UCAS has a wealth of information and guidance on preparing your personal statement which you need to look at as well as this specific advice on applying for nursing courses at University of West London.
The UCAS advice covers, key points, what to include, dos and don'ts and size and presentation.
UCAS also alerts you to the use of 'similarity detection' to ensure your personal statement include:
- your personal account in approximately 600 words
- why you want to become a nurse
- why University of West London should invite you to a selection day to be considered for entry to the course.
The statement is your only chance to speak to us directly about the reasons why you have chosen your course, whether this is Adult, Child, Learning Disability or Mental Health Nursing.
You may be tempted to put all of these options down but this could be seen as you not being focussed and committed to one area of nursing.
So choose one branch of nursing and give a clear account of why you have chosen that branch.
All this will help us to decide on whether to offer you a place on a selection day.
It is helpful if in addition to general statements about wanting to help people if you could identify some previous personal experience that has influenced your choice.
For example you would need to say more than 'I was cared for when ill' or that you have 'worked as health care assistant'.
The account of your experience can be helpful to your application only if you can say in what ways it has influenced your choice.
Understanding care and compassion
In healthcare generally and specifically in nursing there is an emphasis on being both technically skilled, being able to do the technical and physical tasks required in providing treatment but also to show that you are able to care and be compassionate in your work with patients.
Caring and compassion are easy words to say but very hard to translate into actions that show an ability to understand and respond to the suffering experienced by people and make a difference.
This is something you may want to think carefully about and how you can convey your ability to be caring and compassionate.
Demands of the course
Your personal experience also offers you the chance to establish that you understand what the demands of the course are for you in terms of theory, practical work and study, and what you will do to ensure you will be able to meet the challenge you have identified.
Writing within limits
The personal statement is an opportunity to show us how well you communicate your thoughts and ideas in writing within limits. This is a skill you will need on the programme.
The list of UCAS dos and don'ts are really helpful for this, we would encourage you to follow it so that we can see that you are able to communicate your ideas and experience.
You will help yourself by careful preparation of the personal statement, making sure it is relevant to the course you have chosen and rehearsing what you will write.
UCAS recommend you to prepare the statement offline in advance and then copy and paste your work into the application system.
This helps you to communicate with us and tell us why we should choose to interview you.
Sample Nursing Personal Statement
My ambition to become a nurse has its origins in my father’s final illness, where I observed the sort of nursing care he received in hospital and was immensely moved and inspired by the professionalism and skill of those who tended him. When I was young my elder sister was a nurse, and I had the utmost respect for her and her work. These early impressions led me to volunteer as an assistant at the hospital where my father was treated, partly out of gratitude for the care he had received, and partly out of a growing conviction that nursing is one of the finest and most important occupations in the human world. My working career has only confirmed this belief, and has given me a good grounding in basic nursing procedure and medical knowledge. I am happy in my present role as a health care assistant, but I should now like to formalise my training and go on to become a fully qualified nurse and embrace the great variety of possible nursing roles then open to me.
As an assistant in the hospital I worked alongside doctors and nurses dealing with seriously ill patients. I carried out personal care duties, bathing, helping with mobility and use of the toilet. It was challenging and sometimes harrowing work, but immensely fulfilling. I felt that I was doing something of the first importance, and the medical team were very appreciative of my work. When I came to England in 2003 I immediately sought work as a health care assistant and now work with vulnerable adults suffering from various debilitating health problems in their own homes. My work involves personal care, such as dressing, shaving, bathing and so on, arranging and escorting hospital visits, and administering medication. I liaise with other professionals, such as doctors, district nurses, police, physiotherapists and pharmacists. I have received basic training in nursing procedure, such as taking temperatures, measuring blood pressure, washing out catheters, moving patients, and advising on diet and hygiene. There is a degree of administrative work too, including writing reports and treatment plans, taking minutes in team meetings, contacting social workers and making risk assessments. All of these duties have given me a useful preparation for my planned career, and served to reaffirm my commitment to the profession.
My college course covered human biology, including the skeletal system, the lymphatic system and physiology. This knowledge has helped me to understand the diseases of the patients I care for, such as diabetes, arthritis and heart problems. I enjoyed the practical aspects of the curriculum in the laboratory, where I gained many skills which will be important in a university course. I am also fully aware of the need to work in a professional team in dealing with such problems, and very much enjoy being a part of a wide-ranging, efficient and powerful system of health care. Even at school I was made a health prefect, helping the school nurse in the sick bay, working to maintain a hygienic environment, checking the first-aid kit and even performing simple procedures such as dressing wounds. My reliability and maturity of attitude were recognised in my appointment as head prefect of my high school, involving numerous administrative duties, directing others and working in teams.
I am fully aware that my chosen career can be very challenging, and I have already encountered many of the emotional and physical problems it can involve. But I am driven by a real determination to care for others and to try to make a difference to people’s lives. A nurse deals with people at their most vulnerable, at a time when their needs are at their greatest. A proper notion of human dignity, an urgent desire to alleviate pain and an ability to remain calm in the face of human suffering are the essentials qualities of the successful carer. My dedication to these values is absolute, and I hope you will consider my application.
We hope this sample Nursing personal statement has helped give you some ideas for your own.