HOW TO WRITE A PERSONAL STATEMENT FOR NURSING SCHOOL

Introduction

A personal statement for a nursing school is a description of interest, achievements, qualifications, and ambitions by an applicant wishing to a nursing school to study a particular program.

CHOOSE AN INTERESTING TOPIC

Most nursing schools allow the applicants to choose their topic, but even if you get a question to answer, deciding your response should be the first thing. Perform a soul search to find a topic that reflects your personality, accomplishments, desires, and dreams in the best manner. These are the things that an admissions board expects to see in a personal statement. Begin by writing a rough draft with ideas that you will revise later. Different events that make you have an interest in nursing and pride in yourself is an excellent idea for your nursing school personal statement. The moment can be scholarly or not but writing about something that lets the admissions board know you better. Something that you are proud and happy of will be the best topic.

INTRODUCE AND SELL YOUR TRAITS

A personal statement for nursing school is a chance for direct discussion of your motivations and reasons why you deserve a place in the branch of nursing you are applying. Use it to demonstrate what you know about nursing and healthcare. Your knowledge and should match your educational level and experience. You can research on the role of nurses in the field of nursing you plan to work in if you have not got an opportunity o work in healthcare. It helps you to learn the daily chores and get an idea of how to explain the way you fit when writing a personal statement. Provide details of your experience and show how your work relates to your decision to apply for a nursing program.

SHOWCASE YOUR DEDICATION TO NURSING

An initiative, compassion, and competence are the qualities that make applicants suitable for nursing programs. Nursing is a service profession hence it is essential to discuss service based accomplishments at length as a personal statement provides a platform. Educational achievements can appear in another section of your application. You can, for example, discuss how you organize volunteering activities at our local hospital or participate in activities that improve wellness in the community.

LIST RELEVANT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Every applicant has skills that can apply in nursing practice even when they did not acquire them in a nursing environment. You should present the best for you to stand out from others. Some of the skills for those who have not worked in the nursing environment include caring for an ill family member. Explain how your activities contribute to developing your personality, interest in nursing and enhancing your potential to serve in the profession. If you write about your experience and skills, make your narration short as possible.

WRITE YOUR GOALS AND AMBITIONS IN NURSING CAREER

Universalities and colleges receive thousands of applications from students who want to study nursing courses, but the can only accept a fraction. They just admit candidates who present personal statements showing that they have compelling reasons to become a nurse and have the ambition to pursue a specific aspect of the nursing career. It creates an impression that you have a reason to offer excellent care and use the nursing knowledge from school well when pursuing your ambition.

If your mind is blank about a specific role you want to attain in the career, you can think about the sort of healthcare environment that you consider being a perfect working environment. For example, if you love flying, you can become a flight nurse to evacuate patient during emergencies and care for them aboard an aircraft on their way to a medical facility. Whatever choice you make, your statement should have information on the professional developments you will need to achieve your career goal and why the nursing school you are applying is the best to help you attain your ambitions.

Start writing your personal statement when you decide to apply to avoid the tedious work of trying to write at the last minute. Writing a personal statement takes time and requires several revisions hence it is important to begin early.

Nurse’s Notes

Nurse’s Notes: Clinics can help with dosage

Nurse’s Notes: Clinics can help with dosage

Between 2 million and 3 million Americans take warfarin (Coumadin) to prevent blood clot formation, which is important in various medical conditions such as atrial fibrillation or after certain procedures, such as getting a new heart valve. Blood levels of a person’s international normalized ratio are measured regularly, and doses of the medication are adjusted accordingly.

Warfarin management may seem overwhelming, but anticoagulation clinics are here to help. While it may not seem like a lot goes into dosing warfarin, more goes into it than may be obvious. Nurses work with people on warfarin, and we want folks who take it to understand they play an important role in the management of their dosing.

A health care provider will start a patient on warfarin for a number of reasons. Although warfarin increases the time the body takes to form blood clots, it is a safe medicine to take when monitored appropriately. Routine follow-up for INR checks is an extremely important part of warfarin management.

During follow-up appointments, nurses will assess numerous issues with regard to your warfarin management. They will check your INR and compare it against your weekly dosing schedule. An INR reading may be outside of the optimal range for something as simple as a missed dose. However, when a patient starts or discontinues a medication, is ill, has been hospitalized or is scheduled for surgery, warfarin dosing is likely to be effected and will need to be adjusted.

It is the job of the nurse in the anti-coagulation clinic to figure out what to do with the patient’s warfarin dosing and when to safely see the patient back in the clinic to help maintain that patient within their goal range. The job of the patient taking warfarin is to notify the nurse in the anti-coagulation clinic of any changes in their medical condition or lifestyle that will affect INR readings.

This may sound simple, but many common activities can impact an INR level. What a person eats and drinks, how much a person exercises or doesn’t, any over-the-counter medications, prescription medications or herbal supplements, illnesses, whether a person smokes or doesn’t, dieting and weight changes, surgery and recovering from surgery are some of the other causes that can change a person’s INR reading. Anything out of the norm for a patient needs to be reported to the nurse at the anti-coagulation clinic immediately.

Warfarin management does not have to be confusing for the patient; supportive and knowledgeable anti-coagulation nurses can help greatly. What the nurses want you to focus on is being consistent.

Be as consistent as you can with your diet and your activity. Don’t worry about avoiding certain foods with vitamin K – except green and white tea; those are the only no-nos. If you like salads and green vegetables, eat them; they offer great health benefits. However, they can affect your INR readings, so it is important to be consistent in the quantity and regularity with which you eat these foods. Let the nurses adjust your warfarin doses around you; don’t adjust your lifestyle around warfarin.

Keep your scheduled appointment times for INR follow-up and take your warfarin as directed. Contact the anticoagulation clinic before you change, start or stop taking other medications. Always watch for signs of bleeding and or unusual bruising.

By following these basic guidelines, patients taking warfarin can live healthy, stable lives with minimal disruption caused by this life-saving medication. While it seems complex, with the help of your anti-coagulation nurse you can keep it simple!

Christin Lulow is a registered nurse in the Coumadin clinic at the International Heart Institute at St. Patrick Hospital.