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Career Change to Nursing, BSN, Undergraduate, Help the Developing World

Updated: Aug 8

Your especially distinguished nursing program at XXXX is my first choice for study towards the BSN degree for various reasons, mainly your explicit focus on diverse student populations, which attracts me as a Korean woman who adores diversity. At 32 years old, deciding to become a nurse did not come easy. It has meant making a lot of sacrifices to entirely focus on making my career change successful. First and foremost, I had to quit a lucrative job as an Operations Manager and move back into my parents’ home to devote myself full-time to nursing. I feel strongly that my background as a business professional has allowed me to learn many valuable practices and principles that will enable me to become a highly competent nurse, especially my organizational skills and ability to multi-task.

I also believe that the many challenges that I have faced have made me stronger, someone who will be able to give much to nursing. Right after graduating from high school, my brother was murdered. It turned my life upside down; until this day, it has been the most challenging thing that I have had to endure. Yet, I also realize that life's greatest lessons come through trials and tribulations. My experiences of loss and grief contributed to my temporary academic failure due to depression and anxiety. Yet, our hardships also enable and inspire our growth as human beings. I carry this with me in everything I face. Thus, I do my best with purpose, integrity, and sincerity. Keenly aware of how fragile life is, I treasure each moment and always make the most of it. As a nurse, I want to make every day count. My managerial background and the wisdom that I have gained thus far as a career professional provide me with many resources that will be helpful to my career in nursing as I have come into contact with many types of people and have come to excel at teamwork and professional networking.

I have chosen to pursue nursing as a career change from my current professional role as an operations manager because what I want is a vocation instead of a job. I have been working very hard to fulfill the requirements for entrance into your program because of the sheer joy and fulfillment I find in helping the needy. I am a young Korean woman whose great passion for nursing has deep roots in many facets of my life, not the least of which is my profound religious faith as a Christian. My Christian inspiration and career goals fit nicely hand in hand. I look forward to making nursing my Christian mission to the Developing World and going on annual medical missions for the rest of my life.

I want to spend my life caring for the needy with no thought of selfish gain because I seek joy and fulfillment that result in authentic happiness. The church I attend is extensively involved in, sponsoring, and participating in medical missions to the Developing World; this is central to my personal and world vision. “Giving back” provides me with the greatest happiness and satisfaction. As a nurse, going on annual medical missions with other members of my Church to Third World countries annually will become the triumph and celebration of my life.

The missions supported by my church have a great need for the participation of qualified medical professionals to travel to the global south where many people lack even the most basic medical care. With the education and professional knowledge I will gain through my experience of becoming a nurse in the United States, I wish to give back beyond borders to those in other parts of the world with limited access to medical care. I believe that it is our natural duty to do the most we can in helping others on both a micro and macro scale, making as much positive difference as possible in people’s lives.

In particular, I look forward to working with the elderly, especially those with estranged relationships or little to no family left. When my grandmother suffered a stroke and was in the hospital for several weeks, it broke my heart to see many elderly sick and alone. I want to care for them during their final days and do all I can to keep them as comfortable and happy as possible.

Upon graduating from nursing school, my ideal job would be to work in the hospital for a few years to discover from my many experiences in which area I want to specialize for further study. I hope to make a significant contribution to society as a nursing professional, touching the lives of many patients and aiding in their recovery to the extent that is possible.

In retrospect, I see now that caregiving was always a definitive part of my nature. I felt most alive during those moments when I was provided for others in need. As a child of immigrants in a foreign world, I had to grow up quickly and take on many responsibilities early. To make ends meet, my parents worked 14-hour shifts at a clothing factory, leaving my brother and me to take care of the house and look after one another at an early age. While my older brother provided me with a sense of security, I took on the nurturing and caregiving role. Whenever my brother got sick, I cared for him just as my mother did then. When my mother was ill, I cooked and cleaned to help ease the load. When my father suffered an accident and could not walk for weeks, I tended to his needs and assisted my mother in nursing him back to health.

Thus, I learned the inexplicable rewarding satisfaction of taking care of others and setting my own needs aside, the cornerstone of who I would become for the rest of my life.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your consideration of my application.

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