Wow! I hope this is for a special new grad program of some kind. I would hate to think that they subject all nursing applicants to this mess.
As a nurse educator who has created & managed new grad residencies/internships/externships, etc. over the last umpty two years, I feel I can shed a bit of light on this requirement. The essay will be scrutinized not only for content, but for grammar
, flow of ideas, etc... as an indicator of your own educational ability & (for lack of a better term) intellectual horsepower. So make darn sure that everything is perfect in terms of your essay format. Be sure to follow all the application instructions exactly
- this is also part of the criteria.
That being said, I would encourage you to focus on the benefits that are realized by beginning your career in a program that is sensitive to the unique needs of new graduates. Generally, this includes an analysis of your unique developmental (skills & knowledge) needs, establish clear training/education goals and providing you with the resources and guidance to accomplish the goals. Formal programs normally have preceptors that have been specially trained to work with new grads; not only helping them achieve both competency goals and the confidence to step out into independent practice.
I would avoid mentioning any specific clinical area you want to work in - unless this is part of the program requirement. Instead, you can say that you hope to be able to experience a variety of different settings.
Best of luck to you!!