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Examples of Professional Nursing Goals: Skills, Education, Earnings

Discover examples of educational, competency, earnings, and nursing career advancement goals to help you plot your way forward on your nursing career path.

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Setting professional nursing goals is essential to advancing your career as a nurse. Your current focus could be earning an advanced nursing degree, moving into a leadership position, or becoming competent in a specialized area. Whatever it may be, successful career advancement requires experience, skill-building education, and strategic planning.

This guide provides examples of nursing goals that you can use as inspiration to develop your own.

Why set professional nursing goals?

Setting goals establishes a process for evaluating and monitoring progress toward your nursing career objectives. Your goals outline a career path roadmap guiding you to obtain the skills, experience, and education you need to succeed.

Goals help you measure progress. Specific goals, such as earning a certification in a specialized area, are much easier when you set actionable steps and deadlines for yourself.

Goals help you build your resume and develop the right competencies. Get focused on precisely which certifications and licenses you may need to boost your resume and move into a specialty. This can include taking classes, attending workshops, and participating in conferences for additional credentials.

Goals increase your sense of purpose. Setting goals is a motivator for keeping track of your progress, so you evaluate your career against your own achievements. Learning and building skills builds confidence.

Goals can set you up for career advancement. Whether you want to become a director, move into a more laid-back nursing opportunity, or start your own health care business, setting goals helps you progress faster.

5 examples of professional nursing goals

Your goals can focus on anything that helps you in your professional nursing career. Establish goals that fit your nursing career path and commit to achieving them.

1. Set a goal to build your experience.

Develop a list of experiences you want to gain. What do you want to achieve in your first three months of practice? This can help you make the most of your time and become competent more quickly. Setting a tangible goal can give you the courage to put your hand up to volunteer even it is challenging. 

Experience-driven goals to consider

• Assess and plan care needed for a specific type of patient

• Care for patients in both pre-surgery and post-surgery settings

• Measure and administer controlled drugs

• Take blood from a patient with difficult veins

• Do a patient handover to a senior nurse

• Supervise staff in a ward

• Care for patients in an acute medical setting

• Mentor a support worker or health care assistants

• Support patient families through an emotional time

2. Set a goal to get more education to advance your career.

For many nurses, success in their career is synonymous with advancing to progressively higher nursing levels. From nursing assistant and nursing assistant II to registered nurse (RN), nurse practitioner, and clinical nurse specialist (CNS), you can move up the ranks and achieve greater autonomy and responsibility. As you gain experience, you can also move up the pay scale.

The following are some roles to shoot for:

Certified nursing assistant (CNA): $43,413 [ 2 ]

Licensed practical nurse (LPN): $98,739 [ 3 ]

Registered nurse (RN): $122,893 [ 4 ]

Advanced practice nurse (APN): $113,832 [ 5 ]

Executive director of nursing: $140,453 [ 6 ]

The nursing profession offers you many career paths. You can work in clinical roles, research, education, management, public health, or consultancy. When mapping out your job progression plan, it’s a good idea to look at the resumes of people doing the job you want. Reviewing Linkedin profiles can help you gain insights to plan your nursing career path.

3. Set a goal to build soft skills.

Being a nurse is more than just a set of technical skills like drawing blood and taking temperature. A good nurse is a critical thinker, an ethical problem solver, an expert at time management, a team leader and builder, and overall, a patient, detailed, and compassionate human being.

You can set goals to build your soft skills and practice them in your work.

4. Set a goal to build technical nursing competencies.

To maintain competency in your current role, you'll want to stay up to date with new equipment, advances in health care technology, and treatment options. By increasing your technical nursing competencies and mastering new clinical procedures, you can advance your nursing career.

You may set goals to develop competencies such as:

Using urgent and emergency care equipment

Checking, monitoring, and assessing vital signs

Being proficient in compassionate patient and family education

Using medical information systems

Developing acute and specialist skills, such as a catheter, ventilator, ECG, and tracheostomy

With the increasing complexity of technology and care in health settings, you’ll need to continue to build your technical knowledge and skills throughout your career. 

5. Set a goal to broaden your nursing experiences.

As you advance in your career, it's easy to feel that you know what you're doing and get comfortable. To fulfill your potential, continually challenge yourself.

One way to do this is to spend time in different areas, working with different people, and learning new skills. If you are aiming for senior nursing roles, you may want to set a goal of working in various nursing settings throughout your career. As well as allowing you to broaden your experience, this can help you get a bigger picture of health care and prepare you for advanced or specialized roles

You might set a goal to get work experience in settings like:

Medical centers

Inpatient settings

Outpatient settings

Residential homes

Health centers

Corporate settings

Emergency departments

You can also get experience working in many nursing areas and specialties:

Adult health nursing

Cardiac care nursing

Critical care nursing

Emergency room nursing

Geriatrics (care of older adults)

Medical/surgical nursing

Mental health/psychiatric nursing

Neonatal (newborn) care nursing

Oncology (cancer care) nursing

Pediatric (child care) nursing

Tips on setting your nursing goals

To succeed in the nursing profession, you’ll need to set short-term and long-term goals.

When setting your professional goals , make sure they are SMART:

Specific: Get clear on exactly what you want to achieve.

Measurable: How will you know if you have reached your goal? Set a target.

Achievable: Make sure it is possible to reach your goal.

Realistic: Your goals should be practical and relevant to you and your career.

Time-based : Set a deadline for reaching your goals to help you stay on track. 

Choose where you want to go in your career and work back from there. Think about your values, personal qualities, and what motivates you.

Take small steps toward your long-term goals

Think of your short-term professional goals as steps to achieve your long-term career goals. For example, suppose you want to become a nurse manager in the next five years. In that case, short-term goals could include earning a professional leadership certificate, gaining supervisory or team leadership experience, and ensuring that your core clinical skills are top-notch.

Take the next step

Consider Introduction to Integrative Nursing as part of the Integrative Nursing Specialization offered by the University of Minnesota to help you reach your nursing goals. You'll learn how to set patient care goals and learn a diverse set of integrative healing modalities.

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Glassdoor, “ How much does a Certified Nursing Assistant make? https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/certified-nursing-assistant-salary-SRCH_KO0,27.htm.” Accessed August 9, 2023.

Glassdoor, “ How much does a Licensed Practical Nurse make? https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/licensed-practical-nurse-salary-SRCH_KO0,24.htm.” Accessed August 9, 2023.

Glassdoor, “ How much does a Registered Nurse make? https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/registered-nurse-salary-SRCH_KO0,16.htm.” Accessed August 9, 2023.

Glassdoor, “ How much does a Advanced Practice Nurse make? https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/advanced-practice-nurse-salary-SRCH_KO0,23.htm.” Accessed August 9, 2023.

Glassdoor, “ How much does a RN (Masters Degree)Staff Nurse make? https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/rn-masters-degree-staff-nurse-salary-SRCH_KO0,29.htm.” Accessed August 9, 2023.

Glassdoor, “ How much does a Doctor of Nursing Practice make? https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/doctor-of-nursing-practice-salary-SRCH_KO0,26.htm.” Accessed August 9, 2023.

Glassdoor, “ How much does a Executive Director Nursing make? https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/executive-director-of-nursing-salary-SRCH_KO0,29.htm.” Accessed August 9, 2023.

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15 Examples of Nursing Career Goals and How To Reach Them

educational and career goals in nursing essay

Nurses are more in demand than ever before, making the nursing profession rich with opportunities. You may be wondering, “Why is nursing a good career?” With most nursing roles projected to grow from 2020 to 2030 , there’s never been a better time to be a nurse. But with so much job growth potential comes competition, which makes it important to consistently invest in yourself and your skills.

Any sort of professional development needs clearly determined professional goals in order to be effective. Your professional goals should always be SMART goals: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. Here we’ll share 15 nursing career goals to consider for yourself and tips on how to achieve them.

Why Are Goals Important for Your Nursing Career?

Setting long-term goals will help you advance in your career as a nurse. Accomplishing these goals will increase your personal and professional satisfaction and will also combat burnout. Setting goals for your nursing career can help you:

  • Constantly develop skills
  • Improve earning potential
  • Feel fulfilled

15 Nursing Career Goals

1. manage advanced technologies..

There is only one constant with medical technology: it’s always evolving. Nurses working in medical facilities often use technology, like portable patient monitors or telehealth services , to create, access, or update patient files. Learning how to use these healthcare technologies—however daunting it may seem—can benefit your career.

Stay up to date with changing tech in the medical field by doing the following:

  • Read free blogs for nurses
  • Subscribe to magazines and journals for nurses
  • Download apps for nurses
  • Join professional organizations for nurses

2. Get nursing certifications.

Nursing certifications are helpful in all stages of your nursing career, whether you’re new to the workforce or looking for advancement. Gain a competitive leg up on other candidates by earning a certificate in an area you’re particularly interested in, such as first aid, clinical research skills, pediatrics, oncology, or neonatology.

3. Find a mentor.

Mentors can be extremely useful when planning your professional development. They can help you set goals, make difficult decisions, shape your professional values, and grow in your career. While some medical facilities have formal internal mentorship programs for nurses, you could simply seek out an informal mentor by asking a nurse you admire out for coffee. A good mentor can provide context on the wider nursing industry, share insight into their personal experience and lessons learned, and introduce you to new nurse connections.

4. Advance your nursing degree.

Advancing your nursing degree can boost your résumé, increase job security, and help you make more money. If you already have an associate degree in nursing, consider working towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). If you already have a bachelor's degree and would like to take on a leadership position in nursing administration and management, consider earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) specializing in leadership.

