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I have been drafting statements on behalf of nurses for more than two decades. Writing statements is not always fun, and the older I get the more mental and emotional energy it takes for me to do a good job. This is one of the reasons why I have developed a priority focus on nurses, writing more statements in this area than any other, because I admire the dedication of nurses, their orientation of service and giving. Nurses are generally among the finest people on the planet, on human and emotional levels, because of their ethic of service. Thus, when I help a nurse succeed, I am inspired by her/his story.

Degree sought, field, or place of origin!

Sample Personal Statement in Nursing, FNP and Travel Nurse

I plan to become an FNP and a travel nurse in the United States and abroad. Recently, I took a trip to my parent’s homeland of Guyana, the poorest country in South America, where I witnessed the acute shortage of healthcare providers, resources, medicine, etc. This visit to our land of origin filled me with a sense of nursing mission, to give as much time as I can, progressively throughout my career, to the advancement of nursing care and access to health care in the Developing World, especially the land of my heritage in my case: Guyana, where I can do the most good and I have the most to contribute given the fact that this culture and language is also my own.

 

The University of XXXX’s School of Nursing is my first choice among Master’s Degree Programs designed to fully prepare the FNPs of tomorrow. In addition to its location and sheer excellence, your program is my first choice because of my profound respect for your dedication to inclusion in nursing education. Fully dedicated to lifelong education in Nursing and community and public health, increasingly on a global level, both intellectually and in practice: The first step is to become a Family Nurse practitioner.

 

My long-term goal is to open up my own practice in the neighborhood where I grew up in New York. I would also like to travel, and contribute to bringing healthcare to underserved regions of the world. I currently work as a scribe in the Emergency Department at XXXX Hospital in NY and it is a great privilege to work alongside doctors, PAs, and nursing professionals, helping with documentation to complete patient charts. I have been able to learn a great deal about physical exam findings, medical decision-making, diagnosis, and plan of care. I have also learned a great deal about medications. I make rounds frequently on the floor, assisting patients and providing them with necessities.

 

I day dream about having the opportunity to engage in research about the prevalence of cancer among minority ethnic groups in the United States. Both my grandmothers and one of my aunts died of cancer; thus, I have been reading about this disease in my free time since before I started high school, becoming a frequent and curious visitor to the hospital.  Inspired, I went on to volunteer in the Postpartum Department at Long Island Jewish as well as Forest Hills Hospital. I was extremely happy attending to mothers and their newborn babies, especially accompanying mom while in labor, bring new life into the world almost every day. Since my parents were and will always be first-generation struggling immigrants from one of the hemisphere’s poorest countries, I am the first to go to college, to become a professional, to have a full chance. Nursing school was difficult at first and my grades faltered, but I stood up and turned them around, eventually making the Dean’s List, the proudest moment of my life. I thank you for considering my application.

Learning the discipline of care not just the profession of nursing

Sample 1st Paragraph CRNA Admission Application, Concern for Addiction to Painkillers

As sensitive woman, a skilled nurse, an American and a human being, I am shocked and saddened by the tragedy of drug addiction in the USA. In particular, I am concerned with addiction to pain killers, prescription medication that is abused, bought and sold on the black market. I feel very strongly that it is important for CRNAs to be well aware of this problem and to do everything that they can to protect their patients from developing addictions to medication. I have read extensively in the literature concerning this issue and the passion that I have for standing up and meeting this challenge will help me to excel in your distinguished Nurse Anesthesia Program at XXXX University.

XXXX University is my first choice among CRNA Programs because…

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Great Accomplishments in Nursing

Over the past 25 years, nursing has seen so much change—from technology to research to education to changes in healthcare policies.

Local nurses were asked what the biggest changes in their practice in the past 25 years were. Here is what they said!

Rosanne Greenan, RN, CEN: Stroke Coordinator, Northern Westchester Hospital, Mount Kisco, New York, USA.

Nurses are no longer seen as the caretakers to the healthcare team, carrying out tasks ordered by physicians.

Now, we are leaders of the team, as well as patient advocates and educators. We ensures patients and families have the information and tools they need to make the right decisions about their care.

In the ED where I work, nurses are the first to assess patients. They often establish the goals for their hospital stay. Physicians view nurses as colleagues who make concrete observations and offer valuable suggestions.

A nurse’s knowledge base has grown as the demands of our professional responsibilities have increased. The use of evidence-based practice and the acceptance of credentialing in the specialty have raised the bar for nurses everywhere, which is immensely positive.

As much as nursing practice has changed, our primary goal remains to take care of our patients in the best way we know how, and I am sure that will continue far into the future.

Ruth Atienza, RN, MSN, APN-BC: Staff Nurse, PACU, Saint Clare’s Health System, Denville, New Jersey, USA

As a nurse for more than 25 years, I am a living witness to the changes and advancements made in nursing, and medicine!

When I started my career on a med/surg unit, patients had invasive surgeries requiring drains and tubes. Today, patients are able to return home faster, some even the same day due to magnificent minimally invasive surgeries.

Advancements in technology have also changed nursing documentation. The electronic medical record with drug-to-drug interactions and electronic signing of medications after scanning a patient’s identification bar code bracelet increases efficiency, as well as the safety for our patients.

Continuing education allows nurses to advance the care provided as well as to grow in their own nursing career. As a former ED staff nurse, I returned to school for my adult nurse practitioner degree and I now apply what I learned every day.

