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Updated on March 6th, 2023

A nursing school letter of intent is written to express a nursing school applicant’s commitment to a program. The letter communicates the individual’s qualities and experiences that make them a suitable candidate for admission. The formatting and content requirements vary from school to school, though they typically include an applicant’s reasons for choosing nursing, volunteer work, and examples of relevant skills and traits that would be beneficial to the field of nursing.

Contents

How to Write

While the letter requirements for each school are different, most will expect the following information:

  • Motivations. Applicants should explain their reasons for wanting to become a nurse, and why they have chosen the school they’re applying to.
  • Experience. If applicable, applicants should detail any experience or volunteer work relating to nursing (e.g., volunteering in a nursing home, shelter, or healthcare non-profit abroad, etc.).
  • Personal qualities and skills. The candidate’s qualities and skills related to the field should be provided as well, with examples of situations where they were applied.

Sample

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NURSING LETTER OF INTENT

[MM/DD/YYYY]

[SENDER NAME]
[SENDER STREET ADDRESS]
[SENDER CITY, STATE, ZIP]

[RECIPIENT NAME], [RECIPIENT TITLE]
[INSTITUTION NAME]
[INSTITUTION STREET ADDRESS]
[INSTITUTION CITY, STATE, ZIP]

Dear [RECIPIENT NAME]

My name is [NAME], and I am applying to enroll in the nursing program at [INSTITUTION]. I have chosen [INSTITUTION] because of [REASON], which will equip me with the necessary skills to succeed as a nurse. I’m confident that nursing is my calling as I’ve always been passionate about helping those in need.

I have volunteered at [ORGANIZATION] for [#] years, where I developed essential skills including [SKILLS] through my responsibilities handling [SITUATIONS]. I also have [ACHIEVEMENTS] and obtained certifications in [CERTIFICATIONS] in [YEAR]. I believe these experiences have provided me with a strong foundation for nursing and prepared me for my life as a student at [INSTITUTION].

Nursing is important to me because of [REASON], and I aspire to contribute to the wellness of others in the future. If I am accepted into [INSTITUTION], I can assure you that I will make the most of my studies. I am grateful for the opportunity to apply at [INSTITUTION], and I appreciate you taking the time to read this letter.

Sincerely,

[NAME]

Signature: ___________________


Frequently Asked Questions

Does a nursing letter of intent need to be signed?

Yes. A nursing letter of intent must be signed by the applicant.

What are the formatting requirements for a nursing letter of intent?

Each school will have different formatting criteria for nursing letters of intent. Prospective students should find out their chosen school’s guidelines either online or by contacting faculty.