5. Start volunteering.

There is a constant and high demand for nurses to volunteer their time at clinics, hospitals, and other medical facilities in underserved communities, both in the United States and abroad. Internationally there is an even greater need and appreciation for volunteer nurses in developing countries. Both nursing students and registered nurses are often eligible for these types of programs. Providing volunteer assistance can be a very rewarding experience that can’t be replicated in a classroom or textbook.

6. Specialize in a particular nursing field.

While nurses are often “Jacks/Janes of all trades,” it’s wise to become a master of one. Maybe you entered the nursing field because of a particular personal experience that resonated with you, such as losing a family member to cancer. Or maybe you’re a couple of years into your career as a registered nurse and have realized you’re passionate about working with children. Either way, there are many different specialization roads nurses can walk down in their career path.

Consider the following types of medicine to specialize in:

  • Ambulatory care
  • Cardiovascular (care for patients with heart and blood issues)
  • Dialysis (the removal of waste from a patient's kidneys)
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics (care for elderly adults)
  • Holistic care
  • Infection control and prevention
  • Medical-surgical
  • Neonatal (care for newborns)
  • Neuroscience
  • Obstetrics (care for pregnant women and new mothers)
  • Oncology (care for patients with tumors)
  • Orthopedics (care for patients with bone and muscle issues)
  • Pediatrics or children's healthcare
  • Psychiatric or mental health care

7. Take care of yourself.

Nurses who practice self-care can ultimately perform their duties more efficiently and provide better care for their patients. Self-care is much more than a bubble bath on Sundays. It’s multiple deliberate activities all humans should do for mental and physical well-being. While self-care is important for all, it’s especially important for nurses whose main job is caring for others. You must keep your tank filled up so that you can provide better nursing care.

Examples of self-care include:

  • Mental: Meditate, journal, see a therapist, and practice positive visualization.
  • Physical: Eat quality foods, maintain a healthy weight, stretch daily, walk or stand more, and sit less.

8. Improve efficiency.

Becoming more efficient in your day-to-day nursing job tasks helps create balance when juggling multiple responsibilities. Efficiently completing tasks in a timely manner can create space for more responsibilities and career growth.

Here are some strategies that nurses can practice to improve efficiency:

  • Intention-setting: In the morning or the night before your workday, take a few minutes to write down or speak out loud your intentions for the day. What goals do you have? What tasks will you accomplish? What habits will you practice?
  • Organization: Plan your day—including breaks—in whatever way works for you (Google Calendar, physical planner, etc.).
  • Prioritization: With many tasks constantly vying for your attention, practice prioritizing the most important tasks first thing. Or, try structuring your day based on when you’re most productive and have the highest energy.

9. Improve communication skills.

Improving your communication skills is so important for career growth for nurses. Strong communication skills can boost health outcomes for patients and enhance relationships with co-workers, patients, and families. Good communication skills for nurses go beyond written and verbal communication. Nurses who actively listen are better able to care for patients, take direction from doctors, and be part of a team.

Other aspects of effective communication include:

  • Patient education
  • Compassion/trust
  • Cultural awareness
  • Presentation skills

educational and career goals in nursing essay

10. Specialize in certain tasks.

Specializing in certain tasks is important for career growth as it improves productivity and accuracy. Most nurses have a broad scope of responsibilities and tasks that vary from patient to patient. But it’s never bad to be known for doing one particular task well.

Try earning a reputation for being exceptional for one of the following:

  • Administering medications and treatments to patients.
  • Collaborating within your team and across other teams on patient care.
  • Providing compassionate support to patients in need.
  • Operating medical equipment and technologies.
  • Educating your patients on managing their illness.

11. Maintain work-life balance.

Leading a balanced life can help you perform better as a nurse. It’s easy to fall into a workaholic trap and take your work home with you, but this will result in burnout. Make self-care a priority by keeping your physical and emotional needs a top priority, and don’t forget to have fun, too. For some selfless people (which many nurses are), making time for fun is actually a goal that can help you further your career. When you’re happy and healthy, it manifests as success in all areas of life.

12. Become an advocate.

A noble career goal for a nurse is to become a better advocate. Advocating can be for your patients, for new policies at work, or for practices you believe strongly in. Nurses can help advocate for patients by guiding them through the medical system and providing resources. For example, nurses can advocate for patients receiving chemotherapy with information on taking anti-nausea medication effectively. On a larger scale, you could become an advocate seeking to create systemic change by addressing health inequities and influencing health policy.

13. Become a mentor for others.

Mentoring another nurse that’s new in the field helps you become a better nurse. Nurse mentorship programs provide mutual professional growth through a supportive and ongoing relationship. As a mentor, you can help your mentee by offering emotional support, helping to chart a career path, and providing guidance on the day-to-day. Ultimately, helping another nurse will provide you with fulfillment in both your career and life.

14. Participate in workshops, in-services, or job shadowing.

If your workplace offers workshops, in-service classes, or job shadowing, you should take full advantage of those opportunities. Nursing is a dynamic profession that’s always changing, and nurses must adapt to new technology and policies faster than ever. These learning opportunities are usually free ways to expand your nursing industry knowledge and further enforce your commitment to your employer.

15. Learn on your own.

Outside of in-service classes and on-the-job shadowing offered by your employer, seeking out opportunities to learn on your own should be a constant nursing career goal. Courses, conferences, and webinars are all common sources for continuing education for nurses. You can also choose to continue your formal education by advancing your nursing degree.

Why Choose WGU?

With WGU’s accredited online nursing degrees you can continue working at your full-time job and maintain your family or personal responsibilities while pursuing your ideal nursing position through BSN or MSN degrees. WGU is flexible with your needs. You don't have to log in to classes and there aren't due dates. Learn more about our master’s degrees in nursing .

There are numerous opportunities that exist after getting a master’s degree in nursing. With an MSN, you could go on to become a:

  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Informatics Nurse
  • Nurse Educator

As an MSN-educated nurse, your work in healthcare would change lives every day. After earning an MSN, you’ll have more opportunities to advance your healthcare career and impact patient care with a post-master’s certificate in nursing . You already have critical skills and knowledge that have brought you to an impactful career—now you can add additional specialty skills that will allow you to go further.

At WGU, there are two post-master’s certificate nursing programs that help master’s degree-holding nursing professionals advance in or diversify their career paths:

  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing–Education
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing–Leadership and Management

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

A bachelor’s degree in nursing through WGU is an online nursing degree program designed for working registered nurses who have an ADN or nursing diploma and need an RN-to-BSN degree program that’s flexible with their schedule. The program focuses on the areas of research, theory, leadership, community concepts, healthcare policy, therapeutic interventions, and current trends in healthcare. You’ll learn to improve patient outcomes and influence communities with your knowledge of evidence-based practice, patient safety, technology integration, and healthcare systems and policies.

What is a master’s degree in nursing?

If your vision of your professional future includes a role in nursing administration and management, a CCNE-accredited master’s degree in nursing (MSN) is a must. When you pursue this degree, you'll get clinical practice experiences such as real-time simulation using immersive virtual reality training. Nurse managers with a master's degree combine their technical nursing know-how with strong people skills, organizational prowess, and business knowledge to lead healthcare teams to success—success that transforms lives. You’ll also increase your earning power.

How much do RN nurses make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for registered nurses is $75,330 .

How much do BSN nurses make?

While the BLS doesn’t differentiate between nurses who’ve earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) versus those who’ve earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), according to Nurse.org , what degree you have does impact how much you can make. Amongst the ADN and BSN nurses polled, Nurse.org found that BSN nurses were earning, on average, $3.89 more per hour than ADNs.

How much do MSN nurses make?

According to the BLS, the median pay for master’s-educated nurses is $117,670 per year .

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How to write a Nursing Career Plan Essay (Plus Example)

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The nursing profession is an essential part of the healthcare system. It is the glue that holds the healthcare journey together. For this reason, any person aspiring to join this magnificent but challenging profession must acquire extensive knowledge, education, and the necessary skills before practicing as a nurse. But before entering nursing school , you must show the college reviewers that you are up for the task by writing a career plan essay.

A nursing career plan is an essential document that serves as a roadmap for aspiring nurses. It outlines the goals, aspirations, and strategies for professional development for students aspiring to be nurses. You must, therefore, clearly state why you are passionate about the profession.

In this comprehensive guide, we will define what a nursing career plan is and show you how to write one that articulates your vision,

What is a Nursing Career Plan?

A nursing career plan is an important document that ranges between 300- 500 words outlining your goals, dreams, aspirations, and experiences .

It is a necessary document required before being enrolled in a nursing program. Depending on the nursing college or university of choice, you will be asked to write a nursing career plan essay explaining why you should be given a chance to pursue the program and the value you will bring to the institution. It is part of an institution’s competitive application process. For this reason, you must know how to write one.

A career plan essay is essential to helping you figure out what you want at the end of the program. While it is easy to state your dreams and aspirations, putting them down on paper is something else.

What Does a Career Plan Include?

A nursing career plan outlines how you intend to use the nursing degree after school. So, the essay's primary focus should be your goals and the necessary information that distinguishes you from other applicants. Some additional information that you should consider adding to your career plan essay is:

  • Personal stories that show what drives you to pursue the career.
  • Short-term goals that highlight your plans and identify the steps you will take.
  • Long-term goals for your career- This could be academic and professional.
  • Desired nursing environment. The nursing environment showcases what type of environment you wish to work. This will help the admissions board make an informed decision about which nursing program is right for you.
  • Academic qualifications. Nursing schools require your educational qualifications.  
  • Skills and experiences. Add information about your skills and experiences that are relevant to the program.

