UCAS Personal Statement for MH Nursing Watch

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Hi everyone,

I know that this is a subject that is repeated every year numerous times, but I'm having trouble writing my personal statement.

I've had a good look around the internet, including on this site, and I feel like I'm very unsure what I need to include in my personal statement. Because I currently work on a mental health unit and have worked in social care settings for a number of years now I think I can demonstrate a level of experience quite easily and because I already have a first degree I think I can demonstrate that I have an academic mind and meet the entry requirements.

However, I don't quite know what else to include. I know that you should show enthusiasm for your subject choice and should be able to discuss what interests you about mental health and about nursing. That's the bit I'm stuck on!

How much of your personal statement did you take up talking about why you want to qualify as a mental health nurse and what reasons did you use? I don't want to end up writing "I like helping people"!

Any help would be really appreciated from a stressed out student!

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Hey I don't know if this will be useful or not. But for my personal statement I wrote about why I wanted to become a mental health nurse like it being rewarding do is something you are passionate about also any experiences you have had with mh that is relevant for example the unit you work in encouraged you to peruse a career. (For me it was because of my own struggle with mh). Also the experience you have is great! You could link it through to the 6c's and what skills you have learnt while you were there and how it links to mh nursing. Any activities you do besides work and how they link to nursing like commitment and communication and organisation to show that you enjoy other stuff.

So far I've managed 3 interviews so something went right haha.

I don't know if that was any use, but good luck .


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Hey thanks for the reply!

Wow three interviews - that's fantastic. I'm really really nervous about all this applying - I never feel like I'm a strong enough candidate lol.

I'm trying to write a little about how after my degree I started working with adults with learning disabilities and vulnerable children, that leading to working with people with autism and then deciding I wanted to work with people as a career. I then decided to get some experience with mental health and nursing so applied to the unit. Really it's the nurses on my unit who've made me want to apply - I love working with mental health and think they have a fab job.

Hopefully a little context like that will help my application!

So have you had your interviews or are you waiting for them?


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Honesty doing this application is the hardest thing I have ever done before I got the interviews I never thought I stood a chance :/.
Your reason for being a mh nurse is great write that down and expand a little about what you learnt on each of the places. The content that you have got is brilliant, the experience that you have puts you at such an advantage as you've worked with mh patients . Like you've worked with a wide range of individuals which brings excellent communication skills etc. I would focus a lot on mh unit as it's more appropriate but definitely mention working with autism individuals and vulnerable children

My first interview is next week and then I have 2 in December


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Ooo next week, that's really close! Are you nervous about it? I have an interview for a band 3 NHS job and that's absolutely terrifying the life out of me! I hope you do really really well :-).

I've been thinking a lot about the patients I'm currently working with. My unit deals with patients with life long, complex mental health conditions who are getting back into the community and in the recovery phase of their illness I've been trying to think about the way we work with out patients and what good practice I've seen. It would be great to put some of that in.

I think the personal statement is really frustrating! I basically had to get dragged through writing one the first time around - I didn't think it would be so frustrating the second time around lol.


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I am literally petrified a few people I know that are going to the interview are like 24/25 and I'm only 18 😩😩 I really hope it goes well and thankyou!
Also when is the interview for your job and what job are you applying for?

Putting the experience in for the type of people you have worked with would be good writing about good practice will be good .

What's is like working with patients with complex health needs?? I've only managed to work with dementia patients at the moment.

Personal statement is a hassle I had atleast 7 drafts before I was happy with it and my school were happy with it, it does get a little easier the more you check and amend it


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I think age does help you confidence a little bit for interviews but remember the degree isn't a job - the Uni isn't looking for people who can go in on day one and do the job perfectly - they're looking for bright people with potential. Think a lot about what your values are and try to reflect on the experience you have.

I absolutely love working with complex mental health conditions. It can be really challenging sometimes, when people are becoming unwell and challenging staff - but for the most part it's very calm. Being a strong communicator helps and working to understand where people are coming from is important. I really like working with people on rehab wards because it's all about enabling them to become independent, get out in the community and overcome their anxieties.

