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FNP, Latina in LA, Entry Level Master's for Family Nurse Practitioner

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A very hard working, licensed, RN, I first found myself attracted to XXXX University’s MSN Program as a result of your extremely high passing rates for the RN licensing exam. As I began to investigate further, I became most impressed with the research of your extraordinary faculty and their dedication to spending adequate time with students so as to provide them with a helping hand. I like the fact that your university is home to more than 130 clubs and organizations and I feel strongly that my temperament is a good fit for the field. My character is calm, easy going; my approach is amiable, my personality is professional and my greatest strengths are my sincerity and humor. My greatest pride is parenting and my ultimate fun is the family. My personal aspiration is to be a devoted husband and father with a well-rounded lifestyle. Most of all, I want to be a modest, yet well-respected nurse. This is why I feel that I am such a good fit with XXXX U, a program that is committed to providing their patients with cutting-edge care in an ethos of excellence.

Probably most important of all is my profound admiration for your commitment to community service, which speaks volumes to your mission of enhancing the welfare of communities globally as well as locally. I am especially excited that WesternU is recognized by the Western Diabetes Association. As a Latino man and a nurse, I am especially passionate about the struggle against diabetes, because of its devastating effects on Latinos in particular. I feel strongly that my experience so far as a registered nurse provides me with a solid foundation that will enable me to excel as a graduate student in to your MSN-E program. I appreciate the fact that XXXX is one of the largest graduate schools for the health professions in California and your graduates are given first consideration for a seat in the FNP Program. Completing an MSN at XXXX University of Health Science will give me the knowledge and skills that I need to optimize my contribution to my community as an FNP, especially with respect to the underserved. My special interests in research lie mostly in the area of molecular and metabolic disease including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Nursing is for me a career change motivated by factors of heart and conscience. I have spent the past 10 years mostly working as an underwriter for a successful commercial enterprise. The money has been good, enabling me to meet the financial obligations that come with being a good father and husband. Now, thankfully, we have reached a level of economic stability as a family so that I can for the first time turn my undivided attention to nursing full time – fulfilling my dreams of helping people as a professional, having a vocation, a calling rather than just a job. Throughout the course of my adult life I have yearned to help people, to do the kinds of things that a nurse does, and I was unable to do so because I sold myself down the river to meet the needs of my family. This emptiness of not helping people made me unhappy especially since both my grandma and my mother raised me to always give something back. Despite the fact that I was born in CA, I assimilate rapidly with immigrant families. I am able to bond with them because I understand them and relate to them, the difficulty of the challenges that they face and the courage to struggle forward to care for their children and their long term needs. I want to be a voice for the ‘undocumented’, especially in underserved areas. Today, I am amazed at my story and my family’s story and how we all “made it out” of our profoundly underrepresented community. I am a proud Chicano whose family became focused and understood the importance of obtaining a higher education. My older siblings are in education: one is a teacher, another a K-6 principal, and the third a para-educator. Two of them have doctoral degrees.

I have found my strength and I am now ready to dedicate my full attention to becoming the best prepared nurse possible. I am well aware that becoming a nurse can be emotionally challenging but it is just as rewarding; it is where I find my greatest joy. I now have the mental strength, motivation, and compassion to stand up to what is for me the challenge of my lifetime. Even though my grandma is not present, I know she is looking down on me every day, I hear her proudly saying: "That's my boy.” I am eager to start the next chapter in my life and continue to build upon my rite of passage. The goals I have formed for myself today help me make the most of life; this includes helping others with genuine sincerity. I consider myself to be a patient advocate at heart, care giver by nature and a helping hand to those in need; especially the underserved. My inspiration to become a nurse was going along with and observing my grandmother and my mother taking care of sick elderly patients in their homes in Mexico. The compassion they showed to their patients was so special, as they took care of them as if they were family. I used to stay with my grandmother during the summers in Guerrero Mexico and help in any way that I could with their care. I used to sit and read to them, reposition them in bed, transfer them from bed to wheel chair and I held their hands as they would tell me their life stories. The patients were so appreciative of the time I spent with them and how I listened to them. This is why I have had a love for talking to people and caring for them for as long as I can remember.

I am particularly interested in preventative medicine and hope to assist in research related to diabetes treatments, especially for poor and underserved populations. I am also interested in the problems of providing appropriate and effective healthcare to a rapidly aging population and the new challenges that this situation brings. I have learned over my many years of nursing of the necessity to be sensitive to non-verbal signals in communicating with patients and responding appropriately. I have always sought to take a holistic approach to patient care, taking into account such things as family situation and dynamics when working with patients and fully understand the importance of doing so.

I earned my undergraduate degree in 2006 in Kinesiology, thinking that it would be complimentary to my studies in nursing: understanding the human body as a whole, addressing lifestyle choices, learning how to alleviate muscle ailments through the application of various healing techniques and the overall enhancement of the well-being of patients. In 2013 I received my vocational nurse license. The child of a single-mother who always struggled economically, my undergraduate grades were not ‘stellar’ because I found myself obliged to work very long hours throughout my studies. Fully bilingual and bicultural, I love people and treating those who are sick because I feel I was blessed with healing hands. I communicate well with patients, their families, and coworkers and I have experience in dealing with patients and families over the last 25 years in Guerrero Mexico. I also now have 3 years dealing within different areas of our healthcare systems, hospitals, clinics, rehabs, to long term care facilities and also patients’ homes. I am especially passionate about helping the underserved in Latino communities. Growing up in some of the worst streets of Northeast Los Angeles—I learned what it meant and felt like to be a victim of crime, have limited food choices, and seek help in some of the nation’s most overcrowded healthcare clinics. This has helped me on my rotations to connect with all types of patients, I leaned first hand that Spanish speaking patients prefer and feel more comfortable interacting with a Spanish speaking nurses. Thus, I want to be the voice of those who suffer today as I did long ago, in those critical years when healthcare is especially vital.

