Nursing Application

  1. I have to fill out an application for my nursing department to be accepted. On it, I have to list reasone why I should be accepted, list my previous experience, concepts of nursing, etc. My problem is that I have not worked in the medical field, I basically have no concept of the nursing profession, I JUST WANT TO BE A NURSE! What is a good way to state that I want this more than anything, but still make myself worthy. I fell like the other applicants probably have worked in the field, and may get preference over me because of that. But telling them I want this more than anything just isn't going to cut it! HELP!!!
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  3. by   dianacs
    Hmmm...let's see..I have no healthcare experience either, and I never did have to fill out an application like yours, but I did have some things stored in the back of my mind that I could have said about myself in case anyone ever asked. Here are some of them:

    1. Maturity/life experience. You're not a starry-eyed teenager, you've been out in the "real world" for a while and are now able to clarify what you want out life. In my case, the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom allowed me to step back and reflect on what I wanted to do with myself once I was ready to get back into the paid workforce. I've also been a desk jockey and I knew I didn't want to do that anymore!

    2. Your personal reasons for wanting to be a nurse. Surely you can put your finger on a couple of specifics. Caring for others? Wide array of job opportunities? Keeping up with the latest treatments/technologies? Your reasons don't all have to be altruistic ones. Nursing takes all kinds.

    3. You know this one--be yourself. Don't tell them what you think they want to hear. If you can articulate clearly and honestly why nursing excites you, your sincerity will show right through. That should count for a lot.

    As for having no experience, I don't either, and neither do a lot of other people. It would be nice, obviously, but we'll all end up with the same degree when we graduate. If experience was necessary to apply they would have made that clear to you. Good luck!
  4. by   USA987
    When I first started school, I was the only one in my class without any medical experience. I truly lacked confidence when interacting with all my other classmates until my instructor looked at me and said, "Oh good! You're a clean slate! Now I won't have to waste my time with you undoing all those nasty little habits we tend to learn while taking shortcuts"! From then on, I felt like I was on a more level playing field.

    As far as the application, be honest. You do great!!!!
    Best wishes,
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    simply stating that although you have not personally worked in the healthcare field, your..........being honest of why you choice to become a nurse. i doubt that simply because you have worked in "nursing" will keep you from being accepted? let us know how it goes.
  6. by   ashemson
    OK, you guys are making sense! I am just so scared that I won't get in. And then I would have to wait another semester, apply again, yada, yada! Thanks for the words everyone, I will just be honest...
  7. by   Mkue
    okay, since you want to be honest, then you can't use my suggestion.

    " you are a distant relative of florence nightengale"..

    well it would get their attention.

    we had to answer a question like "why do we want to be a nurse". and not say " ever since were were little. etc. .".

    i was amazed that some people actually said it was for the the $$$...

    have you always looked up to someone that is a nurse, that would help. you are compassionate, understanding, patient, kind, have a knack for science. i think all of those are good qualities.
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    " you are a distant relative of florence nightengale"..