Although what pre-reqs you will have to take
test you are assigned can vary and be
difficult to navigate,
your application is where you have the
exactly where the nursing
program is going
and what they're looking for in a nursing
So we are
going to be in detective mode, uncover that
it to our
The very first thing
I want you to do when applying to
your nursing school and writing your nursing
school application essay and all of that is
to look up the School of Nursing's mission
from their nursing
website. This will often be found in the
Student Handbook section of their welcome
page. And once you have the student
a spare sheet of paper
and your note-taking
app or whatever you want to
use and write out all of the different
aspects of the mission statement on a
different piece of paper at the top, on a
note or on whatever you
Whatever is important
to that school, write it down.
Now, after you've written all of them down,
under the topic headings, I want you to think
of traits, education
that you have
had that align with that
nursing school's specific goal under that
And what can this kind of look like?
Let's look at some examples.
Maybe you did
type of study
in your psych class or
You see the benefits of
research and are inspired by the nursing
program because it's always evolving due to,
like, nursing research and that's important
to them and you're a lifelong learner and
yada yada yada.
Maybe you had a family member who benefited
and being a patient in one of those.
And you want to be
involved in a program
That focuses on helping others with research
and utilizing it in practice.
What if this school
into, like, family-centered care?
Maybe you have kids
of your own
who have needed medical care, and you've seen
the value of involving the entire family in
the care of that
patient, in order for
everyone to feel engaged
and cared for. Or maybe you have a passion
and have been involved in your community
teaching classes to children, and you know
that the adults matter just as much because
they have to learn just as much at home.
This works perfectly for nursing schools that
prioritize patient education.
I promise that for anything a school
specifically mentions in their mission
statement, you have an experience or many in
your life that you can weasel
into that application under that title.
But what if you're kind of looking through
and you notice a gap
in your resume?
And you're like, I don't have
anything for this particular
section. Find an activity or
volunteer for a position or an event or a
job experience that will be able to fill that
empty space that they want.
You can join a committee or a club.
find parts of your
life that can tick
off every single box for what that program
specifically states they want in a nursing
And if you're watching
this way ahead of time, it's always good to
be super proactive, research the schools that
you are interested in and start making
lists now so you can identify these potential
resume gaps earlier.
And then you
can look at like your current job, your
opportunities, clubs, what have you, to find
places to round out your
experience, and you'll have a lot more time
to do so.
And while we're talking about
starting things early, I want to stress
how important it is
to start writing your
application essay, like, way
than you think you need to in order to meet
You should also send out
your request for letters of
To the people writing them so that they have
plenty of time.
Will they procrastinate
on writing them until the last minute?
Absolutely. But you did your part and you
asked them, so you're good.
I also would really encourage you on that
include a resume
your request for a letter of
recommendation and be sure to let them know
what the school is
looking for so they can target their letter
specifically to that school and they don't
have to ask you
what your background was and where you
volunteered and what you
did. It just makes
you look better.
When you're writing your personal
Because it helps relieve some of the stress
that you have to do like all of this, and
out over your head.
You can get that out of the way and then have
people read it
and provide feedback.
Have multiple people do this, people who are
not you will often be able to identify
places where you excel better than even you
will, and you can add those to your
statement to fill out any holes.
Our goal here is to
make you shine in your mission statement
like the rock star that you are.
And, remember, you are a rock star.
Which leads us to the final point I want to
Just be you.
Nursing school administrators get so many
applications and in a crowd of
people saying that they're exactly, exactly
what they think they want administrators
to hear, what
better way to stand out than being just,
like, authentically, kind of
Be your unique, weird,
funny self because
you are enough.
Every single person has probably written an
essay about how they just want to help people
, and they have always liked people and they
just, they just want to help and yada, yada,
We've all heard that before.
And maybe for some people that is true.
But if it's not, just be honest when they
ask you Why do you
want to be a nurse?
Even if the answer is something as mundane
as, Hey, this seems like a pretty solid
job, and it has a lot of
options. And I am 17, and I don't know what I
want to be
when I grow up.
But this kind of sounds interesting and has a
lot of options.
Just be honest.
And you know what? If you don't get in right
away, it has absolutely nothing to do
with you and has absolutely everything to do
with how overwhelming
nursing schools as a system are themselves.
There are so many applications and so few
spots, so if you don't get in, and you're
truly driven to
this career, try
again. And email the school and ask the
admissions counselor what you could do to
make yourself a more competitive applicant
in the next cycle.
This will help in a couple of ways.
You'll familiarize yourself with the staff.
They'll, like, know your name, and it will
give you a good direction to kind of
you change your approach.
And it shows you have a lot of initiative.
So, now that you know how to prepare your
for the process,
let's skip ahead, again, to where you've sent
application and you've been accepted.
And now, you need to
actually going to nursing school.
I know we've been talking all this time and
we haven't even gotten to nursing school, but
that is up next.