Writing a personal statement for nursing or midwifery is no easy task, so here are some tips that will help.
- Be organised. Before you start writing, make bullet points of everything you want to include and order them in terms of importance
- Show passion
- Show you understand the reality of the role. For example, 24-hour care / on call / shifts
- Start writing early. Give yourself plenty of time to read, edit and check - and then, check again!
- Write it in a Word document and then copy and paste it into UCAS when ready
- Focus on your field of choice, whether it's adult, child, mental health, learning disability nursing or midwifery
- Explain your choice. What is your inspiration to be a nurse in that field or a midwife?
- Tell us what qualities you bring to the course
- Think about what values and qualities you need to be a good nurse or midwife. How you can show evidence of these?
- Tell us what experiences you have and how they will help you in your field of choice. These do not necessarily have to be care experiences
- Demonstrate your overall awareness of the course – 50% theory and 50% practice for example
- Do use all the lines as you will need these to show your insight and experiences
- Only mention hobbies that reveal something relevant about you. Perhaps they have taught you good timekeeping skills, teamwork or given you extra insight or experience in your area of interest
- Proof read. Correct spelling and grammar is absolutely vital. A misplaced apostrophe or absence of capital letters can be seriously off-putting. Use the spell-check on your computer and get parents and teachers to proofread your statement
- Don't simply list what you have done. Saying you were captain of the hockey team or spent a week at a local newspaper is not very helpful unless you use it to show what you learned from the experience
- Don't use clichés. One of the most overused opening sentences is: My mother or grandmother was a nurse/midwife therefore...
- Don’t say you want to be a nurse/midwife just because you have watched a TV programme (several possibilities here!)
- Don't use famous quotes from people you admire. We are interested in what you have to say - not Florence Nightingale
- Don't list your interests, demonstrate them. Actually doing something, such as joining a national society, volunteering or being involved in a charity, shows you have passion and drive
- Don't use slang or text language (lol) but on the other hand, don't be overly wordy or pretentious either. Keep it simple and clear
- Don't ask too many people for advice. Input from parents and teachers can be helpful, but this is a personal statement - we want to hear your voice and personality.