Steps for Writing a Great Nursing Career Plan

Follow these steps to write an effective nursing career plan essay.

Plan Your Essay

Before writing a career plan essay, you need to develop a plan for writing the content. Start thinking about what you wish to include in the document. This could be things like your qualifications, what sets you apart, and why you are passionate about it. As you do this, you might also consider the following:

  • Who is your audience?
  • Why are you applying for the nursing program?
  • Key character traits that set you apart and make you ideal for nursing?
  • Why should the admissions board consider your application?
  • What kind of steps are you taking to achieve the goals?

Answering these questions will help you write an impactful nursing career plan essay.

What Your Motivation

Think about your motivations for choosing nursing as a career of choice. Consider what inspired your interest in a healthcare career. Is it a desire to help those around you? A personal experience that sparked your interest? Or your fascination with the healthcare industry. Keep in mind that nursing is a career that demands a lot from an individual. You may have to sacrifice a lot, including some relationships and personal time, to earn that degree. Your motivation will guide you through all the hurdles. Therefore, clearly state your reasons and how they align with your values and aspirations. By doing this in your essay, you will demonstrate to the recruiters that you are passionate and committed to the profession.

Define Your Goals

You must identify both short- and long-term goals for your nursing career, no matter how small you think they are. For instance, your short-term goals could be finishing assignments and submitting them on time, attending class early, gaining practical experience through clinical rotations, and procuring specific nursing certifications. On the other hand, long-term goals could be choosing a specialization, for instance, working in pediatrics, geriatrics, or critical care. Or maybe you wish to take up leadership roles or research opportunities? Define these goals clearly, ensuring they align with your passions and aspirations.

If you have no clue about your long-term goals. Consider conducting relevant research on nursing programs to comprehensively understand the different career paths, specialties, and available opportunities. Carefully explore the different roles and determine which areas align most with your interests and goals. Doing this will help you tailor your career plan essay and make an informed decision about the desired nursing path.

Please remember, as you set your goals, make sure they are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). Goal setting is an effective way to monitor your progress in school and your profession.

Assess Your Skills and Knowledge

Conduct an honest self-assessment of your skills and knowledge to determine what you have to offer. Break down your skills into the following categories: knowledge-based skills, transferable skills, and soft skills.

  • Knowledge-based skills are those that you have acquired from your previous education or job experience.
  • Transferable skills can be incorporated into various roles, including leadership, communication, problem-solving, and analysis.
  • Soft skills involve personality. These traits include a positive work ethic, adaptability, and being a team player.

Ensure you identify areas where you excel and those that require further development. Once you have broken down your skills into the above categories, you will be able to identify the necessary steps to enhance them and fill any knowledge gaps. This will then ensure that you are well-prepared for a career in nursing.

Create a Timeline

You must show the admissions board that you have goals and aspirations and the commitment to achieving them. State all the strategies that you will use to accomplish these plans. This could involve furthering your education, attending healthcare conferences, participating in professional organizations related to nursing, and seeking mentorship from experienced nurses. Highlight any steps you plan to enhance your skills, knowledge, and expertise in your chosen nursing specialty.

Come up with a timeline that outlines your milestones and deadlines for achieving plans. This timeline will keep you focused and motivated throughout your education and nursing career. Please ensure that the timeline is realistic. Allow some flexibility for unexpected situations that could arise during this time.

Highlight Your Commitment to Patent Care

Since this is a nursing program, you must show the admissions board that you are committed to patient care; that's what the whole career is based on. Explain what values and ethical principles you will embrace during your practice. Additionally emphasize the importance of cultural sensitivity, advocating for patients’ rights and interest, and evidence-based care. Share relevant personal experiences or stories that prove your dedication to delivering high-quality, patient-centred care.

Organize Your Work

Trying to figure out how to write a nursing career plan essay is challenging when your thoughts are disorganized. For this reason, you must create an outline highlighting all the points you will cover in the paper. An outline will also help you develop an excellent nursing career plan essay that impresses your target audience. It will also help you identify areas for improvement that add essential information to the essay.

A good outline must have the following:

  • An introduction - This is the first paragraph of your essay, which outlines why you are writing the career goal essay.
  • Body paragraphs -explain the main idea behind your essay. It must state your goals and how you intend to achieve them.
  • Conclusion - As the last paragraph of your essay, a conclusion should summarize what you have discussed throughout the essay.

Come up with a Great Title

Like all other academic essays, a nursing career plan must have a great title that accurately tells readers what you will discuss. Ensure the title suits the essay's purpose and highly resonates with your target audience. So, highlight qualities the admission board will likely appreciate, like professionalism and originality.

Consider writing the title after you are done writing the rest of the essay when you know what information to add that will capture the context of the paper.  

Write a Captivating Introduction

Now that you have everything you need to write a good nursing career plan essay, write a great introduction. A great introduction that grabs the readers' attention will go a long way in encouraging the admissions board to rest the paper. It tells them that it is not just an essay they are used to reading. Remember that these people go through thousands of career plan essays, so you must ensure you stand out.

After writing a good introduction, end with a thesis statement highlighting your motivation for choosing the nursing program. Remember that the essay aims to show your goals for the nursing program. So, apart from outlining the theme of the essay, it should also show your “why.”

Many students find the introduction the most challenging part of writing a career plan essay. So, you may have to consider writing it last if you want it to reflect everything you have talked about in the body part.

Write the Body Paragraphs

The body paragraphs should mention all the essential details about your goals and ambitions. Explain why these goals are essential and why the nursing program means so much to you. Then, clarify all the actions you would take to achieve these goals.

Finish with a Great Conclusion

As with any academic essay, your conclusion must summarize everything you have discussed in the essay. Don’t add anything new; it will tell readers you have not cohesively written your essay. Mention the goals again and state why you wish to study the program in the particular school.

Tips for Writing a Nursing Career Goal Essay

Use these tips to help improve your nursing career goal essay.

Cite Your Sources

Ensure you cite everything that is not your own in the essay. This tells your readers you value and respect other authors by giving them credit for their work. It also demonstrates that you are well-versed with essay writing standards. Additionally, if you state that you have worked in a healthcare setting and acquired relevant nursing skills, provide evidence about your experience there.

Ensure you provide a list of references at the end of the paper. This will show that you have researched the work.

Use the Proper Structure

Since this is a formal document, it must follow the appropriate structure, especially if you are trying to get admission into a nursing school. So, ensure that you have structured it well, including the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. It should also meet all the requirements needed in a career plan and those that apply to a formal essay. If there is a specific structure that the institution wants you to use, make sure you follow it to the letter.

Use Your Unique Voice

Make sure you use your own unique and creative voice throughout the essay. Write about your aspirations and goals in a way that reflects your personality. Use a language that is easy to understand and fits your personality experience. Just because you are writing to an admission board does mean you should use complex vocabulary. Your writing should be communicated consistently throughout the essay. This will tell your target audience that you are taking the nursing career very seriously.

Sharing a little backstory about yourself is a great tip to show your personality. This could be a unique experience that shaped your desire for the nursing profession. Clearly explain why you chose this profession amongst others. Share any pivotal moment in your life that made you make this step.

Proofread Your Essay

Before you submit the nursing career plan essay, ensure that it has no errors. Follow the editing and proofreading tips to evaluate your essay for mechanical correctness. Proofread after you have finished writing.

Follow the Word Length Given 

You must follow all the instructions given, especially in word length. Going above the word count will distract from the intended message and tell your readers that you are not really keen on following instructions. So, check the word count periodically to ensure you stay on the limit.

Sample of a Nursing Career Plan Essay

Nursing is a great and noble career that provides more room for professional advancement ((Waddell et al., 2008). Nurses perform various functions in healthcare settings. They work with doctors, pharmacists, therapists, social workers, and other professionals to save lives and alleviate patients' suffering. I want to join the program and help those in need.  My long-term goal is to be a leader serving an entire health institute ward. However, I do understand that to get there, I must first have a solid academic foundation. For this reason, I wish to join a nursing program and become a registered nurse within four years. I understand nursing can be challenging, so I intend to work hard and work the required hours to finish my degree program.  I was drawn into the program because the career requires being close to another person to understand their needs. One has to be involved with a patient's key moments, including birth and death. I have had an opportunity to work closely with elderly people in a nursing home, which enabled me to acquire patient care skills, including helping patients maintain oral hygiene and take their medications. Action Steps  I must complete a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Nursing to attain the leadership role . During my studies, I intend to join an internship program to demonstrate the knowledge acquired in class and gain technical skills and experience. This experience will be sufficient when working in the Nation Health Service. For my short-term goals, I intend to improve my skills throughout my time in school continuously. I'll join various group discussions to improve my oral and presentation skills. Professional Development I intend to gain more skills and focus on my studies for the remaining two years of education. I will focus more on my weaknesses to ensure I become the best I can be, especially in mastering drugs and professional patient observation. Conclusion Nurses have a fundamental role to play in the hospital setting. This is why there is a need for constant professional improvement and new skills to ensure they are in a better position to care for their patients. Therefore, one must have a plan on how they intend to achieve these goals by doing a self-assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses and develop their career plans. References Waddell, J., Donner, G. J., & Wheeler, M. M. (2008). Building Your Nursing Career: A Guide for Students. Mosby.

The above sample is intended to give you a general idea of how to write a nursing career sample.

What to Avoid When Writing a Nursing Career Goal Essay

Your career goals essay should be as straightforward as possible. The following are some things you must avoid when writing the essay.

