It brings me great satisfaction as a nurse and a Spanish-speaking Latina, that my services are needed and that my State, California, in particular, has a great need for highly qualified, bilingual Spanish/English nurses. After earning my DNP Degree, I hope to increasingly put my Spanish to good use in my nursing career, as I am progressively able to devote more and more time to helping the underserved, a highly disproportionate number of whom speak primarily Spanish and many of them only Spanish.
My interest in nursing started as I lay in the hospital bed, pregnant with twins. This was not the normally joyous occasion so many women experience. I was 23, married just one week, and in premature labor. Despite days in the hospital barely being able to move, the boys came into this world at 27 weeks weighing a little more than a pound and a half each. The tumultuous months that followed were life alternating but one constant positive were the nurses. They were the ones who ultimately got me through my scary delivery, and they were the ones in whom I entrusted the lives of my most precious miracle babies. The experience was watershed and transformative and by the time I was discharged from the hospital I was in love with the idea of starting nursing school as soon as my boys were strong and healthy and no longer in any danger because of their premature arrival. I now want to give my professional lifetime to providing my patients with the kind of compassion, education, and advocacy that I shown to me during my time of greatest need. Earning the MSN will immediately result in my being more creative and innovative in my position as Nurse Coordinator, helping to transform our organization for the better.
I am hoping very much to be accepted to my first choice among DNP Programs, San Jose State University, not only because of the sheer excellence of your program and the thoroughgoing nature of your curriculum, but also the fact that I am something of a ‘home girl’ and I have spent my entire life in XXXX. This is my community and the location where I will best excel as a nursing student and later a DNP Professional. As I was growing up in San Jose, I would often glance furtively at Tower Hall and think how majestic it looked, standing as a symbol for me of how much I wanted to attend XXXX State University someday. When I first started at XXXX State it was only after completing most of my lower division classes at a community college. As soon as I arrived, however, I felt right at home at San Jose State and felt that I was a good fit; I felt proud walking around campus. Shortly after I began the process of applying to the BSN Program, the most amazing opportunity opened up of which I was able to take full advantage. A special cohort was sponsored by the Betty Moore Foundation in partnership with local hospitals. As a result, I was able to earn my BSN Degree in 18 months instead of the typical three years. The program was also tuition free in exchange for the commitment to work at a sponsoring hospital for two years after graduation. I felt beyond blessed to be part of the first of only three Moore cohorts.
From my experience, Nursing at XXXX is a top notch program. The faculty was always approachable and very knowledgeable. I also very much enjoyed earning my Master’s Degree in Nursing at the University of San Francisco in 2014 and appreciated the diversity of experience. Nevertheless, I could not feel more certain that XXXX is the right place for me to earn my DNP Degree because I feel most at home in your program; and I am convinced it is where I can best excel, with the back-up of my extended family and well-developed support networks.
I seek greater levels of responsibility and opportunities to further develop my leadership skills in nursing. Currently serving as a Nurse Coordinator, since August of 2016, most days I get to work early because I am anxious to start my shift and see how my patients are doing. I manage special populations and coordinate nursing care as needed. I love my work and want very much to continue to grow and learn by having additional leadership experiences. I especially enjoy participating in the PRIME Program and contributing to widespread improvements throughout our organization. All of the metrics are data driven and as we strive to meet the goals of the program, we improve patient care. I was one of the first nurses invited to participate in this project, a 5-years program being built from the ground up. It's exciting and rewarding to be part of such a great initiative.
Since I began serving as an Assistant Nurse Manager, in particular, I worked closely with and did everything that I could to facilitate the work of our administrative staff. I appreciate the coordination that is necessary to pass all of our audits and, increasingly, I find myself fascinated by all aspects of policies and procedures in our hospital as they relate to nursing care. I work for the County hospital system and we see all patients regardless of their ability to pay. Many of our patients are homeless, undocumented, and/or immigrants from all over the world. Of course, some of our patients are also affluent engineers. Silicon Valley is truly a melting pot. About half of the population served, however, is primarily Spanish speaking.
To be able to converse with patients in their native language is more helpful that I can begin to explain. There is a level of trust, understanding and appreciation that patients have when you can speak to them in Spanish. Many times they don't speak English and although translation services are available, to have a healthcare provider who is able to eliminate that other person and speak directly to the patient adds a level of comfort and compassion that is very much appreciated by the patients and their families. One patient and his family I cared for in the Trauma ICU sticks with me even today. A victim of a hit-and-run while riding his bicycle, he ended up in our major trauma unit and was eventually declared brain dead. I was his nurse. In addition to taking care of him, I took care of his wife who didn't speak English. I had to explain to her that he was brain dead. She didn't understand how this could be because she saw him breathing and could feel his warm body. I explained to her about the nature of brain death and the role of the ventilator. Then I assisted in bathing him and changing his linen. It was a very powerful experience. Had I not spoken Spanish, the nurse would have used an interpreter and while they would have provided excellent patient care, it would have been less personal for her at the worst time of her life.
Getting my doctorate has always been my goal for a long time. During my first nursing interview, they asked what my short and long term goals were and I told them that getting my doctorate was my long term goal. That was more than 10 years ago; now I am at the optimal place to excel in the DNP Program at XXXX. I am a local girl and there will be many members of our community who will be proud that a Latina from their neighbor achieved the terminal degree in her field. Doing my part in improving the health of my community and the quality and efficiency of the organization where I work is my lifetime, professional mission.
I thank you for considering my application to XXXX University.