In addition to a significant increase in the number of nurses becoming certified in various specialties, there is a gradual shift toward nurses seeking higher education—often master’s and doctoral degrees.

Paula Augustyniak, RN, ED: Staff nurse, Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, New Jersey, USA

Although documentation remains a priority in good nursing care, it has evolved to a level I don’t think anyone could have imagined at the beginning.

Technology has changed so much in the last 25 years. It’s changed even more so in the last 10 years, with the coming of age of the electronic medical record. Many nurses who were not familiar with computers have added these new skills to their repertoire, and just when they mastered one, a new program is rolled out or the computer system changes.

The long-standing principle of nurses adjusting their method of practice to meet the needs of patients and ensure quality care has never budged an inch. During National Nurses Week, many of us seasoned RNs look back and remember when we would walk the unit with physicians as they rounded on their patients, and reminisce about the days of metal bed pans, hoppers and other funny instruments we no longer have any need for.

In many ways, technology has vastly improved patient care and resulted in better patient outcomes across the board; yet when I think back on the days of making rounds with physicians and carrying the patients’ charts and taking notes for them, I realize the most important way nursing has changed is the communication and respect between physicians and nurses.

In the ED where I work, it is clearly evident that our opinions are not only valued, but also sought after when caring for patients. We function independently and collaboratively in achieving the highest standards of care and the best outcomes for our patients and will continue to do so.

Edna Cadmus, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN: Clinical Professor, Specialty Director-Leadership Tracks, Rutgers University, College of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey, USA

During the past 25 years, there have been major milestones where nurses became more visible and demonstrated leadership abilities. The American Nurses Credentialing Center began to offer certification for hospitals to become Magnet facilities in 1993.

These standards have evolved from structure and process standards to empirical outcomes. In 1999, the IOM report called “Crossing the Quality Chasm” was released. It identified issues around quality and safety in hospitals.

The focus continues today and is even more intense. Nursing is responsible and accountable for outcomes now linked to payment. The 2010 IOM report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change and Advancing Health” has set into motion a galvanizing direction for nurses. I believe history will show how nurses led this effort and changed healthcare greatly during this time.

Maureen Schneider, RN, PhD(c), MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FACHE: Senior Vice President Clinical Program Development and CNO, Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, New Jersey, USA

The last 25 years demonstrated extensive transformation in healthcare and nursing practice: there was the introduction of the electronic health record and technological numerous advances in medicine.

One area continuing to move forward is nursing research; more than ever, nurses are increasingly becoming skilled in conducting research and changing nursing practice based on research outcomes.

As healthcare technology advances, our nurses are well positioned to pursue newly-designed clinical practices and new ideas that provide extensive opportunities to create and move forward progressive nursing practice, and as nurses showcase meaningful outcomes, patients benefit from their care.

Nurses are also recognized in their professional practice much more than in the past. In fact, the new healthcare dynamic is requiring and seeking nursing research inquiry for new methods to deliver care in a more efficient way.

What does the next quarter century have in store for us? Who can tell? We hope that the nurses of the future accomplish all their hearts desire. But what about you? Can we help you on your journey to success? 

Statements of Excellence in Nursing

Lessons from Nursing to the World

Sample 1st Paragraph, Personal Statement for Nurse Anesthesia CRNA.

I hope to be selected to your Master’s Degree Program in Nurse Anesthesia in part because of my sheer enthusiasm. I want this career simply because I have never enjoyed anything as much as I do working with post-op, heart surgery patients, providing them with comfort and helping to minimize their pain. I seek professional advancement and becoming a CRNA will enable and inspire me to continue to give my all for the rest of my professional life. I cannot wait to get to work each day and I anticipate that will be even more the case once I am a CRNA. My devotion to my patients and my responsibilities, is complete, 100% and I believe this will enable me to excel as a researcher in the future as well as a practitioner. 

 If you want your Statement of Purpose or Personal Statement to be successful, you have to write it in such a way as to make those in charge of the selection process curious about you and to look forward to meeting you. You need to portray yourself in your statement as the kind of person that they want to have in their program. I am a practiced master at drafting your story in the best, most eloquent fashion possible, in the way that is most appealing to those who make the selection. I am so certain of my ability that I draft the first paragraph of your statement free of charge and at no further obligation.  If you really like the first paragraph that I produce, then I would then be honored to finish the statement on your behalf. 

What if You Became a Nurse? | Sana Goldberg. In revealing many of the hidden connections between a liberal arts education and nursing, Sana explains why we should think about nursing in a profoundly new way.

Sample 1st 2 Paragraphs for the Masters Degree in Nursing, Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Now 28 years old, I came to America 11 years ago from my native country, Ethiopia. Since my arrival in the USA at the age of 17, I have been working extremely hard towards my goal of becoming the most efficient and compassionate nurse possible. I think my very high level of motivation is due primarily to where I came from, growing up in a society where I constantly witnessed neighbors, peers, family members of friends, and also members of my own family, die of curable diseases as a result of almost non-existent medical care for most people—excluding the very rich.

I earned my BSN 2 years ago and I have been working as an RN since then at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC in the Neuro Science and Spine Surgery Unit. I now feel that I have enough experience so that I could excel in your distinguished program at XXXX University and I ask for admission to that I might achieve my long term dream of becoming an Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner providing holistic, front-line care to Americans in inner-city neighborhoods of our capital city.