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How to Create a Personal Vision Statement for Nursing

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Writing a personal vision statement is a carefully thought-out document that describes who you are as a nurse, what you plan to accomplish in your career and how you will do this. Although very similar to a business mission statement, a personal vision statement is an opportunity to define the passion that drives you to do what it is you do. It is a few carefully crafted sentences that accurately reflect who you are, but remember, your vision statement will evolve and change as you grow as a person and as a nurse.

Craft your vision statement by thinking about what your professional goals are and how you will accomplish those goals. Consider what part of your nursing career is most important and rewarding and to whom you deliver your professional services. An example would be a pediatric nurse who is dedicated to giving compassionate care to young patients.

Keep your vision statement short and concise. Do not exceed a paragraph; a vision statement should be a few sentences that clearly define you and your "vision."

Write your vision statement as a general declaration of who you are and your purpose. For example, a nurse educator might write a vision statement such as: "To inspire and teach other nursing professionals the skills they will need to succeed in today's health care environment."

Write a sentence that will support your vision statement. Explain how you will accomplish your vision. A nurse educator might write: "This will be accomplished by presenting monthly inservices and facilitating quarterly education programs."

Review your vision statement at least once a year and revise it as your vision grows and expands.

Tip

Writing a personal vision statement is an opportunity to spend some time getting reacquainted with yourself and exploring what is important to you. Take your time and enjoy the process.

About the Author

Caroline Adams has been a professional writer and educator since 1980. She has published articles on health-care risk management and continuing education for health-care professionals. Her credentials include a nursing degree, a B.A. in pre-law, a M.A. in health-care law and a M.Ed. from DePaul University. She has taught at several colleges and universities in the Midwest including the University of Illinois and DePaul University.

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