Korean Applicants to Nursing School Personal Statement of Purpose Examples
XXXX University is my first choice among DNP programs in Nurse Anesthesia because I am attracted to the fact that it is new, beginning only in 2012. I appreciate the small class size and most admirable student-to-faculty ratio that maximizes possibilities for interaction and learning. I recently visited your program and appreciated its openness, enjoying enormously the opportunity to converse with current students and faculty alike. Read More
My nursing philosophy is always to work hard, do one's best, and study to become a better nurse, as much as possible, both formally and informally. I hope to be accepted to the DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University because the most fundamental aspect of my nursing philosophy is a lifelong education, the constant improvement of one’s ability to care for one’s patients and achieve optimal patient care outcomes. I am proud to have been awarded XXXX Hospital´s Rookie of the year award for 2017. I look forward to contributing to the diversity of your team as a Korean-American woman. I came to the USA from our native Korea in the 6th grade and am bicultural Korean and bilingual. I look forward to serving as a native speaker of Korean on call whenever the need arises in my hospital. Read More
I have been privileged to care for many elderly patients, most of whom are Korean, like myself. Consequently, I have gone out of my way to learn as much as possible about the unique health challenges of the elderly. Particular respect and affection are accorded to the elderly in my culture, and I greatly enjoy this contact. I know the aging population is bringing new and significant challenges to nursing. I intend to begin my career in geriatric nursing to play a part in identifying and dealing with these challenges. I have also become increasingly aware of the need for primary health education to encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyles and diets, particularly in dealing with the increasing incidence of diabetes among Koreans. I hope to be especially active in the struggle against diabetes. Read More
I feel that one of the most significant benefits of being a professional nurse is the gratification that comes from easing the suffering of others. I have focused on anesthesia because I want to devote the balance of my professional life to this cause. I am a US Army Captain, and serving my country is my priority. I began serving as an Army Nurse, BAMC, in Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, in 2007 and remained for three years until relocating to Hawaii, where I currently serve as a Clinical Staff Nurse, PACU, Army Nurse TMC. Read More
I was a tiny, premature baby, and although my medical problems were not severe, they did involve frequent visits to the hospital in my early childhood. So I became used to the hospital environment and observed the staff in a way that only a child can. I saw that some nurses and doctors did their job and that others did the same job but with a smile and a friendly manner, even taking the time occasionally to share a joke with a little girl. I decided very early in my life that I would like to help people by working in a hospital and that I would be a smiling, friendly, caring staff and not one of the others. I have never forgotten my childhood resolution in my career to date. Read More
A Nurse from Korea Immigrates to the USA
Alice’s story continues to inspire future generations of nurses and immigrants. She eventually authored a memoir about her experiences, hoping to encourage others to embrace change and diversity. Her legacy became a reminder that with the right blend of passion, perseverance, and compassion, anyone could find their place in a new land and make a lasting impact. Originally from South Korea, she moved to South Africa when she was 2, then went back to South Korea again when she was 10. There, she studied in Korea from the age of 10 to 17 then moved back to South Africa again, when she turned 17 years old. She tells us that, I remember that it was hard for me to make friends because everything was different for me.
Like whenever I raised my hands to ask questions, they were like why do you raise your hands to ask questions? But it's a different culture, where they do not ask questions during class. My mom wanted to be a missionary, but she couldn't because missionaries were sent from church however my mom wanted to help others. Every weekend she took us to the orphanage. We played with the children and served them with what my mom made. Then my mom was always sitting at the corner of the room and she would take care of other patients, like people who were sick and that's the time that I wanted to become a nurse. Whenever I saw her eyes, she was like caring for patients and her eyes were so serious whenever she treated one patient. But what made her a great mom, she showed by her actions. If she wanted us to read books then she read books first, if she wanted us to help somebody, she did it first teaching us by example, so the role model was always my mom. I was not settled down at first because that was the time that I lost my mom but afterward, I reminded myself again about what she did, and how she walked through her life then I decided to be a nurse and I went to nursing school.
The hardest part about nursing school is starting of course. It wasn’t easy initially as I had to survive, and I had to take care of my sister. I had to let her finish high school too, so I had to earn money and I had to go to school. So starting to earn money was kind of hard for me. The name of the hospital I worked in was Dong Cha University Hospital and my first job was tough I didn't even know how to prioritize things. I didn't know how to deal with patients at all but as time went by, I became accomplished at it.
I came to the US because I love diversity. In Korea, we only have Koreans, Of course, there are a lot of people who are from other countries. Diversity is important because all human beings are similar but somehow, it's a little bit different in each culture. As a nurse, learning the ropes is one of the most challenging parts of my career. Also, some of the other challenges of that first job involve being an emotional supporter. I had to care for 12 to 15 patients when I was back in Korea and physically it was hard to manage, even harder emotionally. When I started seeking out an opportunity to come to the U.S., it was hard because it's a new place and I don't have any family or friends, but I found help online.
My priority is to make them laugh and if they have some kind of fun phrases, I try to write it down on a note and memorize it so when I go to the patient's room, if they look sad or they if they look depressed, I use that word or phrases and just want to make them laugh at least once a day. I would still want to be a missionary, maybe to Africa, after gaining more experience. maybe ten years or 15 years later.
I am currently earning a certificate as an oncology-certified nurse. The most important thing about my job right now is my attitude. The nurse should be more humble so that we can serve more patients. I think Nursing is a calling because if you want to earn big money you better find another job.
My advice to a nurse who is thinking about relocating to the US is don't be afraid to move on, as the secret to thriving in America is confidence. Even if you feel afraid like fear or you know everything's as it is new here, try to be ready to learn some new things.