Your nursing personal statement should tell the universities you are applying to all about your strengths and where you see yourself in the future as a nurse.
It should give nursing admissions tutors a good picture of who you are and why you would make a valuable candidate for their course.
If you are applying for a job as a nurse, it's possible you’ll need to provide a nursing personal statement for this, too.
To show that you’ve met the minimum requirements for promotion, you may need to write a band 6 or 7 nursing personal statement.
This piece of writing tells an employer all about your hands-on patient contact experience and why you are a good fit for the job.
Most people become a nurse by applying to study for a degree at university.
You will also need to hold the correct entry requirements to secure a place on a degree course, and will also be expected to have some level of work experience.
Take a look at our blog post for more in-depth information on how to become a nurse.
If you're applying for a nursing degree to set youself on a nursing career path, we always recommend starting your personal statement by brainstorming ideas. Your notes should cover the following:
- academic results
- part-time or Saturday jobs
- wider reading
- extracurricular activities
as well as anything else you can think of.
Take a look through our nursing personal statement examples above to give yourself an idea of what a successful nursing statement looks like.
Once you have put together an initial draft, it's a good idea to ask for feedback from family, friends and tutors. They will be able to look at your statement objectively and suggest ways it could be improved.
Incorporate their comments, and ask for further feedback. Don't worry if you have to do this three or four times - it's important you get your statement as perfect as possible before sending it off on your UCAS form.
How do I structure my nursing personal statement?
Your nursing personal statement should be structured with a clear beginning, middle and end, with the opening telling an anecdote or explaining why you are passionate about nursing.
The middle should generally focus on your work experience and current/past academic studies, and how these have helped you to develop skills that are useful and relevant to a career in nursing.
For example, you might talk about how your experience working in a care home helped you build and offer empathy to elderly people.
You should then write a memorable conclusion that mentions your plans for the future, and how you hope your nursing degree will help you achieve these.
- Look at the content of the course and make sure your statement addresses the specific branch of nursing you are applying for, i.e. mental health, adult or child nursing.
- Demonstrate important skillls that are required for a nursing degree, e.g. patience, empathy, teamwork and communication. Talk about how you have developed these, either at school/college, at your job or during hobbies or other activities.
- Most applicants spend the opening of their personal statement talking about why they want to study nursing, e.g. an unwell family member, or a friend who was in a car accident. Think carefully about whether there was one particular incident that sparked your interest in nursing.
- Don’t include any over-used phrases or quotes in your statement that university admissions tutors will have seen and heard before.
- Now is also not the time for jokes or humour - it often doesn't work well and admissions tutors might not be impressed!
For more help and advice on what to write in your nursing personal statement, please see:
- Top Rated Personal Statements
- Personal Statement Editing Services
- Personal Statement Tips From A Teacher
- Analysis Of A Personal Statement
- The 15th January UCAS Deadline: 4 Ways To Avoid Missing It
- Personal Statement FAQs
- Personal Statement Template
- Personal Statement Timeline
- 10 Top Personal Statement Writing Tips
- What To Do If You Miss The 15th January UCAS Deadline.
Like with any type of personal statement for university, we recommend you open with a paragraph on what you enjoy most about nursing, and why you want to study it at university. Again, an anecdote that inspired you to learn more about nursing will work well here, as long as you have a relevant story to tell.
For example, this applicant chose to talk about how their mother's illness inspired them to go into nursing:
"There has been many occasions during my life that I have spent hours sitting at a hospital bedside.
My mother battled a long term illness and as I sat with her trying to keep her spirits up, the Nurses who cared for her always drew my admiration. I feel there are a handful of truly inspirational professions and Nursing is without doubt one of them.
Along with doctors and other medical staff, nurses provide an invaluable service to society and to be part of that group has long been an ambition of mine."
Another applicant chose to talk about how their experience with mental health services as a teenager made them want to help others and make a difference in the world as an adult:
"I have wanted to work in Mental Health since I was 15 years old. When in crisis, I received a level of care which changed my life and I aspire to do the same for others. I also received care that was detrimental at times so I want to be a part of making a difference. I have seen a wide range of nursing approaches and I have learnt so much from my colleagues since working within the NHS, I now know what kind of nurse I want to be when I complete my training."
However you choose to open your nursing personal statement, make sure it's engaging and explains why you want to pursue nursing at degree level. You can see more examples of introductions over at our nursing personal statements section.
Try to round off your nursing personal statement with something memorable. This often includes talking about your extracurricular activities, hobbies and/or your ambitions for the future. For example:
"I am confident in my ability to communicate with people from any cultural background and an example of this would be during my time volunteering in a dog sanctuary in Paraguay. This was difficult due to the language barrier, and a virus outbreak between the dogs. I had to organize my time efficiently, an important skill for a nurse, communicate with vets and host families, in often very distressing times.
I acted effectively, thinking on my feet, all whilst remaining calm and treating the animals with compassion. This was a very challenging time for me but it was also very rewarding. I feel a career as a nurse, whilst challenging at times would also be very rewarding, educational, and encourage personal growth."
This applicant demonstrates that as well as communicating what you do currently, or have done in the past, it's also a good idea to try to include how these experiences have helped to shape you as a person, and how they make you a better candidate for a nursing course.
For more inspiration on how to write your conclusion, please see our nursing personal statement examples section.
- UCAS Nursing Advice
- Indeed.com - How To Write A Nursing Personal Statement
- Nursing Times - How To Write An Effective Personal Statement
- University of Cumbria - How To Write A Good Nursing Personal Statement For University
- Nurses.co.uk - How To Write A Personal Statement For A Nursing Course
- University of South Wales - How To Write A Personal Statement For Nursing & Midwifery