When you can take a step back to see someone else’s point of view, you grow because you are able to relate to them at the most human level and find harmony and appreciation in cultural differences. I have grown enormously through direct contact with patients from many diverse backgrounds, my entire life. With every patient that I have attended, I have sought to understand them from their own perspective.

During my hospital rotation, for example, I was asked by the primary care physician to escort an elderly Chinese woman to the laboratory to have her blood drawn, but noticed the woman's hesitation. I asked is everything ok? She nodded, "yes." As we arrived, she took the laboratory slip and she declined to have any blood drawn. At first, I took it personal; I thought maybe she didn't feel comfortable with a male nurse. It wasn't until after I learned by my colleague that Chinese believe that blood taken away from their body will never be replenished. We were able to draw her blood the following day with the help of a translator. This experience helped me to better understand the nature of my own utility as a bilingual Spanish/English nurse (who is learning a few words in Chinese).

As long as I live, I will never forget “Jose,” a Mexican migrant farm worker who had sustained a very severe hip injury. His family was in Mexico and he spoke and understood only a very rural Spanish dialect. He had no visitors and his recovery was not progressing as it should. Jose appeared uninterested in recovering; he made no effort to communicate or participate in the recovery process. In fact, he physically turned away from those who attempted to help him. As Jose appeared to wither away, his prognosis seemed increasingly grim. When Jose's mother was finally able to visit, 8 weeks after the injury, we learned that Jose believed in traditional Mexican healing practices and was convinced that he would not recover without them. With the encouragement of his father, aided by curanderismo, folk healing that works at material, spiritual, and mental levels, Jose’s recovery was finally achieved and I became more sensitive to the sheer power of cultural tradition, belief, and perspective.

During my studies in the Licensed Vocational Nurse Program, I was exposed to a variety of clinical experiences that included intensive hands-on duties at several health care facilities as part of my training: ICU, Emergency Room, Sub-acute unit of a hospital, nursing homes, pediatrics, infectious disease and family medicine. These experiences were most enjoyable and edifying and have provided me with a broad and strong foundation for which to continue to cultivate my skills as a practitioner. My greatest passions are for family medicine and providing care to the underserved, vulnerable and disenfranchised populations of Mexico and California.

I hope to most distinguish myself in the future as a pediatric registered nurse who provides holistic care to children from medically underserved populations. I grew up in a poor family, thus, it will be truly rewarding for me to give back to the community in this way, helping children who come from similar socioeconomic backgrounds to heal in every way, emotionally as well as physically. I will engage parents in the healing process of their children, keep them informed, and educate them about the critical importance of responsive parenting and how essential it is to effective health care delivery.

I think my greatest contribution to society as an FNP would be in the area of health promotion and disease prevention. My ideal job would be working as a Family Nurse practitioner with an underprivileged population. It is also my hope to spend regular periods in developing countries as a volunteer, treating patients and passing on my skills and knowledge to local health care services in both Mexico's and LA's underserved communities. I want to be focus on both children and adults with an emphasis on preventative care and a solid, lifetime engagement with research, especially as it relates to the impact of diabetes on Latinos. I look forward to contributing to making healthcare more accessible to people of lower socioeconomic status. I would like to practice in urban setting where the underserved are overrepresented.

I know what it is like to lack insurance and to not have the funds necessary to see a physician. It is part of my dream to play a role in the health care system that makes healthcare affordable and accessible to everyone, serving as a compassionate family nurse practitioner who works collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team to deliver high quality care and improve patient outcomes. 10 years from now I hope to build my own family clinic and 15 years from now hopefully started a non – profit organization that provides health care access to special-needs Latino patients and the working poor in general.

I discovered tremendous gratification during my rotations in family care clinical, as well as a love for teaching. Whether clarifying vital signs for a patient, pointing out patient care suggestions or translating their healthcare services I find great satisfaction in sharing knowledge with others. I also volunteered at Los Angeles County hospital which offered me a broad-based, initial exposure to family nursing care, particularly for the underserved.

I am currently working for Caring 4 America, LLC as a medical and transportation screener. Many of our clients are Spanish-speaking immigrants and I am in charge of interpreting for them and translating their documents. I am getting the big picture and I find myself very much inspired to begin planning now for building my own family clinic in the future. I see myself in the role of nurse practitioner in the community setting, either doing family nursing or in an NP led clinic in inner-city LA. I have also traveled to Mexico on a mission to an underserved coal mining community, and provided care in their free clinic; and I have traveled to Spain on a medical mission trip. Our dedicated team served over 1,000 Mexican residents in Spain, originally from Guerrero, Mexico and now living in the rural communities of Santa Teresa and Ciudad Altamirano. My mission work has helped me to think creatively about ways that I can work to integrate health promotion, health maintenance, and preventative care concepts into the community, in order to improve overall health status.

My hobbies include traveling, volunteering, reading, running and being a parent to my 3 year old son. I grew up in a "housing project" in Downtown Los Angeles then moved to North East LA. Both LA locations where I lived rank among some of the worst in the country for violence, constant shootings, limited healthcare services, etc. I have also visited 13 countries 22 foreign cities in Europe. I was able to connect with people of all type of cultures, languages and also volunteered at several European medical clinics.

I thank you for considering my application.

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