Weak Statements

Every word, phrase, and statement should be specific to your experience. For instance, a sentence like the following, I want to study nursing because it will allow me to get a well-paying job after graduation , doesn’t communicate why you are passionate about the profession. You must be specific about your goals and ambitions and clearly state your reasons for applying to the nursing school.

Talking About Finances

A career plan essay aims to show your short- and long-term goals about the nursing program. So, the admissions board wants to see your passion for the career in your essay. Sure, a career in nursing could be lucrative, but you don't have to show it in your essay. Focusing on fiancées shows that you are not focused on longevity in your career.

Starting Blandly

Don’t begin your essay with lackluster statements such as, ‘my career goal in nursing is…’ behind with a captivating story that is impactful to your career goal essay. Inject something exciting about your life by sharing an anecdote to set the stage for your career aspirations.

Failing to Connect Your Goals with the Nursing

Clearly state what drove you to choose the nursing program and why you want to pursue it as a career. Thus, share specific examples to demonstrate your motivation and clarify the goals for the program.

Final Word on Writing a Nursing Career Plan Essay

A nursing career plan essay is a vital document that you can use to showcase your goals and aspirations for a nursing career. Writing the essay is a proactive approach to professional success. While setting these goals is important, remember to be flexible and adaptable to navigate the ever-changing healthcare landscape.

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Essay on Nursing Education Goals

I am a nurse practitioner with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), working towards Bachelors in Nursing (BSN). It is a four-year program that prepares an individual for careers as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and that is the minimum academic requirement. Pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) offers a practising nurse a wide range of work environments and career possibilities. An ADN nurse can work directly with diversified patients, including women, children, men, elderly individuals, and adolescents (Feeg & Mancino, 2016).

The nursing program prepares nurses to offer high-quality health care, which therefore assures job security. ADN nurses can work in many diverse communities and healthcare settings. The roles of nurses with an ADN include patient assessment, medical diagnosis, and treatment, operating medical equipment, offering health education, caring for patients in admission wards, and collaborating with other professionals in healthcare delivery. Their places of work include nursing care facilities, professional schools, outpatient care centres and colleges, home healthcare services, residential care facilities, and hospitals (Ghaffari, 2017).

The IOM Recommendation and Professional Educational Goals

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recognizes that nurses should play a role in adapting to the new challenges in the healthcare sector which is increasingly dynamic. IOM recommends that for nurses to meet the demands of the dynamic healthcare systems, there is a need for them to transform their nursing practice by continually pursuing higher education, and achieving higher levels of training and education (Altman et al., 2016). In considering that, as an ADN nurse, I plan to achieve additional professional certification and later pursue an advanced degree.

I plan to pursue professional certification in at least four key areas of my nursing practice, which will make me a skilled, all-around competent healthcare practitioner. The skills will help me lower the risks of medical errors, and promote quality care that enhances patient satisfaction. I will undertake AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN) professional certification which requires a registered nurse to actively take part in HIV/AIDS nursing for a period of a minimum of two years. The nurse is then expected to take a professional exam that tests his/her expertise in epidemiology and prevention, ethical and legal issues, psychosocial, and pathophysiology issues in HIV/AIDS. This professional knowledge will promote my nursing skills to help in the provision of care for HIV positive members of the community that has been on the rise in past years.

I am planning to pursue a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) which requires a registered nurse to complete 1,800 hours of clinical pediatric care for two consecutive years after which he/she is eligible to undertake the examination. The CPN certification will increase my competitiveness in the healthcare job market by validating my professional skills in pediatric nursing. I plan to undertake an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) which requires a nurse to take part in oncology care practice for at least 2,000 hours in two consecutive years. The exams in the OCN course test for knowledge in treatment modalities, continuum, symptom management, oncology nursing practice, and palliative care. The OCN knowledge will increase my job competitiveness during this time when there is a rising number of oncology care centres in society necessitated by the rapid rates of cancer infection. Additionally, I plan to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC). This course will validate my skills in diagnosing illnesses, evaluating their needs, and administering care. Before undertaking the FNP-BC exam, the nurse is supposed to complete 500 faculty-supervised practice hours.

In my career life, I plan to achieve a more advanced degree in nursing as a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a speciality in Endocrinology. It takes four years to complete the program: therefore, I will have accomplished my goal in this period. The reason for pursuing a DNP course is to obtain knowledge and skills essential for leadership roles in nursing: scientific research, innovation of new economical treatment procedures, influencing others, policy implementation, and influence healthcare outcomes (Burson et al., 2016). Furthermore, the DNP qualification will expand my career choices to include Nurse Manager among others.

Impact of Increased Education Level on Job Competitiveness

Increasing my educational level will increase my competitive ability in the job market, and enhance my job security. The professional certification will be important to validate all the skills I learned during my Associate Degree in Nursing, and combination with my DNP skills it will increase my professional competence and competitiveness. The current nursing labour market requires nurses to significantly expand their competencies in the provision of safe and quality healthcare for them to be competitive. The knowledge requirement for nurses has broadened to include competencies in leadership skills, public health, health policy, geriatrics, evidence-based practice, system improvement, and research (Dechezleprêtre & Sato, 2017). My education advancement will therefore equip me with requisite skills.

Impact of Continued Education on Nurses and their Professional Practice

The healthcare sector has continued to evolve due to advancing health technology, changes in the cultural composition of patients, and the presentation of multiple conditions in an individual client. The nurses, therefore, needs to continually equip themselves with new and innovative clinical knowledge to handle the challenging cases in healthcare. A nurse may choose to advance their knowledge in a specific area such as pediatric nursing, and continuing education helps them become experts in handling specific pediatric cases (Dechezleprêtre & Sato, 2017). The clinical knowledge and reasoning of a nurse are improved through continued learning, and this improves their view on attitudes towards the correctness of the nursing diagnosis. Through continued education, the standard of medical practice is improved since the nurse is equipped with knowledge diversity. Continued nurse education furthermore adds qualifications and certifications that consequently influence the ANA Scope of practice. As nurse’s certification level increases, ANA Scope expands. Nurse practitioners with diversified professional certification, equally have a wider scope of practice. Importantly, continued nurse education improves their understanding and respect for the Code of Ethics which guides their practice.

Continuing nursing education should be made mandatory as it assures more competence in nursing. It helps prevent errors and promote quality care in today’s healthcare sector which is characterized by changing patient needs, and rapid technological advancements. Continued education equips nurses with essential knowledge that improves their professional growth and competitiveness in the job market. Furthermore, through continued education, the professional nurses achieve networking which helps grow and develop their expertise in different diversity fields.

Altman, S. H., Butler, A. S., Shern, L., & National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2016). Promoting Diversity. In  Assessing Progress on the Institute of Medicine Report The Future of Nursing . National Academies Press (US).

Burson, R., Moran, K. J., & Conrad, D. (2016). Why Hire a Doctor of Nursing Practice–Prepared Nurse? The Value Added Impact of the Practice Doctorate.  Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice ,  9 (1), 152-157.

Dechezleprêtre, A., & Sato, M. (2017). The impacts of environmental regulations on competitiveness.  Review of Environmental Economics and Policy ,  11 (2), 183-206.

Feeg, V., & Mancino, D. J. (2016). Trends upward and trends downward reflecting a changing job market for new nursing graduates.  Dean’s Notes ,  37 (4-5), 1-5.

Ghaffari, M. (2017). Preparing Nurses for Community Health Care: A Comparative Study of the ADN and BSN Programs.  International Journal ,  5 (2), 32-45.

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Please consider this admission essay towards my acceptance into your prestigious nursing school as a BSN student. My professional goals are to work in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). I welcome the opportunity to improve a patient’s life whether in a fleeting moment or during the times the patient is recovering in the ICU unit. Many nurses have informed me, the ICU can take a personal toll on a nurse because not every patient may survive while others are blessed with life. However, I do not see ICU as a place full of illness and pain.  I see it as a place that I can make someone is last moments the best or make their recovery as relaxed as possible.  This leads to my personal nursing goal to spend my nursing career giving every patient quality care, my personal time, and my personal commitment to ensure their visit is one of compassionate care.

I intend to apply myself diligently to my studies because I am passionate about education. The more I learn about nursing during my years of medical studies, the more equipped I will be to help my patients. This is one the reasons for choosing the nursing profession.  I want to go to work every day knowing that I can help somebody who could be going through the worst day of his or her life.  I want to be able to hold patients hands and assure them that everything is going to be all right, even when it is not going to be.

At my tender of 50, I believe my years of professional experience combined with the BSN curriculum will provide me the perfect foundation to becoming a nurse while venturing into the nursing educational career path. The entry into the nursing industry should be an easy transition with the must documented future nursing shortages.  According to National Academy of Sciences (2008),” Our most conservative estimates say that by 2020 we will be short about 340,000 nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics thinks that the number will be 1.4 million” (pg.22).  One of my professional goals is to be among the many potential nurses that can help fill the void of the future nursing shortages.

Personal Definition of Nursing

My definition of nursing is to educate people about a healthy lifestyle that can reduce the number and seriousness of preventative illnesses and accidents. However, when people become ill regardless of the reason, diagnosis, or anticipated prognosis—a nurse must give the best possible care, comfort, and protection.  Variables such as the patients, race, SES, and religion must not affect the nursing care a patient receives.  Nursing care is not always provided in a state-of-the-art hospital:  It may take place in a remote nursing station, in a private home, a prison, or in a third-world country where there would be a definite lack of our modern day medical technology.  A good nurse remains positive under these conditions so as not to worry her patients and improvises as much as possible.  An easy work situation is a rarity for nurses.  Therefore, they should be prepared to work hard and smart.  A nurse must be committed to her profession, whatever that may require at any given time.

