Nursing School Letter of Intent

Updated June 01, 2022

nursing school letter of intent is a type of essay included in an admissions packet by an individual interested in attending a particular nursing school/program. Also known as a statement of purpose or admission/personal essay, a letter of intent provides candidates with the opportunity to convince the board of admissions that they are a suitable applicant for their nursing program. It’s common for schools to create specific guidelines (formatting, content, etc.) for the letter that applicants must adhere to. These rules should be followed diligently to better one’s chances of admittance. In general, the admissions committee will want to know why the individual is interested in the field of nursing, why they chose their particular program/school, any positions, experiences, stories, schooling, character traits, and skills that would help them become a successful nurse, and reasons why their application should be accepted.

What is Nursing School?

Nursing school is an institution focused on educating and training students to become registered nurses. Registered nurses (RNs) are in high demand everywhere in the country and in all healthcare facilities; hospitals, medical offices, clinics, insurance companies, etc. There are two main degrees that one can earn to become a registered nurse; an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). A master’s degree in nursing is also attainable and will lead to a position known as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). An ADN is the most common way to obtain a nursing license and can often be accomplished in a two- or three-year program. However, many employers nowadays are looking to hire nurses with a BSN over an ADN. Fortunately, a bachelor’s degree is (more) easily attainable if a nurse already has their ADN as credits previously earned can be transferred to the new program. Nursing school is a rigorous academic undertaking and bachelor’s programs can take four years or more to complete, often realized through all-nighter’s and frequent burnouts.

Nursing School Letter of Intent – Sample

Dear Admissions Committee,

I want to first thank you for taking the time to look at my admissions packet and read my letter. The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies has a world-class reputation in healthcare education, and I feel privileged just to have the opportunity to apply. I’ve wanted to become a nurse since my last years of high school and it would be an honor to be accepted into the SONHS.

When I was fifteen, my aunt took me on a trip to the Congo. She worked with Doctors Without Borders as a nurse and thought that it would be good for me to see a part of the world drastically different from the comforts of America. I wasn’t much help, I’ll admit, as I was young and was extremely culture-shocked upon arrival. It was a very eye-opening, albeit difficult and rough, yet rewarding experience. I became obsessed with the idea of basic healthcare and helping people in general. I thought I would be most useful if I first got a degree in nursing at one of the best educational institutions and started making a difference in my own country before tackling the world at large.

I graduated from Washington-Liberty High School in Arlington, VA. I held a 3.70 GPA throughout secondary school and scored in the top of my class in both chemistry and biology. I was involved in the Yearbook Committee as well as a program called the “Leadership Program.” The Yearbook Committee helped me learn organizational skills and the ability to work with a team. The Leadership Program was a program introduced for the purposes of making the student body more cohesive and eliminating much of the discord between grades. I was second in charge of the program, after Mrs. Ivy (by whom one of my recommendation letters was written), and helped initiate a plan that encouraged older students to support and guide the younger students. The program helped decrease student complaints, increase the productivity of all grades, and taught me how to manage and instill confidence in others.

SONHS is my first choice for nursing school. Graduates of the University of Miami are now working at some of the top healthcare facilities and research institutes in the world. I strongly believe that I was made to be a nurse and that I would be a welcome addition to your nursing program. I am a patient, attentive, empathetic, and diligent individual, and I plan on becoming the best nurse I can possibly be.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Sincerely,

[Signature]
Emily Moore
e.moore@yahoo.net
(555) 903-2566