As a 13-year-old, living in India, I used to accompany my grandmother, who was suffering from cancer, to the hospital for her chemotherapy following surgery. I would sit near the house staff room where the nurses would congregate, and I would listen to their conversations. I was deeply impressed by their cheerfulness, obvious dedication and caring attitude towards the patients and observed how such simple things as a smile, a shared joke or a squeezed hand seemed to have such a positive effect on the patients. I could see on their faces the feeling of happiness and satisfaction by helping others in need. It was then that I firmly decided on a career in healthcare that would allow me to serve and motivate the people to live a better life.
I was an academically able and hard-working school student and was always placed at, or near, the top position in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology, all of which I loved. I decided to pursue dentistry which involved a four-year program including clinical placements followed by a one-year rotating internship which included work in hospital and community settings. I had the opportunity to provide preventative and ambulatory care to underprivileged communities in different parts of India. I gained great satisfaction from providing primary treatments and helping to educate willing and grateful audiences in oral and dental hygiene, my 12 hour shifts seemed to ‘fly by’.
I am a naturally compassionate person and greatly enjoyed the personal interactions involved in dentistry. I sought to inspire confidence in my patients and was very successful in dealing with the fearful, child patients and the elderly. I particularly enjoyed working with the elderly with whom I have a natural rapport. I come from a culture in which the aged are treated with special respect and affection and in which their experience and wisdom are acknowledged and appreciated. It is for this reason that I am particularly interested in nursing the elderly and in the effects of the ‘aging population’ and the challenges this presents. My long-term aim is to work as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner providing excellent, dedicated healthcare and promoting health education while assisting in research projects relating to the health of the aged with an emphasis on extending, as far as possible, independent living.
I firmly believe that I possess an academic and professional background, the personal characteristics and the academic ability and potential together with a genuine and passionate desire to enter nursing that will enable me to excel in the program and to ‘add value’ to it. I can assure the reader of enthusiastic and highly diligent participation in the program if selected.
Thank you for considering my application to your MSN Program at XXXX University.