and personality.