Mental Health Nursing: Applying to University

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Applying to University can be intense. When it comes to writing your personal statement, if you are anything like me, you find it difficult to 'big' yourself up. Here are some helpful and handy tips that I learned along the process.


GREAT! You've decided to apply to university to become a mental health nurse. And it is now time to begin your UCAS application. The personal statement is always the most difficult bit. 4000 characters (including spaces) may seem like a lot, but trust me, when you start putting pen to paper, they will fly by!!


Tip #1 - Research

There are numerous resources online which will help you find your starting point. Ask yourself:

- What should I include in my personal statement?

- What will they be looking for?

- How can I make myself stand out?

Have a Google - read some examples and get a feel for the terminology and tone that is widely used and accepted.


Tip #2 - Reflect


Don't start writing straight away. Grab a piece of paper and reflect on your experiences.

What made you want to apply to become a Mental Health Nurse? What personal attributes do you have that demonstrate you have what it takes?

These will be your building blocks.

Nursing candidates are expected to be able to demonstrate the 6 C's both through their personal statement and at interview.

Care Compassion Competence

Communication Courage Commitment

Include these words within your statement, but make sure to link them to experience.

Along with the 6 C's, I also like the 3 P's.

Personality Professionalism Passion

Try to come up with an example that matches each of these words. They do not need to be nursing specific. For example, if you are a sports coach, you can use this experience to demonstrate strong communication skills and professionalism.