Concept of Career Opportunities in the Nursing Field

There are an overwhelming number of opportunities in the nursing field.  Depending upon the size of the hospital, one can find staff nurses, nurses in charge of a ward, nurses with specialties such as ICU nurses, operating room nurses, recovery room nurses, geriatric nurses, pediatric nurses, oncology nurses, orthopedic nurses, director of nurses, nurse practitioners, and others.  The higher positions, obviously, require more education.  I believe that once I have more-than-satisfactorily completed my BSN and performed well as a nurse, if I wanted to advance to my goal of an ICU nurse and facilitator of patient post op care, I would, in due course, be given any required specialty education and subsequent placements. On the other hand, I may, eventually, wish to obtain my MSN or NP.  Again, I believe that if I have performed well in all areas of my responsibilities, including ethical behaviour with patients and their families as well as working within the line of authority as delineated in the organizational chart, I could count on my hospital to give me the necessary opportunity and support.

The opportunities that exist for nurses are almost without limits.  Nurses can work in nursing stations in remote communities and on reserves.  In these places, their scope of nursing duties is usually greater than it would be in a city, and so is their pay.  In some cases, nurses can live in these locations, while in other cases they just travel (usually by plane) in for a couple of days.  Nurses can also work for the Red Cross in the USA and Canada as well as in third-world countries where the work is varied and the scope of duties greatly increased. Nurses are also employed in doctors’ offices; in industry; in various public health functions; and in education, the latter being an area into which it is currently my goal to enter when I am around 50 years of age.  Here there also exist various venues.  I could go into teaching nursing at universities here or abroad.  I cannot think of another career that offers the many opportunities that nursing does.

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For your college scholarship essay, you may be asked about your career goals. The scholarship committee wants to see how investing in your education will help your career. Do you have a definitive plan? Will a college education fit into that plan? These are the answers they want to see.

In this guide, we will provide some scholarship essay examples about career goals to jumpstart your essay writing.

Writing tips for career goals scholarship essays

Here are some quick tips for writing career goal scholarship essays:

  • Write about career goals that tie into the scholarship. This doesn’t mean you have to lie about your career goals to make them fit. Find a way to relate them to the scholarship committee or other elements of the scholarship.
  • Be precise about your career goals. Avoid vague statements that suggest you do not have a plan. Judges like to see determination because it shows they’re making a worthy educational investment.
  • Discuss how your education will help you achieve your career goals. The scholarship will assist with your education. Show a connection between the two so they can see why you deserve this scholarship.
  • If you mention multiple goals, indicate which one you feel most strongly about. Longer essays may allow you to mention a backup plan, but the committee needs to see where your focus lies.
  • Avoid cliché statements. Describe how your specific talents, experiences, and degree pursuits will help you succeed.
  • Point out solutions, not problems. You may mention struggles you’ve had in the past, but pinpoint how you will learn from them. Moreover, show how those struggles led to your career goals.
  • Organize your thoughts in a fluid manner. This will most likely be in chronological order, starting with your degree and progressing through your career growth.
  • Write, revise, rest, revise. This goes for any essay writing. Write the first draft from start to finish. Then read through it and edit any grammar or flow errors. Take a break, preferably overnight, and then re-read your content with fresh eyes.

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In a 100-word scholarship essay, you need to quickly make your point. There is not enough room for a lengthy intro or backstory. Use concise, comprehensive statements to deliver the most information in the fewest words.

I’m a sophomore at Texas Tech University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Companion Animal Science. After graduation, I hope to attend Texas A&M to become a veterinarian serving rescue organizations and animal shelters. I was born and raised in the south, where it is common for people to abandon animals in rural areas. Those animals then go into a rescue – emaciated, frightened, and confused. I want to work with rescues to provide affordable veterinary medicine to the animals they save. This scholarship would help me continue my education and potentially save thousands of abandoned animals in the future.

Word count: 99

Example 2: Scholarship essay about career goals (250 words)

With a 250-word scholarship essay, you have a little more room to discuss the details of your career goals. You can explain situations from your past that inspired your career pursuits. You could use one paragraph to talk about your short-term goals and another to talk about your long-term goals. Just make sure the big picture ties into the scholarship.

My name is Patrick Holden and I am a freshman at the University of Michigan, majoring in English and minoring in linguistics. I plan to become an English teacher, but this wasn’t always what I had in mind.  When thinking about my future, I always saw myself in some sort of corporate office, perhaps as an executive assistant or a loan officer at a bank. My father works in the finance office for a car dealership and my mother works at a call center. I assumed I would follow a similar, albeit boring, path in life. In my junior year of high school, everything changed. My English teacher inspired me in ways I could have never imagined. She got me to love writing, literature, etymology, and everything about the English language. She made me want to be a better student in all of my classes, and she helped me see the value of education. I decided then that I wanted to inspire other students just as she did for me. My parents are unfortunately not able to contribute much toward my college expenses. I have earned a tuition scholarship based on my ACT score, but I still need additional funding for books and supplies. English majors have particularly high book costs because we have to purchase multiple books for each class. With the help of this scholarship, I could afford to continue my degree and become an English teacher.

Word count: 240

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Example 3: Scholarship essay about career goals (500 words)

With 500 words or more to play around with, you have plenty of space to talk about your career goals. Maintain the same theme throughout the scholarship essay. Each paragraph should connect to the next, and they should all work together to describe your career plan. Avoid making disconnected statements for the sake of word count. In the end, the scholarship committee should have a clear view of your educational plans and professional aspirations.

Internet marketing has gone from an optional method of advertisement to a vital step in business outreach. Even small businesses in remote towns look to the internet to attract customers and spread the word about their services. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing with an emphasis on Digital Marketing. With this training, I will be able to enter a profession that will only grow year by year. When I was younger, I found print advertisements to be fascinating. I loved reading the newspaper with my father just to see the full-page ads in between stories. When I got older though, those ads became less appealing because they were not adaptive. They seemed dated, static and ill-fit for changes in society. That’s when I discovered internet marketing. It was still in its infancy when I was in middle school, but by the time I graduated high school, it had become a staple in business development. I loved the way internet marketers had to constantly adjust to fit Google’s algorithms, new mobile devices, and new audiences. I knew this was the career for me. Originally, I planned to focus solely on business marketing because there were not many digital marketing degrees available. Over the last two years though, several schools throughout the country have developed internet marketing courses that explain fundamental methods of search engine optimization, website analytics, and more. These are the foundations I will build my career around. The best part about internet marketing is that there is always something new to learn. I can use my creative mind and exploratory nature to try new advertising methods that help businesses succeed. Every time they do well, I do well. This is the kind of job fulfillment most people can only dream of, but my educational plan and job prospects will allow me to achieve it. I have picked up some freelance jobs online to supplement my studies and help pay for my education. It is difficult to maintain a steady stream of income in freelance because I spend so much time on my school work. This scholarship could offset some of the costs and reduce my workload as a whole. While I will still work throughout the semester and full-time in the summers, having extra financial aid would greatly reduce my stress in college. I look forward to a future where I can use my marketing skills to help business owners achieve their career goals. I plan to spend the first few years after graduation working for a successful, long-standing digital marketing company. After I have enough on-the-job training to feel confident in my abilities, I will open my own internet marketing company in Chicago, where my family lives. I have a clear picture of where I will be in the next 10 years, and I know this degree is going to help me get there.

Word count: 481

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Essay on the Career Goal: Nursing Essay

In the modern world, the nurse’s role is changing dramatically: From being a resident assistant to the treating physician, the registered nurse (RN) is becoming the critical link in the clinic. RNs help provide a continuum of communication between patients, their families, and medical staff, which means that treatment and recovery outcomes depend on the effectiveness of their work. Given the structural changes in the professional role of the registered nurse, I could not help but take an interest in this field. Thus, my career goal is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing as the first step to becoming a professional nurse.

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Nursing has become particularly important in recent years and became especially important to the clinical system during the COVID-19 pandemic. By now, there are over 4.2 million registered nurses in the United States (USAHS). This large number represents about 1.3 percent of the nation’s total population, which means about one in 100 Americans is a registered nurse. This data shows how critical this role is to society, as a large number of people from various states would not choose the profession if it were not in demand. The Rafferty study indicates that “nurses can realise their potential as change agents in building a better future for health care” (Rafferty 475). Additionally, USAHS reports that the number of male nurses has tripled over the past 50 years, which also reflects a positive trend in this professional role and rapid removal of stigma.

There has historically been a bias against nurses regarding their importance. Although the nurse’s role is not controversial for patients who frequently encounter clinics and other stakeholders, healthy people can provoke stigma toward such staff. This prejudice has nothing to do with the current level of medical development since the nurse has long since ceased to be an adjunct to the physician but has been given a separate role, a theoretical foundation, and new functions. Opportunities for continual growth and helping sick people are features of today’s RNs that appeal to my career choice. Thus, my altruistic nature and desire to overcome stigma motivate me to continue my BSN training.

Since my chosen career is feasible, I have to think about the organizational details of professional development. I have to spend at least four years to get my BSN, which is the standard time frame for an undergraduate degree. However, it is likely that I will want to continue my studies after the BSN, in which case I will need additional time. To be specific, I will say that four years is the minimum I wish to cover, to begin with. The cost also depends on the state and university, but the average cost is about $40,000 (NJ). Hence, my plan is to continue to make savings at a compound interest rate that will help me have financial protection. I plan to study all four years carefully and do my homework and tests to get the solid knowledge I will need in the future.

