How to Write a Nursing Application Essay

Posted on July 10, 2016 by Beth Hawkes in Brilliant Cover Letters // 0 Comments

An application essay can have a critical effect on your chances of landing an interview, a job or a placement in nursing school. The challenge for you is make yours memorable. You can do that by using these 5 tips.

How to Write a Nursing Application Essay
When asked to submit an essay along with your application for employment, the employer is using the essay as a way to screen applicants. All things being equal, the essay will help them to narrow down the list of candidates and can make the difference between landing an interview or not.

Most candidates will submit an uninteresting, cliche-ridden essay with grammatical errors. By contrast, if you follow these tips, your essay will stand out.

Follow Instructions
How to Write a Nursing Application EssayIt is highly important that you understand and follow instructions as you are being evaluated on your ability to follow instructions. If the length is not specified, use no more than two pages.

The essay can take several forms. You may be asked to write a one page essay on a single topic or question. You may be asked to pick from several questions, such as:

What made you decide to be a nurse?
Why do you want to be a nurse here, at St. John’s?
Allow Ample Time
You will probably find it more difficult than to write about yourself than you anticipate. Do not put it off until the last minute. If you rush, it will show. Start early and give yourself plenty of time.

Make an outline and organize your thoughts to show you are a good thinker.

Your essay must be polished and that takes drafting, editing, and rework. Any less and it will not be your best effort. When you are finished, put it down for at least 24 hours and then pick it up. You will find room for improvement. Have 3 other people proof read it.

Put Yourself in the Recruiter’s Chair
Put yourself in the recruiter’s chair.

Think how many times by 1100 in the morning the recruiter has read “I’m a people person” or “I want to help people”.

How to Write a Nursing Application EssayNow picture the recruiter picking up your essay and yet again reading “I’m a people person”’ or “I want to help people”. It’s important to keep the recruiter’s perspective in mind the entire time and with every sentence you compose.

Avoid using broad generalizations and platitudes. Be genuine, personal, and not intellectual. Everyone responds to realness and connection. This comes from being authentic and through telling stories. Use a meaningful quote for interest and use short paragraphs with enough white space to avoid dense blocks of text.

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