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BSN, Nursing Undergraduate, Indian Immigrant, Rural Health India

Updated: Jun 15


I realized that I wanted to be a nurse when I went to India in June 2005. I stayed with my aunt, who is a nurse. I shadowed her and saw how wonderful she was with her patients, compassionate, always of good cheer, making them laugh. I also saw her joy, and I knew I wanted it. She takes care of her patients as a mother takes care of her child. And I admire this very much. After a while, I volunteered at Ahuja Hospital, where she worked.


Ahuja Hospital is located in the State of Punjab in India. And in this area of India, we pride ourselves on our warmth, civic consciousness, and concern for our fellow man and woman. It makes a tremendous difference when nurses are joyful around patients; it makes the patient feel at ease and comforted to know that they are in good hands. It is reassuring to the patient that the nurses genuinely enjoy caring for them.


In July 2003, I participated in a polio immunization campaign with a team of doctors and nurses from Sharma Hospital in Punjab, India. We went to more than 20 small villages in Punjab to dispense and administer polio vaccinations. I was heartbroken when I saw many children affected by the poliovirus. We went to each house in the village and explained to the parents or other family members why polio drops are essential for their children.


Last year, in January of 2009, I started my volunteer assignment as a caregiver at XXXX Hospital. Since then, my desire to become a professional nurse has grown stronger. I believe that each moment a nurse spends with her patient is extraordinary. Making the patient feel as comfortable as possible is the central and most important aspect of nursing care. Treating the whole patient, each one as an individual with different needs, likes, and dislikes, is crucial. They must know that your concern for them is genuine. I have greatlyeciated working in a hospital and observing first-hand the hard work of patient care.


Foremost among the reasons I want to become a nurse practitioner is my sincere desire to return to India to practice among those who most need my care in rural India. Previously, when I went to rural areas of India, there were no hospitals in the villages I visited. These people must go to the city to seek medical attention, which most cannot afford. I did see small clinics in some towns, but with the nurse practitioner degree, I will be able to work at this kind of small clinic. And I want to be able to go to the patient’s house if they cannot come to the clinic. This will help me develop relationships with the patients because they can see me frequently. I long to provide my patients with continuity of care; this is something they would not have if they were only briefly admitted to a large urban facility. I also look forward to educational community outreach with health fairs at local village schools.

My long-term goal is to work in India in nursing education. I want to train nurse practitioners to provide primary preventive health care to patients and increasingly serve as primary and specialty care providers in medically underserved areas. I hope to advance the cause of preventive medicine in family practice, adult practice, women's health, pediatrics, acute care, and gerontology. It is important to note that, in most Indian States, advanced practice nurses can prescribe medications.


I am pleased that one can find nurses in many more places than just hospitals in India. Nurses serve in the military, work for health insurance companies, and become school nurses, educators, and public health nurses. Once I have a BSN from XXXX´s Nursing Program, I will be fully prepared to play an essential role in these exciting developments in India´s nursing profession. I am attracted to how your program provides various schedule options to fit student needs. I have a restless spirit and a fierce eagerness to learn. Thus, I believe I would be a great asset to the XXXX student body and academic community. I know that giving my all to your program will be physically and emotionally draining, but I am at the prime of my life and fully dedicated to this cause.


I want to excel and become a positive role model for my family, community, and patients. My commitment to my education is firm, and I am most confident that I could excel in your program due to sheer hard work. I want to thank you for considering my application.


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