Program requesting essay for residency application?

  1. I'm applying for a job that is requesting I submit a 750-1000 word essay on how I align with their mission statement, vision, and values and I don't even know where to begin. The problem is I am a new grad and I can't reference previous work experience. The position is for a pediatric nurse residency program and aside from having decent grades I work as a scribe in a pediatric ER--that's all I've got. I plan to get some really great letters of recomendation but I'd like to make a statement with my essay to. How am I going to fill 2-3 pages????
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  3. by   Asystole RN
    1/3 to a full page is already consumed by your introduction and conclusion. A 700-1,000 word essay is actually a pretty short essay. You need to first research the mission statement, values, and strategic plan of the facility and reflect about how you feel about those things and how you might endeavour to fulfill those goals and ideals.

    Your resume demonstrates your experience, they want to know what your future is.

    Here I will lay make the outline for you;

    Paragraph 1 Introduction

    Paragraph 2 Mission Statement and how you will align yourself to it

    Paragraph 3 Corporate Values and how you will align yourself to it

    Paragraph 4 The Corporate Vision and how you will align yourself to it

    Paragraph 5 Conclusion
  4. by   Andy Droid
    a 750-1000 word essay on "how I align with their mission statement, vision, and values" doesn't have to have squat to do with your past work experience.

    Some long winded repetitive gibberish about how you agree with their mission statement, vision, and values could be stetched to fill 750-1000 words pretty easily, especially if you stretch it out with analogies or theoretical examples.
  5. by   SusGob711
    The only reason I raise issue of past work experience is because I assume I have to have some kind of evidentiary support. I can't just say 'I'm really compassionate and honest' or 'I really agree with your vision.' I'm struggling to come up with actual substance versus rambling nonsense. Maybe I'm overthinking here but I think all healthcare facilities have noble mission statements, values, and vision--how do I communicate that I align with their doctrine?
  6. by   Asystole RN
    Quote from SusGob711
    The only reason I raise issue of past work experience is because I assume I have to have some kind of evidentiary support. I can't just say 'I'm really compassionate and honest' or 'I really agree with your vision.' I'm struggling to come up with actual substance versus rambling nonsense. Maybe I'm overthinking here but I think all healthcare facilities have noble mission statements, values, and vision--how do I communicate that I align with their doctrine?
    They asked how you will align yourself, not how you have demonstrated alignment in the past.

    I am sure all hospitals have noble missions but they all have unique missions and they would like you to tell them how you will align yourself to their unique values.
  7. by   cecrn4
    Even if you don't have formal RN experience, you have had clinical experience in school and you have relevant experience with your job as a scribe in a peds ER. If you find that you need support for your arguments, you should be able to come up with some example from that. If you're planning on having great letters of rec, that must mean you've impressed those people enough that they will be able to have examples to back up their recommendations.
    Writing those letters can be difficult and tedious, but just take your time with it and eventually it'll come together. You're obviously passionate about peds and really want to work there you just have to tell them why you are a good fit based on what they believe in and stand for.
    Good luck!
  8. by   HouTx
    You don't have to have any clinical experience to be able to express who you are - and that's what they seem to be looking for. This is challenging if you have never taken the time to really analyze yourself.

    Start by making a list of things you believe in & why you believe in them. For instance, "I believe that individuals have a right to make their own decisions, based on their own beliefs and values"... "I believe that I have a moral duty to respect the beliefs and values of my patients, no matter whether I disagree with them or not" ... " I believe that I have a responsibility to question anything that I do not fully understand" ... "I believe that it's more important to do what is right than what is easy". I'll bet you can come up with a lot of things if you just think about it a while. If you have trouble, just think about times when you have had very strong feelings and opinions about something - why did you feel so strongly?

    Then, you can sort our your own beliefs & values in terms of how they align to those of the organization. You may even discover that you may not be a good 'fit' for that employer... but most likely, you will. And that - is the purpose of this whole exercise... they want to make sure that you are a good 'fit'.
  9. by   Altra
    Agree with the previous posters -- an essay asking for your input on an organizational mission statement and values is seeking information about you as a person, not necessarily past experiences. I see what you are saying that you would love to include concrete examples in your essay ... but if they are willing to consider your application at all they will read your essay knowing that it is from a new grad seeking his/her first career position.
  10. by   jhand
    Just wondering if you got into your program? I think I am applying to the same one.
  11. by   SusGob711
    The application for this residency doesn't open until November 4 so I haven't even applied yet.
  12. by   SusGob711
    *Still struggling with the essay though, lol
  13. by   doctormel
    Quote from Altra
    Agree with the previous posters -- an essay asking for your input on an organizational mission statement and values is seeking information about you as a person, not necessarily past experiences. I see what you are saying that you would love to include concrete examples in your essay ... but if they are willing to consider your application at all they will read your essay knowing that it is from a new grad seeking his/her first career position.
    Definitely agree with Altra. There are also some awesome tips in this personal statement for medical fellowship. Best of luck with your application!

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