To emphasize the bottom line, my central career goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree in registered nursing. This is the most specific and pressing goal I have set for myself in terms of career advancement. However, once I receive my BSN, I have no plans to graduate, as I want to advance my knowledge continually. Professional development requires careful academic work on myself, but in addition, I will also need to save up some money. To put it another way, in the next four years, I plan to work hard on my education in order to fulfill my personal career goal.

Works Cited

NJ. “ How Much Does Nursing School Cost? ” Nurse Journal . 2022. Web.

Rafferty, Anne M. “Nurses as Change Agents for a Better Future in Health Care: The Politics of Drift and Dilution.” Health Economics, Policy and Law , vol. 13, no. 3-4, 2018, pp. 475-491.

USAHS. “60 Key Nursing Statistics and Trends for 2021.” USA . 2021. Web.

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A career goals essay is a critical tool for students and professionals alike as it provides a structured space to articulate their ambitions, plans, and the steps they intend to take to achieve their career objectives.

This type of essay is often a requisite component of college applications, scholarship applications, and job applications. In this regard, it’s an indispensable element of one’s career development toolkit.

However, crafting a well-thought-out career goals essay necessitates deep introspection and a strategic approach to clearly convey one’s career aspirations and the motivation behind them. You must clearly communicate your professional aspirations, strengths, weaknesses, and the external opportunities and threats that might impact your educational and career trajectory. But first things first, let’s look at the general format for writing a career goals essay.

The Format of Writing a Career Goals Essay

This essay must have a specific and packed agenda, unlike personal statements that can cover one’s career goal but also allow for more flexibility in content. It demands a laser-like focus. In fact, a career goal essay prompt could involve multiple questions, and in such cases, you would want to ensure that you address each of them. An effective career goal essay follows a specific structure that includes the introduction, the body, and the conclusion.


A good reason to write a compelling introduction is to attract readers’ attention and make them want to read to the end. You can start with a thought-provoking question or quotation as the formulation of a problem. Then, other details will give an overview of the career plan. Sometimes, writing the introduction is a challenge. However, you can start with the body and write your introduction after. Once you have a clear picture of the essay, you will have an easier time crafting the introduction. The introductory paragraph should not exceed 10% of the entire length.

The body of the essay should have several paragraphs explaining the main idea of your essay, which is your career goal. Each paragraph should focus on a goal or point the applicant intends to achieve. You must include a strong thesis statement to let the reader know why you are applying for your desired degree program or the job position and a few sentences to support it. Besides, each section must end with a summative and transitioning statement. In addition, explain why you’re relevant for the degree program or job and what sets you apart from other candidates.

Each passage must adequately support each professional and education goal and should take approximately 80% of the entire composition in this case. To convince the audience, the writer must provide true, precise, accurate, and valid details to convince admission. Further, from a practical perspective, the body section should contain real-life cases that led to the professional choice. One should give facts and explanations on how various factors will improve the future occupation. Additionally, the important factors that an aspirant should consider are the way their career may contribute towards community development.

If the introduction is intended to interest the reader, the conclusion should seek to add integrity to the whole essay and leave your message in the reader’s memory. The ending paragraph should reintroduce the purpose of your writing, followed by a summary of the career ambition concept provided in the essay. Basically, the writer should link the opening and body section. In turn, this section must show the reader that one has come to the end of the writing. Hence, the ending passage should take approximately 10% of the entire essay.

Generally, writing this type of essay can be challenging for students as it requires clarity, introspection, and articulate expression of one’s ambitions. Nonetheless, professional custom essay writing service at CustomWritings offers valuable guidance by connecting students with experienced writers proficient in crafting compelling narratives. These experts ensure that the essay resonates with the student’s personal journey and meets the high standards expected by educational institutions and employers.

Write a Top-notch Career Goals Essay

Oftentimes, the scholarship committee wants to see how investing in your education will help your career. As a writer, you should consider the following tips to present an outstanding essay.

Understand the concept of career goals                 

Career goals are a form of personal development. Identify your career ambition before writing your career goal essay. When composing career goals essays, use your career aspiration to state your reason for pursuing a certain field of study, professional or job study. Focus on the professional or educational goals you would like to achieve. Your goal quality is a more accurate measure of success than the salary you wish to achieve. You can easily create a goal tree to identify your career goal. However, remember that your objectives and goals may change over time because of your work situation, life, or other factors.

Set goals for different stages of your career

Setting your career goals and achieving them is not an instantaneous process. While some dreams can be achieved in a short period, others take a protracted time to be realized. It would be best if you determined both short and long-term goals. To plan your career well, you must identify the necessary steps to achieve them.

  • Adaptation stage: You will have a better chance of succeeding with a well-defined action plan. Self-affirmation is the main objective in this stage. The desire to show your competence and ability to learn from your mentor is the pivot point of this goal. Describe your plan in this first stage if you are writing a career goal essay for graduate school or trying to acquire the first job.  
  • Formation stage: To make yourself valuable to your employer, you must strive to work independently at this formative stage. For example, you will work hard to prove that you deserve a better position than your peers.
  • Maturity stage: By the time you reach the maturity stage, you are an experienced professional already, likely looking to gain a managerial position and start educating younger employees.
  • Late career: Focus on a broader scope of your company’s interest at this late-career stage. It can either be of regional or global interest. Most of the time, you should seek to convey your accumulated experience or wish to train someone. Preparing yourself for retirement is your most important goal.

Choose a title

An appropriate title is the first thing you must come up with when writing a career goals essay. You should pick a title that matches the essay’s purpose and resonates with your intended audience. If you are writing to an employer, you should choose a title that reflects your personality, ambitions, and uniqueness that can benefit the company. If you submit the essay to the admission committee, ensure that your title shows the quality an admission officer appreciates the most, such as literacy, logical sentence construction, professionalism, or originality.

Use the right structure

Essays on career goals must conform to specific writing rules since it is often used as part of a formal application. It is more important if you are to write a scholarship essay or admission to a diploma or degree program. Your essay should be well-structured and meet all the general requirements of a formal essay. 

Editing essays

In order to identify grammatical errors and sentence structures, the writer must edit their writing. Effective revision leads to flawless papers that appeal to the audience’s target. In turn, it is important to consider allowing peers to revise the essay. Moreover, peer reviewing is an essential step in improving the sentence structure in the career goals

Take the Next Step!

An essay about your career goals is a piece of writing where students explain the selected professional path they wish to pursue. Whether you’re trying to get accepted to a college or secure a job, a well-written and convincing essay can help you establish yourself as the potential and the ideal candidate. Remember, a well-crafted career goals essay is more than just a formal requirement; it is a testament to your dedication and a roadmap guiding you toward your professional aspirations.

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  • 1.1 Section 1: Motivated to Care: Holistic Nursing
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Nursing is a dynamic profession driven by core values and motivations that shape nurses’ careers. Understanding the underlying factors that inspire and drive nursing professionals is crucial for achieving personal and professional growth in the field. This essay explores the topic of professional goals in nursing, highlighting the importance of holistic nursing, the choice of nursing as a career, the essence of nursing practice, beliefs and values in nursing, and a vision for the future.

Section 1: Motivated to Care: Holistic Nursing

Section 2: choice of nursing.

Personal experiences often shape career choices, and for many individuals, witnessing the dedication and compassion of nurses sparks a desire to pursue a nursing career. Growing up in a region where healthcare was limited, the author observed nurses’ selfless dedication and ability to maintain composure amidst the chaos. The passion for caring for others and helping them achieve better health outcomes motivated the author to choose nursing as a profession. The flexibility of nursing also allows for a balance between work and family life, making it a rewarding and fulfilling career choice.

Section 3: Essence of Nursing

Nursing is a multifaceted profession that revolves around compassionate patient care. Throughout history, influential figures like Florence Nightingale and Virginia Henderson have emphasized the importance of nursing as a substitute, helper, or partner in the patient’s journey to recovery. With advancing technology, nurses must understand that their professional role goes beyond machines, as they are crucial in nurturing patients with compassion and dignity. The American Nurses Association provides a platform for nurses to participate in the advancement of the profession and improve healthcare for the public.

Section 4: Beliefs and Values

Section 5: vision for the future.

The author’s professional goals for the next two years include skill enhancement and gaining confidence as a new nurse. Short-term ambitions include earning a bachelor’s degree and shifting to an intensive care unit. Long term, the author hopes to specialize as a midwife and use the knowledge and skills she has gained to improve maternity and child healthcare in Nigeria. The goal extends beyond personal achievement to training other nurses and making a lasting impact on the community.

Choosing nursing as a career is driven by personal experiences and a desire to provide compassionate care to others. Professional goals in nursing encompass attaining the core characteristics of a successful nurse, committing to lifelong learning, and engaging in ongoing community service. By embodying these goals, nurses can strive for excellence, advocate for their patients, and make a positive difference in the field of nursing. Overcoming challenges and maintaining a work-life balance are crucial aspects that can be achieved with the support of a strong network and determination.

