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BSN Nursing Personal Statement Samples

Updated: May 11

I feel that I am a strong candidate for the BSN Program at XXXX Community College because I am mature, hard working, and have nearly perfect grades thus far after two years of study at XXXX. I believe that I have strong potential to serve as an advocate for my patients as well as making a contribution to the diversity of your program. Advocating for a patient is my idea of heroism and nobility; and it represents the most fulfilling thing that I can imagine doing as a professional. The BSN Program at XXXX Community College is my first choice for nursing school because I have spent two years already on the XXXX Campus and I love everyone with and under whom I study. The convenient location would enable me to excel in your program, dedicating myself to my studies to the fullest extent possible.

Born and raised in the USA, my parents are from Cambodia and I speak Khmer quite well. While I adore all of my patients, I believe that the humble origins of my own family help me to relate especially well to members of minority groups, immigrants, and people of color, although I adore all of my patients. I’ve traveled to several other countries including Canada, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and France, and this has also helped to cultivate and refine my profound appreciation for diversity. I will be forever be thankful for this opportunity to immerse myself in different cultures, customs and lifestyles.

I most appreciate how the nurse is well poised to advocate as well as care for the patient, because they have more time to get to know and thus better understand each patient’s complex needs as they relate to their unique background, history, and environment. I look forward to helping patients focus on their purpose in life, helping to inspire and empower them towards the fullest recovery possible. My short-term goal is earn my Bachelor’s Degree and then go on to complete at least my Master’s Degree, perhaps the DNP. My special interest is in the area of Psychiatric Nursing since I feel drawn to this area and read a great deal in my free time about Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Practice. To be there for those who seek help to overcome an illness is everything to me, helping to guide and uplift them towards the achievement of a better state of health. Fully aware that listening to patients is just as important as educating them, I live to provide care, helping to heal not just physical but also frequently invisible wounds, helping families to get through what are often the most difficult of times. I like to think of myself as aspiring to serve on the front lines of our healthcare system, treating the whole person rather than just the illness, actively listening and carefully observing so as to get the best sense possible of what the patient is experiencing. I also like to think that my greatest strength is emotional intelligence, a special gift in nursing.

My parents were refugee immigrants who fled genocide in Cambodia orchestrated by the communist Khmer Rouge. Being a first-generation child of traumatized immigrants that spoke little English was not easy. I was placed under enormous pressure against which I rebelled early on and simply dropped out of school at the age of 15 and ran away from home. While traumatic at first, the freedom was empowering and as I now look back on it I see my radical actions as having made me stronger in the long run.

My only direct health care experience is as a volunteer, serving alongside Nurses and Point of Care Coordinators for patients on the hospital floor. Now, I look forward to lifelong education in Nursing. In the Spring of 2016, I transferred to XXXX Community College and redoubled my efforts to put my school work as my very first priority at all times. My hard work has paid off and I am proud to say that I maintained a 4.0 GPA through my first 2 full years at Massasoit and it is currently 3.90. I am focused and determined to become an RN and proud of how far I’ve grown personally and professionally. I could not be more excited with XXXX’s recent announcement that they have partnered with XXXX College in the launch of a program for RN's holding associate degrees to be able to obtain their BSN from XXXX College while attending classes at XXXX's XXXX campus. I love the atmosphere, staff and advisers on the XXXX campus. Every professor I've met has left a lasting impression on me. Every class and student I come across, has validated that I made the right decision to apply to this school. XXXX has shown me that I can still pursue my dreams as an adult student without having to take student loans and burying myself in debt.

Nursing requires sacrifice, selflessness and long hours, and I was already off to a good start supporting myself from the age of 15, always working full time yet excelling in school. I learned to become very resourceful, patient and strong willed - to never give up. From my beginnings in retail sales, I eventually moved up to a Biomedical company by the age of 18. It was a level entry position, but through a lot of hard work, an excellent work ethic, attention to detail, ability to problem solve I was promoted several times within the company. I’ve worked with many different personalities in the workforce, and I believe this has helped me become a multitasking team player. After volunteering my time serving alongside nurses and in hospitals now for several years, I could not be more convinced that I to want to become a nurse. Their caring nature, selfless acts and intrinsic need to help others draws me like a moth to the flame.

Especially interested in the field of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. I believe there is an underlying fear among the Asian-American community that getting mental health treatment means you’re “crazy.” Unless you are a child of immigrants it is difficult to understand the entrenched nature of this unfortunate narrative. Worse still, it is a vicious cycle with mental health issues provoking shame and a fear among one’s family rather than the calm support that is called for, subsequently worsening the condition or issue. Seeking help from those outside the immediate family also conflicts with Asian cultural values of interdependence. I’d like to think that I have something important to contribute to the cause of overcoming that stereotype.

I thank you for considering my application to the BSN Program at XXXX.

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