Can't Get A Definite Answer - What Format Did You Submit Your Entrance Essay In? - page 2
I can't find an answer through any search I've done so far, and I can't get in touch with anyone in the nursing department. My application is due by 1/20, and I want to get it in at least two weeks before the deadline. My... Read More
- 0Dec 31, '12 by GrnTea, BSN, MSN, RNLet's step back a minute and look at why they ask you to do this. They don't need to hear how passionate you are about being a nurse, how you always wanted to be a nurse because your sainted mother/auntie/grandma was one, because you got good care from one when you/your child/your grandma/your auntie/your mother was sick, you want to be a missionary/disaster relief/CRNA/military nurse to take care of refugees/our military heroes/the poor, or how sure you are that you will be a great nurse because of your passion/empathy/drive to be excellent, or any of that. They see so many of those that they all tend to run together. That's not to say you can't write about those things, if that's what sincerely moves you. However, because pretty much everyone writes something along those lines, what do you think will make your essay stand out?
I'll tell you what: literacy. They want to see if you can write an essay, which, by the way, is defined as: "a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretative." They want to see that you can spell and use words correctly, avoiding flowery, convoluted, or "academic" language. They want to see that your sentences are well-structured, with subjects matching verbs and well-placed modifiers. They want to see that you can size up an idea, look at the evidence about it, and analyze or interpret it. Never use a four-syllable word when a one-syllable one will do.
Don't roll your eyes at this. Do not think for a minute that this is of little or no importance as to whether you'll be a good, caring nurse. As the ads say, if caring were enough, anyone could be a nurse. You will need these skills to read, interpret, and communicate data in your education and your practice after graduation. Want your essay to persuade them to admit you? Demonstrate how you have the tools to succeed at it.
- 1Dec 31, '12 by UVA Grad NursingI read many, many nursing applications (1500+ per year). I've also been doing admissions work in one form or another since 1984 and have reviewed tens of thousands of admissions files over the years.
What I like to see is the following:
1. Your name (with 1500 applications, occasionally a page gets misfiled, and it is good to know that the right essay is with the right dossier).
2. 12 point font
3. Your essay.
4. Watch the word count. If the instructions say 500-700 words, then do not submit 750 words. We expect you to follow instructions. Not being able to follow instructions is a big red flag.
Pagination is not important, and title/name of school is not needed either. I know the name of my school. The date is not important either. The content of the essay matter much more inportant than a style of font, color of paper, etc. Expect the full application to be scanned electronically or xeroxed --- gone are the days when admissions committees read paper files. Whether you submit the essay on 20# cream paper or white copy paper will not matter.
If you are quoting a source, use APA. But I do not expect any quotes or citations in a program to enter into nursing. However, we do expect citations in a goals statment for a PhD program in which you outline your proposed research program and how it fits into the nursing literature.
Single spacing or double spacing does not matter to me. But it may matter to some schools -- so read the instructions.