This should be short and to the point; don’t spend a great deal of time on autobiography. Indicate with whom, the title of the project, what your responsibilities were, and the outcome.Write technically, or in the style of your discipline.c) Work experience, especially if you had any kind of responsibility for testing, designing, researching or interning in an area similar to what you wish to study in graduate school.
In these situations, you will want to be honest, but brief.
It is best to turn negatives into positives by focusing on how you overcame obstacles, remained persistent in the pursuit of your goals and showed resilience.
Table 1 is an example of how I stayed organized during my NP school applications.
(1) Your understanding of the role of the advanced practice nurse and your interest in either a particular patient population (2) Clearly indicate to the faculty that your career goals are a fit with the specialty.
Write it affirmatively, showing your perseverance despite obstacles. Approximately 500 to 1000 well-selected words (1-2 single space pages in 12 point font) is better than more words with less clarity and poor organization.
Most nurse practitioner (NP) schools require their prospective students to compose a personal statement.
For example, Vanderbilt University provides an open-ended prompt for the admissions essay: “The Statement of Purpose should reflect your understanding of the role of the advanced practice nurse and your interest in either a particular patient population, in healthcare leadership or in nursing informatics.
Before writing your statement of purpose, please carefully review information about the specialty on our website so that you clearly indicate to the faculty that your career goals are a fit with the specialty.” Drexel University also offers specific guidelines for their personal statement requirement: “Personal statement (under 1,000 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of: (1) Why you are choosing this particular program of study; (2) Your plans upon completion of the graduate degree; and, (3) How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this MSN program.” On the other hand, NP schools like Duke University and University of California San Francisco merely ask for a “personal statement” or “goal statement” with no further direction.
Professors are the people who read these statements.
b) Important paper or thesis project you completed, as well as anything scholarly beyond your curricular requirements.