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I have to write an essay as part of an application packet to get into a nursing program, and I am having a hard time putting my thoughts into words. Could please give me some pointers?

Question:

Dear Donna,

I have to write an essay as part of an application packet to get into a nursing program, and I am having a hard time putting my thoughts into words. Could please give me some pointers or guide me in the right direction? Here are the questions: Why do you wish to become a nurse? How do you foresee nursing in the future?

Christianne

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Christianne,

When answering the question, “Why do you want to become a nurse?” speak from your heart, and tell your story. Write about what drew you to nursing. The words don’t have to be perfect. Express your desire to help others, to make a difference in other people’s lives, etc.

For the second question, do an Internet search for “The future of nursing,” and read a few of the articles that turn up just to get you thinking, but don’t plagiarize anything!! You only need to make a general statement about nurses playing a key role in the future and being leaders in healthcare reform, in the promotion of health and wellness, etc.

Talk it all over with a close friend or family member to come up with something you feel comfortable with.

For additional inspiration, ideas, and information go to www.discovernnursing.com.

My best wishes!
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’s “Dear Donna” and author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional. To ask Donna your question, go to www.nurse.com/asktheexperts/deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.

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