When you’re a third year student nurse you’ve got enough on your plate without worrying about your first personal statement. But with NHS nursing jobs few and far between in some trusts, it’s important to write the best possible job application and personal statement. So rather then spend lots of your precious time working on countless drafts, follow our quick guide below to a great personal statement.
1. Download the job description and person specification for the nursing job you want to go for. Then write a list of how you fulfill each of the essential and as many of the desirable criteria as possible. It’s important to explain within your personal statement why you are the ideal candidate for the job, and how perfectly you fit the required criteria. Even if they have listed a competency that you don’t currently possess, indicating that you are willing and able to undertake plenty of CPD activities is hugely important.
2. Think about your nursing course and placement experiences, especially if you’ve worked in the kind of environment you’re applying for. If you’ve been lucky enough to work on the very ward you’re applying for or in a similar ward at another trust then you’ve got first hand experience of the job you’re applying for. Even if you don’t have first hand knowledge of the working environment, your placement experience is still some of the most valuable nursing experience you can put into your personal statement.
3. Look back over the reflections you’ve completed throughout your nursing course. Is there a particular incident you can identify which presented a learning opportunity you would not have otherwise had? It’s important to write in your personal statement how you have grown into a nurse, and reflection is a good way to do this. Remember not to waffle, but use your reflections to back up your competency as a nurse.
4. Finally, you have to put it all together. Organise all the notes you’ve made while following this guide into an order you can use to construct your personal statement. It should flow well with any claims you make backed up by experience, qualification or reflection. Take some time to decide how you are going to start and finish – these parts of the personal statement are just as important. Finish with a summary reminding them how well you would fit the position to ensure they finishing reading it with a positive impression of you.