Competition for newly qualified nursing jobs is intense at the moment, so you want to be sure that your application stands out. A killer personal statement is a great way to do this, but it takes time to compose and is a one-time use only document. Don’t ever recycle them – it shows a real lack of commitment to the post if you can’t be bothered to re-write your personal statement for the application.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that just because you’ve never worked as a fully qualified registered nurse before that you have no experience, it’s not true. You have tons of nursing experience, you just need to make the most of it in your personal statement. A good way to start is to get hold of the job description and person specification for the nursing job you’re applying for, and compare it with the nursing skills you do have.
If you’ve completed a placement on the ward you’re applying for, or even in the same type of department in another area that’s definitely something to draw attention to. Refer to the learning outcomes you achieved and the specific skills you gained, developed and then used effectively in your role as a student nurse. It’s your particular skill set that will get you an interview and ultimately the job over another newly qualified nurse.
If you want to read more detail about how to structure a nursing personal statement, you can read the full article: