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FNP Program Transfer, Personal Goal Statement, Family Nurse Practitioner, Russian in Chicago

Updated: Jun 16

I am finishing my first year of the Master’s Program in Nursing at XXXX College of Nursing. I now realize that I want more from my nursing education than XXXX offers. I ask you to consider my application for transfer to XXXX University. I want to earn my MSN at one of the top nursing programs globally, not far from where I was raised in my hometown, Chicago. I have been learning a great deal about career opportunities in the nursing field throughout the last year, and I now understand how crucial clinical placement is. This is something that XXXX does not offer. I now see the clinical placement as an essential part of earning the MSN Degree, perhaps especially in my case since I aspire to a lifetime of service as an FNP.

I long for the rigor of XXXX, the cutting-edge in nursing, and I feel strongly that I am ready for the challenge. My central professional dream is to become a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and design, construct, and operate a low-cost clinic that meets the specific needs of some of our most underprivileged populations. I look forward to many decades to come giving my all to the cause of patient education so that we can make constant progress in improving public health through disease prevention. Given my firm belief that we need to treat every patient holistically and in the family context to the extent to which each patient has one, the community looms large in my philosophy of nursing caring for highly diverse cultures in Chicago. I arrived in America from Lithuania just before starting high school in Chicago. Able to understand only very little English and speak even less when I arrived, my first year of high school was the greatest challenge of my life. After Lithuanian and a little English, I also picked up some Russian, which I have always thought of as my third language. Over the years, especially as a nursing professional, being multilingual has become central to my professional identity. Becoming fluent in Russian and learning to read, write, and speak was one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have ever done.

There is a vast population of Russians in Chicago, so it is not infrequent to hear this language in the city’s hospitals. Elderly Russian patients, in particular, often prefer nursing care in their native tongue. Speaking Russian with my patients is very near and dear to my heart and one of the ways that I enjoy celebrating the great diversity of America. The fact that I am fluent in Russian was one of the reasons why I was hired for my current position.

After graduating from college with a BSN, I was eager to start my new career. My dream was to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, so I wanted my first job to give me experience with patients throughout their life span. I currently work with chronically ill children with genetic disorders who need nursing care at home. In addition to working with children, I provide nursing care to adult and geriatric populations. One of my very first pediatric patients was a shy three-year boy who had required tracheostomy care. I remember being scared because the child didn’t know me and could not communicate with me verbally. I was sure he was not going just to let me clean his tracheostomy, so I decided we first needed to get to know each other on the playmat. After playing for a few minutes, we became friends, and he trusted me to clean his tracheostomy. I’m looking forward to working with an elderly population as well.

One of my elderly patients was newly diagnosed with diabetes and required teaching. I began showing her how to monitor her sugar and administer insulin. I asked her to demonstrate everything back to me, that she had learned. Her demonstration was correct, but I felt she wasn’t confident and worried she might forget. I have noticed that the elderly don’t feel comfortable admitting they are forgetful. So I created a large chart with pictures demonstrating how to monitor blood sugar levels and administer insulin and placed it on her refrigerator. She was ecstatic and told me that she always refers to the chart.

Thus, I’m looking forward to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner and providing care to patients across the lifespan. I also look forward to continuing to volunteer at the MDA camp because I have a strong bond with the kids there. Looking forward to a lifetime of service as an FNP professional dedicated to treating the whole family, not just one member, I will always pay special attention to the underserved and place participation in community education initiatives very high on my agenda.

I thank you for your consideration of my application to XXXX.

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