I could not be happier with my career direction, spending the last 1.5 years never taking my eyes off the at-risk infants in our care and the technology monitoring their progress. With each day, I have learned many things of great value while serving as a nurse in the Neonatal ICU of our hospital. I now feel it is time for me to go to graduate school in Nursing in preparation for making my maximum contribution to my career and community. I am a fully bilingual Latino who also appreciates the large numbers of Latinos represented in your university, with several active Hispanic and Latinx communities and affinity groups.
XXXX University is my first choice among Master’s Degree programs in Family Nursing Practice because of the exemplary way your FNP track prepares one for excellence in this area – focused on family. I am also very much attracted to the fact that your program is the only private Christian school serving the San Joaquin Valley. I see nursing as an expression of my Christian faith .so I feel especially drawn to study alongside others with like-minded values: walking with our savior while caring for patients, relieving pain, and providing compassionate evidence-based care.
Thinking and acting quickly in stressful emergencies, I always remain calm. Consistently developing solid relationships with patients and families through empathetic communication, I am always most respectful, focusing on the continuous advancement of my expertise, and looking forward to becoming an advanced practice nurse. I hope to serve as a nurse practitioner in rural and underserved areas of the central valley, where I was raised in CA. As a bilingual health provider in English/Spanish, I will be able to provide focused care in culturally appropriate ways with no communication barriers at all. The Fresno or central valley is home to many Spanish speakers, which is especially critical in thfor e children for whom Spanish is their primary if not only language. This need that exists in my home area of the state is one of the reasons why I am so dedicated to eventually becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner as I continue to study after becoming certified as an FNP. I am very hardworking and dedicated to lifelong learning, reflected in my GPA of 3.98 at XXXX State.
In my high school Sports Medicine course, I provided first aid to sports players and quickly realized that I had a calling and a talent, being there for people during a crisis. Early in college, I fell ill and had to have an emergency incision and drainage of a pilonidal cyst – the nurses comforted my anxiety and delivered exceptional care. That was the period in my life when I vowed to myself that I would one day be as great of a nurse as they were. My passion for nursing is grounded on helping patients achieve a healthy state of being, being there for patients during their most vulnerable moments, and positively impacting patients and the community.
I believe my work experience has provided me with a solid foundation, preparing me for excellence as a student in the Master of Science Nursing (MSN-FNP) Program. In 2018, I worked as a direct support professional at XXXX residential, caring for patients with mental and developmental disorders. I enjoyed providing compassionate care to clients with challenging behavioral issues, helping o enhance their quality of life. Later that year, I was fortunate to start as a student nurse extern in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a level III facility at XXXX for critically ill neonates, supporting a nurse preceptor.
I provide intensive lifesaving medical care and primary care activities to our tiniest patients. I have gained considerable confidence in monitoring vital signs, documentation, managing patient oxygen therapy, arterial and intravenous therapy, and using specialized equipment. I consistently educate parents and consult with the healthcare team to develop and implement patient care plans. In my short time at XXXX, I have been privileged to help implement essential improvements to our unit policies. I am a certified Spanish interpreter for the hospital and translate for Spanish-speaking parents. Being bilingual has allowed me to connect with Spanish-speaking families in a more meaningful way, helping to provide a more comfortable experience and better quality of care. I now feel strongly that I am ready for the challenge of studying to become an FNP.
As a graduate student in your program, I will make it my mission to deliver empathetic patient and family-centered care with a particular focus on attention to the underserved. I look forward to learning from a most-talented team of nursing leaders and university faculty.
Thank you for considering my application to your distinguished FNP Program at XXXX University.