The job I'm applying for is with the local mental health Trust as a Nursing Assistant. The Trust basically recruit staff for right across the board. So you could end up working anywhere from an acute admissions ward, to a primary care team, the crisis team or a medium secure forensics unit. Value based recruitment is used now which is quite nervy and you get interviewed by some very senior nursing staff who have really high expectations so I'm not really expecting much!


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That is true ! I'm just going to do the best I can and hopefully portray that enough through my interview .

I'm glad that you enjoy working with them atleast you know exactly what you want do. Working on rehab sounds very interesting ☺️ I think experience is key for nursing really you have to know you're going to like the job.

Good luck for the interview! I'm sure of you try your best and apply all your knowledge you have a very good shot at getting the job !


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I too was panicking about writing my personal statement, however, i sat down two weeks ago and bossed it in one day ^_^ My tutor said it was excellent Be reflective in your personal statement, i cannot stress this enough. I am also applying for the mental health nursing pathway.

Good luck
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(Original post by Trapped)
I too was panicking about writing my personal statement, however, i sat down two weeks ago and bossed it in one day ^_^ My tutor said it was excellent Be reflective in your personal statement, i cannot stress this enough. I am also applying for the mental health nursing pathway.

Good luck
Hey there Trapped!

Can I ask what you put into your personal statement? What did you put as your reasoning for wanting to work in mental health and as a mental health nurse?
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Hey there Trapped!

Can I ask what you put into your personal statement? What did you put as your reasoning for wanting to work in mental health and as a mental health nurse?
Hey,

This is the plan i created and used for mine. It may not be the best plan, but it worked for me


Paragraph one:

Briefly mention - Why the course, what has inspired me, life/work experiences; gained insight into the course from – e.g. open days/ research/personal experience/ work experience/speaking to mental health nurses etc.


Paragraph two:

Work experience 1: go into depth, keep it succinct, what learnt, working in multi-disciplinary team. Skills gained, personal qualities. Completed safeguarding course, what leant, became aware of etc. Collectively what this has taught me, skills developed

Paragraph three:

Work experience 2: Briefly what I did, skills acquired – personal qualities. What interests me about mental health – working to support mentally ill patients through their recovery etc.

Paragraph five:

Mentoring course, what learnt/relate to mental health.
Access course, skills acquired e.g. academic writing, time keeping, timed exams, demonstrates my ability to ……… ?

Voluntary experience/ extra-curricular activities, focus on skills, relate to mental health, how will this benefit me/career.

Paragraph 6:
Clear understanding of the demands of being a mental health nurse/student.

Paragraph 7:

Conclusion
Awareness of challenges ahead - Career aspirations etc.

Care – Compassion – Competence – Communication – Courage – Commitment

Key Words:

Significant – Eventful – Important – Teamwork – Well organised – Problem Solving – Logical Thinking/thinker – Evaluation – Analytical - Research – Presentation – Meeting Deadlines – Working independently – Essay writing skills - Interpersonal skills – Time management – Confidence – trustworthy – efficiency – responsible
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Hey trapped
I was wondering where are you applying to for mh nursing?


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Hello,

Choices:
University of Birmingham;
Birmingham City University;
University of Wolverhampton and;
Coventry University.

My first choice is Birmingham City University; their placements for MHN is very good

What about yourself?


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Hey trapped
I was wondering where are you applying to for mh nursing?


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I have also applied for Birmingham City and is where I want to go, have you heard anything from them yet??

I have also applied for Keele, wolverhampton and Staffordshire ☺️


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Wow, i might be sitting next to you in a lecture theatre very soon

My college will be submitting everyone's UCAS on tuesday, the stalking of UCAS track then ensues ^_^

Have you received an acknowledgement of your application from BCU?

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I have also applied for Birmingham City and is where I want to go, have you heard anything from them yet??

I have also applied for Keele, wolverhampton and Staffordshire ☺️


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Indeed you could be!
Good luck for when you send your ucas off!

And I haven't heard from bcu yet but I have interviews for my other 3 choices. I hope bcu get back to me soon haha the wait is killing me!




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