Diversity and Core Values: My core value is equality. This comes easy for me given the fact that I am Chinese, and raised to think socially rather than individually, to think speak and act for the common rather than individual goods. I see my natural mildness, modesty and lack of egoistic self-assertiveness to be of great value in nursing—above all always staying calm and never getting one’s features ruffled. I very seldom get angry; and I do not see anger as a valuable or productive emotion, at least from my own experience and especially as a nurse.
I have now been living in the LA area, for the past 7 years. I thrive on the diversity and the vast uniqueness of international mixes of genes and cultures that I see around me, and the diversity of patients that I work with XXXX Hospital. I only remember a handful of occasions that I have been subject to racist slurs or comments, and only once in the hospital. One new patient complained that his food was late and he asked me if I was American; I said no. He looked at me with contempt and suggested that his food was late because of the presence of foreigners on the hospital staff. I was offended by what he said. But I understood that he was in pain and the nurse had told me that he sometimes gets confused. I told him that his meal was on the way and apologized for the inconvenience. Fortunately, the meal arrived right after that. I carefully cut his sandwich into small pieces and got everything ready for him to eat. He looked at me and said "okay, you may leave now". I wished him a good day with a smile and then exited the room.
Critical Thinking: I have always told myself that I should be neither overbearing nor servile. I understand that some patients are suffering greatly from their illness and they're likely to take it out on people around them, especially when they don't have much company. Thus, my core value in nursing is to always remain polite and respectful no matter what the circumstances—calm, cool, and collected. I see this as a necessary all though not a sufficient condition for the optimal exercise of critical thinking skills. One also needs to be able to think quickly. One night, I found my roommate—who I knew suffered from Type I Diabetes—lying unconscious on the floor. It is in this kind of situation that quick thinking is most called for, when lives are lost or saved in split seconds. Thus, I avoided what might be a first instinct for some, to go to her, try and rouse her, make some kind of determination first before calling 911. All I did was see her on the floor and the phone number was already ringing, almost by the time that my brain had processed the image. While I was waiting for the operator to take my call, I recalled how my roommate was working on her paper and did not have anything for dinner. Therefore I suspected that she might have injected insulin on an empty stomach.
After the medical personnel came and revived her, they asked me to give her some sweets. I already had the chocolate in one hand and the juice in the other. Being Chinese and thinking in a social context, always about group welfare and not about myself, helps me to stay ahead. For me this is the essence of critical thinking skills in nursing, planning ahead on behalf of patients.
Nursing Goals: Diversity is a highlight of my career so far at our hospital particularly because, in addition to my other duties, I also serve as Mandarin interpreter when the need arises. I love helping and caring for sick people no matter which language I use but I feel needed and useful when I provide nursing care that is multilingual. Increasingly, I also find myself speaking some Spanish at the hospital since I have achieved a conversational level in this language as well and I am making rapid progress towards fluency. My goal is to attend first and foremost, as much as I can to the underserved in California, and many of them speak much more Spanish than English.
I feel that my undergraduate studies at UXXX in Linguistics and Psychology have provided me with a solid foundation for studying nursing and I am now taking my prerequisite classes at Santa Monica College to begin studying in your program at Johns Hopkins. I look forward to learning from my fellow students from all over the world and becoming increasingly aware of many important issues in global medicine. I have only been volunteering as a Nursing Assistant at XXXX Hospital since January of this year, 2015; but I have also been serving as Mandarin Interpreter since October of 2013. This suggests one of my special gifts that I will have to offer in the future if accepted into your distinguished program, nursing care in Mandarin.
I also hope to distinguish myself among my colleagues in your MSN Program at XXXX by my passion for everything having to do with nursing care and cardiology; having already gotten off to a good head start in this area because I hope to become charge nurse one of these days of a cardiovascular unit.