A most dedicated nursing professional and student of nursing, I hope to be accepted to the BSN through MSN Program in Nursing at the University of XXXX because of my intense dedication to becoming a nurse. I have made rapid and constant progress toward this goal. A Latino and Spanish speaker, I also hope to be accepted to your incredibly prestigious and rigorous program because I am very dedicated to the cause of caring for the healthcare needs of the underserved in Northern California – many of whom are undocumented and speak little to no English.
I have spent the last 20 years working in the hospitality industry and found pleasure in caring for many guests throughout this period. Hospitality, however, was a job, an income, a way to help my immediate family – never was it a vocation that speaks to my innermost drive for social service. With each passing year, I became more convinced that my happiness and destiny lie in nursing, the area in which I am drawn to study and practice and have been making great strides over the last few years.
I have a long personal history of caring for people. As a student in high school, I was a primary caregiver for my younger siblings. My parents did the best they could with few resources; both were disadvantaged early on since they were orphans in Mexico when they met at an early age and fell in love. My parents were forced to drop out of school to secure jobs for their basic needs. While my mom was later able to attain some level of literacy, my father only received a first-grade education. Both my parents instilled in me the values of responsibility, ethics, and hard work, for which I am incredibly grateful.
My interest in nursing first developed when I was still in junior high. Mom was rushed to the hospital for unexpected surgery, and I vividly remember how the nurses provided care and support for my mother throughout her stay. These nurses were very sympathetic, compassionate, and knowledgeable about medical care. As I got to know a few of them better since my mother was there for some time, they became role models, and the memory continues to inspire me to this day. I was fascinated by the intricacies of their structured techniques and clever use of hospital equipment, which at the time appeared miraculous. That experience fixed the goal of becoming a nurse in my mind and heart at an incredibly early age with the desire to go into nursing.
However, in high school, I became subject to peer pressure from my macho Latino friends, who laughed at me and suggested that I was gay because I wanted to become a nurse, which was a mistake. I defaulted on hospitality primarily to provide financial support for my family.
For the past two-and-a-half years, I’ve been enrolled full-time at the City College of XXXX, studying the prerequisites that will allow me to attend the Nursing Program at the University of San Francisco. I have maintained a high GPA while continuing to work part-time. I keenly look forward to furthering my knowledge about the human body's complexities for several decades, making constant progress, and continuing to refine my knowledge, methods, and skills. I can think of no more excellent gift day in and day out than easing an individual’s pain or suffering resulting from disease.
My short-term career goal is to successfully earn my BSN, then pass the NCLEX-RN state exam. Once this is accomplished, I would like to work on a hospital medical-surgical floor to achieve several years of experience after graduation, which will help to develop my clinical skills. I hope to earn my MSN and become a nurse practitioner and an active member of the American Nurses Association participating in research and giving presentations at seminars.
I could not be more excited about the vast opportunities available within the nursing field, with marvelous opportunities to learn about other people, cultures, and the community. UX has an incredibly excellent BSN program that utilizes hands-on approaches and allows students to strengthen their clinical skills and evaluation techniques using the Clinical Skills Lab and Simulation Center. I see UXX as the optimal springboard upon which to launch my career in Nursing. I love the diversity of the University, its mission, small classroom sizes, and especially the values of a Jesuit-based education that embraces social justice and global solidarity.
I thank you for considering my application to Nursing at the University of XXXX,