Currently finishing my first year of the Master’s Program in Nursing at XXXX College of Nursing, I now realize that I want more out my nursing education than XXXX has to offer and 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 in the world, not far from where I was raised in my home town, Chicago. Throughout the course of the last year or so, I have been learning a great deal about career opportunities in the nursing field and I now understand how important the clinical placement is. This is something that XXXX does not offer. I now see the clinical placement as an extremely important 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 to design, construct, and operate a low-cost clinic targeted to meet 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 at the improvement of public health through the prevention of disease. Given my firm belief that we need to treat each and every patient holistically and in the context of family to the extent to which each patient has one; the community looms large in my philosophy of nursing caring for extremely diverse cultures in Chicago. I arrived in America from Lithuania just in time to start 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. Increasingly over the years and especially as a nursing professional, I see being tri-lingual as of central importance to my professional identity. Becoming fluent in Russian and learning how to read and write it as well as speak it was definitely one of the most difficult as well as rewarding things that I have accomplished in my life.
There is a very large population of Russians in Chicago so it is not infrequent to hear this language spoken in the city’s hospitals. Elderly Russian patients, in particular, often prefer to have nursing care in their native tongue, and 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 that is America. In fact, 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 the 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 the life span. I currently work with children that are chronically ill or have some type of genetic disorder and need nursing care at home. In addition to working with children I also provide nursing care to adult and geriatric population. 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 doesn’t know me and can not communicate with me verbally. I was sure that he is not going to just let me clean his tracheostomy so I decided we first need to get to know each other on the playmatt. After playing for few minutes we became friends and he trusted me to clean his tracheostomy. I’m looking forward in working with an elderly population as well.
One of my elderly patient was newly diagnosed with diabetes and required teaching. I began showing her how to monitor her sugar step by step and how to administer insulin. I asked her to demonstrate everything back to me what she learned. Her demonstration was correct but I felt that she isn’t confident and I was worried she might forget. I have noticed that elderly don’t feel comfortable admitting that they are forgetful. So I created a large chart with pictures that demonstrate of how to monitor blood sugar levels and administer insulin placed it on her refrigerator. She was ecstatic and tells me that she always refers to the chart.
Thus, I’m looking forward in becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner and providing care to patients across the life span. 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.