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PERSONAL STATEMENT

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Hello everyone! I'm applying for Accelerated BSN Programs for Fall 2016 and I want to get a head start on Personal Statements... I found a poem on here actually and one line really stood out for me... " Success is failure turned inside out." I really want to use this as an opening to my personal statement. I was wondering what anyone thought about this or ANY helpful advice on personal statements? I really love the positive energy and support system on here! Thanks in advance.

traumanightsRN, NP

Has 13 years experience.

Hi there! I have multiple degrees (BA, BS, MSN, MSEd, & working on Post-Master's certificate for FNP) so I can offer some advice on this front. I like that poem and if you want to write about a failure/bad experience actually being beneficial that's great, you just need a really good story. Just remember a personal statement is just that, PERSONAL. In my opinion your personal statement should reflect why it is you want to become a nurse. Are you changing careers? Why? What is it about nursing that has drawn you to it? Do you have a life experience that made you want to become a nurse? Why are you a better candidate than the other applicants? What about your personality, work ethic will make you a great nurse? Are you drawn to helping those less fortunate or sick? Who do you want to help (i.e. do you have a passion for pediatrics or do you really enjoy spending time with the elderly?). Do you know someone who is a nurse, CRNA, NP and they inspired you?

You want your story to be unique and reflect what is special about you and why they should choose you over the next applicant. When I applied to nursing school I talked about how my mother was a nurse but I NEVER wanted to be a nurse. Then I spoke of a life event that made me question what was my current job at the time and why I decided to go into nursing. How I believe my personality and work ethic fit into nursing well. What I could bring to the table that would make me a great nurse. How I felt about people and the less fortunate in general; etc.

I hope this helps.

Oh wow that's incredible!!! Thank you so much for your advice. Is there anyway - when I actually start my personal statement - that you could perhaps look it over for me? Thanks so much!

traumanightsRN, NP

Has 13 years experience.

Sjeanlou sorry I'm just getting back to you but I'd absolutely would love to look over your personal statement once you start on it. Just PM it to me when you're ready!