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I have to say that the decision of my nursing career has been largely the product of my past practice, which has helped me enjoy the profession over a period of time. Being the first child in my family, I was brought up by being encouraged to be responsible not only to myself but also to others. For a period of time, my mother expected to look after my younger siblings and manage the house while she worked shift after shift to provide financial help for the household. It is, however, important to note that this did not affect me in any wrong way possible, in fact, it made me more determined to work hard so that I may thrive financially in the future. I began to notice that I had qualities that would perfectly suit me into the nursing profession from my early years in high school. I have not only upheld endurance and strong grades but have always had an enduring personality. Because my mother could not afford to push me through to college as she had to support both my siblings and me. I choose to join the army and slowly and slowly I would save enough money sponsor my own nursing educational career, as well as, help her financially support the family. In the army, I have also gained new experience and that experience has molded me especially in stress management, as well as, effectively dealing with both intense and rigorous situations. I have been taking online courses last semester and I’m currently preparing for a bachelor in science of nursing. This particular paper is a clear statement of the 3 goals of my educational career at the Colorado Christian University.

Attaining the principle characteristics that determine a successful nurse

Nursing is the act of protecting, promoting, as well as, preventing injury and illness. Nursing does this by making sure that suffering is alleviated through the process of diagnosis and treatment of the human symptoms and responses. It can also be acknowledged that nurses act as advocates for families, individuals, communities, as well as, bigger human populations (American Nurses Association, 2001). A nurse should make sure that he/she is fully capable of influencing his/her career path. Personally, I believe that nursing engages an individual holistically, that is, the mind, body, and the soul. It is known to be a physically demanding job, however, it should also be widely acknowledged that as a job it also demands a lot of emotional input from an individual. I believe that my academic performance in high Scholl, as well as, the experiences I have gained in school and in the army lay a perfect foundation for this educational career. One of the major core characteristics I need to gain I hope to attain is the ability to work effectively with a team of nurses. In the army, I have been trained to work with a team in the most life threatening situations, however, in nursing is quite different and I’m willing to seek out for help when necessary. The other fundamental quality is learning to understand and appreciate diversity, thus, to always understand and appreciate the differences in people.

To be committed to lifelong learning

Education never ends, thus, people continue to learn despite their age. I know that my education in nursing will not stop at graduation, however, it will continue throughout my nursing profession. Becoming a nurse is applying the knowledge already acquired and in the process acquiring the knowledge that had not previously been acquired.

To provide my nursing services to the less fortunate and those in need of medical assistance

One of my wishes has been to give back to the community. There are very many ways through which a nurse can give back to the community. Personally, after I have acquired enough skills in the nursing profession, I plan to volunteer in disaster organizations to help people across the globe that have been hit by various disasters, for example, earthquakes and pandemics.

I choose nurse as a career due to previous experiences and it is this experiences that laid a foundation for the nursing career. I have established important goals in my nursing career and hey include, to provide my nursing services to the less fortunate and those in need of medical assistance, to be committed to lifelong learning, and to attain the principle characteristics that determine a successful nurse.

American Nurses Association. (2001). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements. Nurses books. org.

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Scholarship programs often want you to write a career goals essay to see that you have a clear plan for how you’ll apply your education to a specific career path. This helps show a scholarship committee why you’re seeking funds for the next step on the path toward your success.

Answering “what are your career goals” effectively can help increase your odds of impressing landing a scholarship opportunity. If you’re a prospective student applying for scholarships, this article will provide tips on how to write a career goals essay, along with essays on career goals examples to help you get an idea of what scholarship committees are looking for.

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A career goals essay is a personal written explanation that discusses your background, why you’re interested in participating in the program, and what career you’d like this degree to lead into. A scholarship essay functions to explain why you want to achieve your professional goals and how you intend to get there.

In almost every application process, a portion asks the candidate to answer an essay question. When applying to an educational program, like an MBA, the essay prompt usually relates to your career goals .

Scholarship essays ask about career goals to assess your enthusiasm for the program, learn more about how the scholarship will help you, and ensure that you’ve considered how the program will help you achieve your goals for the future:

Assess your enthusiasm. Passion is important for scholarship administrators, and if you’re able to articulate your enthusiasm for a specific career path , it will show that you’re determined to meet the requirements to reach that goal. The most specific and well-thought-out your essay is, the easier it will be for a reader to understand your devotion and commitment to the program and the field it will allow you to enter.

Learn how the scholarship will help you. Having a firm grasp of your career goals is great, but it’s equally important that you express exactly how the specific program relates to those goals. This shows that you’ve researched the merits of the program and understand exactly how it fits into your professional goals.

Show you’ve considered your future. This goes along with the first two points — show that you know how to set goals and consider the path toward achieving those goals, and you’ll have an easier time convincing the reader that you’ll know how to set goals while participating in the program. They’ll see that you know how to prioritize education because you have a clear vision for navigating your career path.

While some scholarships might come right out and simply ask, “What are your career goals?” most will rework the question into something different that still accomplishes the same goal.

Below are some examples of career goals essay prompts that a scholarship program could pose to its applicants:

Discuss your career goals. Many scholarships prefer the most direct approach when giving an essay prompt to their applicants. This type of question gives the candidate a lot of wiggle room to discuss their passions, motivations, and career goals.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years ? This question is often used as a prompt for a career goals essay because it gives the applicant a timeline to describe their aspirations. It forces them to be realistic about where their career will be and how they will accomplish this within the next ten years.

How will this scholarship contribute to your professional success? A scholarship committee wants to be sure that the money they’re giving will contribute to a student’s overall professional success. This question asks about the applicant’s game plan in the long-term and evaluates how this program is going to assist in their future.

What is your dream job ? Since a dream job is often categorized as a person’s career goals, this is a common question phrasing in scholarship essays. Asking about a candidate’s dream job answers whether this program aligns with the student’s long-term career goals.

What matters most to you and why? Sometimes, a scholarship essay prompt won’t ask about your career or future at all. Instead, they’ll ask a question like this that assesses your motivations , values, and character.

Use these examples of career goals essays for scholarships to help write your own. Pay special attention to how they’re organized, rather than the content, to inspire your own career goals essay:

Career goals essay example 1 – Discuss your career goals

When I was six years old, I was riding bikes with my older sister around our neighborhood. She had just taught me how to ride, and I was excited to have to freedom to explore with her. When she was rounding a particularly difficult bend to see around, a car happened to be coming along at the same time. It struck her. That bike ride changed our lives forever. Over the next year, I went with my sister every Tuesday and Thursday to her physical therapist ’s appointments to help her regain walking strength. Watching her physical therapist patiently assist my sister back to becoming herself awoken something in me. A passion for helping others in the same way eventually turned into a career goal of becoming a physical therapist myself. I decided to get my bachelor’s degree in exercise science. After graduating in 2019, I knew that the next step for me was to attend a graduate program in physical therapy. I was accepted to Lassell University Master of Science in Rehabilitation Services. This presented me with my latest goal along my career path, and I’m eagerly waiting to start. This scholarship would help me afford the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Lassell University class of 2023, allowing me to continue working towards my ultimate career goal of becoming a physical therapist and helping others to become themselves again.

Career goals essay example 2 – Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years, I will have been successfully running my own construction business for about five years. I’m currently a second-year student at the University of Texas, pursuing a master’s degree in business administration. I decided to get my MBA because I knew it would be a positive asset toward my long-term career goal of owning a construction business. In my high school years, I worked as a construction apprentice for a local business. I loved many aspects of the business, such as building something from nothing. I knew that I wanted to incorporate this work into my long-term career, but I didn’t want to work as an apprentice . This led me to pursue business. In ten years and with the help of this scholarship, I will have graduated with my MBA almost a decade prior . After graduation, I plan to take a business administration internship with a carpentry business to help myself get a footing in the field. After about two years of this, I will have started my own construction business.

Career goals essay example 3 – What matters most to you and why?

The people I surround myself with matter most to me. Whether it be my relatives, friends, or professional acquaintances, I always care the most about the happiness of the people around me. Making the people around me happy matters the most to me because I truly because we find our happiness through others. I believe that this drive to make a positive impression on the people around me is what drove me towards a career as a nurse . I always thought of hospitals as places where people need someone to support them and make their day a little happier. I wanted to be one of those who spend their careers positively impacting people in need. This scholarship will enable me to finally afford nursing school and go after my dream job full force.

Career goals essay example 4 – What are your short- and long-term career goals, and how will earning this degree contribute to achieving those goals? Please provide a minimum of 200 words.

My short-term career goals involve working directly with underprivileged young people to increase the literacy rate in my community. As a student of an underfunded and understaffed school, I’ve seen firsthand how much of an impact early literacy education makes on long-term achievement. It broke my heart to see my peers embarrassed at their struggle with reading at an advanced age, and this shame added another dimension to their lack of opportunity. Being a literacy educator for young people would allow me to serve this community directly to show them not only the necessity of strong written communication skills, but the joy of reading for pleasure. This program focuses specifically on early literacy, and would provide me a direct route to a career in serving the community I hope to serve. As for long-term career goals, I hope to one day create a program where socioeconomically parents can bring their children for literacy education, not only to increase their ability to navigate the world of language, but also to instill confidence and joy in the written word. What drew me to this program was that it also has administrative, legal, and business dimensions that would set me on the path toward achieving this goal.

Here are some tips to keep in mind for writing a career goals scholarship essay:

Write about goals relevant to the scholarship. Although you may have many different kinds of goals for your personal and professional future, a scholarship essay only discusses objectives that are relevant to the program you’re applying for.

Be honest. Applying for a scholarship is stressful because the applicant’s education is usually reliant on receiving these funds in one way or another. Even though it’s tempting to exaggerate your skills or pretend you’re more passionate about something than you are to make yourself a more competitive applicant, it’s a bad move.

