By Wendy DeRosa
When you are applying to nursing school, it is helpful both for you and the admissions committee who are assessing your suitability for their program if you know what kind of nursing career you are shooting for. Demonstrating knowledge of your field of focus when applying to nursing school will show the admissions committee that you are not only dedicated but have done your homework in terms of expectations of your education at their school and what you can accomplish out in the world through your scope of practice.
Health education is a great calling. You can be the voice that saves lives by offering the education that people need to save themselves. Ask yourself a few questions first, to help you hone your focus when applying to nursing school.
- Are you interested in youth, special or ‘at risk’ populations, a certain ethnic demographic, seniors?
- Would you like to be a professor or out in the field teaching classes and workshops?
- Would writing curriculum appeal to you more than working directly with people?
- Is utilizing the latest technological developments to advance health education what interests you the most?
No matter what your focus is, not only will your nursing personal statement stand out with these kind of details, but the enthusiasm that you convey when you are applying for their nursing school will inspire the admissions committee to bring you into their fold.
Public Health and Public Policy
Maybe you’re more the administrative type as opposed to a Florence Nightingale. That’s great! Let the admissions committee know.
- Which aspect of the public would you like to specialize in?
- Are you interested in the politics behind getting policy passed or are do you think that the sociological outcome and epidemiological studies are much more intriguing?
- Do you want to lobby for certain public policies to be passed or do you want to be the one being lobbied?
- Is your focus local or global?
When you decide, do your research to find out exactly what you’ll need to attain these goals. Then tell the admissions committee what their school can do to help you to accomplish your dreams when you are applying for nursing school.
Hospice care is the often controversial, always difficult, and terribly rewarding and draining career in caring for those who are dying. This allows terminally ill patients who are unable to take care of themselves to not die in a hospital. Though they are no longer in their own homes, this is a great leap up from an anonymous hospital bed. For you, this must be a true calling as it is not easy to work with difficult patients who are constantly in pain and will not live beyond your care.
If you have chosen this as your nursing focus, concentrate on why when you are applying. The admissions committee will want to know how you arrived at this decision and how determined you are. Let them know that you are aware of the difficulties and yet still feel a calling to the profession.
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