Use your own, unique voice. The essay portion of a scholarship application is your chance to stand out by using your voice. Nobody else, regardless of their academic or professional achievements, is you. Make this clear in your career goals scholarship essay by keeping your unique written voice engrained in the words you produce.

Be specific. A big reason that scholarship committees ask applicants to write a career goals essay is to determine how prepared they are in planning their long-term professional goals. They aren’t interested in providing a scholarship to students who aren’t going to follow through with their career plans.

Explain long and short-term goals . Even if the essay prompt asks you to describe where you see yourself in ten years, you still need to tell them the steps leading towards this picture of success.

Include the short-term goals that add up to your larger career objectives in your essay response. Explain how accomplishing the smaller goals gives you an advantage when tackling long-term ones.

Explain how the program and scholarship will help you. Before writing your career goals essay, consider how this program and scholarship will help you in your career. The answer to this question is essential.

Follow the essay formatting guidelines. This may sound obvious, but it’s surprisingly easy to forget this step when your essay is finally flowing and when you’re scrambling to get it submitted on time.

Check, double-check , and triple-check the essay guidelines for content, word count, and formatting requirements. If you miss any of these steps, your essay may be immediately disqualified no matter how good it or the rest of your application is.

Many times career goals essays are written by students who have already completed at least some college or are applying to a post-graduate program and need more money to continue.

There’s a good chance that your career goals have changed since you started or graduated college. For example, say you wanted to be an engineer , so you got your undergraduate degree in engineering but realized you didn’t like it after working in the industry for a few years.

You decided that nursing would be more up your alley, and now you’re applying for a scholarship for a nursing program. While this isn’t unusual, it can make it more difficult to write a career goals essay since your past work doesn’t necessarily match your future goals.

In this case, you’ll simply need to explain why you changed your career path and why this next one is the best choice for you. Share your decision-making process to show that you haven’t taken the switch lightly, and talk about what you’ve already done to try to pursue this path.

How do you write a career goal for a scholarship essay?

You write a career goal for a scholarship essay by sharing your passion, explaining both your long- and short-term goals, and relating your goals to the scholarship.

Explain why you want to pursue the career you’re pursuing, where you hope to be in the future and how you plan to get there, and how the scholarship will help you do this.

How do you describe your career goals in an essay?

You describe your career goals in an essay by explaining what you want to do in your career, why you decided on this career path, and what you’ve done so far to make that a reality.

You can usually work these factors into any prompt you receive, so think through them before you start writing so that you can use them as an outline of sorts.

What are career goals examples?

Examples of career goals include:

Working as a grant writer for a nonprofit organization.

Becoming a department manager and eventually an executive in your field.

Owning your own plumbing company.

Caring for underserved communities as a nurse practitioner .

What are some goals for success?

Some goals for success include growing in your role, building your network, and finding joy in the job. Most careers don’t just happen overnight and require you to set the right milestones that work best for you. Not everyone will have the same goals for success.

How do you start a career goals essay for a scholarship?

You can start a career goals essay for a scholarship by directly answering the prompt. Most scholarship prompts include a word count of between 200 and 500 words, so it’s essential that you immediately respond to the prompt. Attention-grabbing sentences and narratives can be helpful for setting the scene, but an efficient and direct answer will show a clarity of mind that helps enhance the quality of your answer.

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Topic: Education , Adult , Medicine , Adulthood , Career , Experience , Nursing , Goals

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The healthcare industry is one career field that has some of the best minds working together for the betterment of the medical industry, as well as the lives of millions of people. Apart from working in a diverse and challenging work environment, medical practitioners are guaranteed a financially stable life. To be able to manage patients’ needs properly, nurse practitioners are encouraged to have specific specializations and develop expertise on that specific field. In my case, I have come up with specific short-term and long-term goals that will guide me through my journey in becoming one of the bust nurse practitioners and educators in America. My goals include finishing my BS Nursing degree, work as a professional nurse, complete a Masters Degree in adult/geriatric nursing, and become an educator. Just like the thousands of students enrolled in medical schools, my short-term goals include completing my BSN and start working as a professional nurse. Although I still have a couple more years before I finish my degree, I can already see myself receiving my diploma that represents four-years of preparation for the career I am passionate about. After completing my degree, I will then prepare myself for the National Council Licensure Examination for nurses, a state licensing exam that will prove I am fit and certified to work as a nurse. After passing the exam, I will then begin my career in the medical and service industry. There are many avenues for advancement in nursing. Experience, excellent performance, and continuous education can help individuals move up from being a nurse assistant to supervisor to directorship level. After spending years as a regular nurse, as well as gaining the necessary experience in the field of nursing, my next plan is to obtain a Master’s Degree in adult/geriatric nursing, which would help me become proficient in this field. I chose this field because I recognize that there are many opportunities in adult care, including assisting adult patients in understanding, maintaining, and promoting their health. With this advanced experience, I will be able to touch more lives and attend to people who are already in the latter years of their lives. Somehow, I would like to be part of a group that would make things easier and lighter for these adults. I would like to be able to focus on helping adults manage and assess their health, illnesses, and other chronic diseases that they may have, and stress the importance of prevention and wellness especially considering their ages. Thus, I would expect that I will also learn how to care for adults in various clinical settings, such as nursing homes and home settings. Finally, I also intend to go into teaching and become a nursing educator. With my years of experience as a nurse, I foresee that I will go into teaching to educate future nurses. By then, I will be able to share my knowledge and practical skills to the next generation nurses for them to become effective in their roles in the nursing field. I would love to develop lesson plans, teach various nursing subjects, and oversee students during their clinical practice to ensure that they are performing their roles correctly. Hopefully, with the many years I will spend in school as a student and at the hospital as a nurse, I can share many instructive, positive, and interesting knowledge and experiences to would-be nurses. I can also serve as a good role model for my students. With the many opportunities that the nursing industry offers, I only have to focus on these goals to become successful in this field. My short-term and long-term goals will serve as my guiding force that will lead me to the career path I want. Therefore, for now, I will do everything to become a nurse even if I have to do things one step at a time.


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Nursing as the best choice for the future profession.

The choice of the future profession is one of the most difficult decisions that young people have to contend with after they graduate school. This choice can’t be done in a hurry, guided by a temporary fashion or thoughts of relatives or acquaintances. One of the great opportunities offered by higher education institutions is a nurse practitioner. Why should you choose this particular area of study? Nursing career goals essay will give you the best answer to that question.

Some work is done mainly to earn money. Other professions are often something bigger – a favourite thing, or even a vocation or mission. The second description is ideally suited to the profession of a registered nurse, which doesn’t consist of the daily mechanical, routine performance of the same actions.

For proper care of patients, it’s not enough to have self-knowledge and skills acquired during training. This work is highly valued for responsibility, understanding of the problems of other people, indifference to other people’s suffering, the ability to work under pressure and make decisions quickly, stress reliably and to establish contacts with other people easily. It is a combination of two factors: from the one hand, it’s sensitivity and from the other – strength and stability. This is extremely important to be ready to face the problems and suffering of others; nurses have to be reliable and supportive to patients.

Nursing as a style of life.

Nurses, as well as certified nurse assistant daily, meet sick people or those who need support, and their work is to help and alleviate suffering. They are the best sample of the graduates of the faculty of nursing who are largely responsible for making the hospital somewhat less unpleasant and traumatic for some patients. This is a difficult profession, which requires a lot of effort and mental stability. However, for a human who has found his calling in it, it can be a source of enormous satisfaction and self-realisation.

The main duties of a nurse include preparing patients for various procedures, assisting the physician during surgery, supervising the treatment process and helping patients while staying in a hospital in the broadest sense of the term. A nurse is an independent health care worker; it means that he/she carries out direct medical supervision of the patient.

It should be noted that this profession has a nursing career goals. In contrast to representatives of other, temporarily fashionable occupations, graduates of the faculty of nursing can confidently count on stable employment. They will work without difficulty in various institutions, for example, schools, sanatoriums, medical centers, clinics, hospitals, penitentiaries and institutions related to the care of people. An additional bonus is a trust and respect enjoyed by medical professionals. But it’s impossible to do that without aspirations and furthering.

The main nursing career goals.

It’s impossible to become a nurse without having some strong nursing career goals. Nursing education has two-levels: you can complete your studies by obtaining a bachelor’s degree, or you can continue your education in the magistracy.

The goals of nursing covers the various skills necessary for the proper performance of the profession: the planning and implementation of nursing supervision, the ability to be a member of a team, adherence to the principles of professional ethics, the implementation of preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation measures in compliance with the existing rules, comprehensive and individualized care for the sick, disabled or dying, initiating and supporting local activities aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle, the practical application of knowledge of the theoretic nursing, medical and social sciences, as well as legislation relating to the profession, skillful communication with the patient, his family and other members of the team medical staff.

One of the undoubted advantages of choosing this nursing direction is almost absolute confidence in future employment. In addition, the market is quite large and diverse. In each locality, its specificity may look something different, and we are given the opportunity to choose from among the different types of places of employment.

Graduation in the direction of the “nursing business” doesn’t mean that you will be “doomed” to work in a hospital: you can successfully realize yourself, for example, in polyclinics, private medical offices, social welfare institutions, various types of daycare or ambulance departments. There are a lot of opportunities, which allows you to adapt the specifics of duties to your own preferences. In addition, foreign languages should be taught – many graduates of the “nursing” direction are judged to go abroad, where they can count on a much higher salary in short-term than at home.

It’s difficult to imagine a hospital or a clinic without nurses, which ensure the order in the institution and strictly fulfil the orders of the doctor. They can not only provide physical help but also reassure the patient, give him/her attention.

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