A most dedicated nursing professional and student of nursing, I have hope of being accepted to the BSN through MSN Program in Nursing at the University of San Francisco despite its comparatively competitive nature because of my intense dedication to becoming a nurse and the fact that I have made rapid and constant progress towards this goal. A Latino and Spanish-speaker, I also have hope of being accepted to your especially prestigious and rigorous program because of the fact that I am also very dedicated to the cause of caring for the health care 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 caring for many guests over the course of this period. Hospitality, however, was a job, an income, a way to help my immediate family – never was it a vocation, that which speaks to my most innermost drives of social service. Increasingly, 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 course of the last few years.
I have a long personal history of caring for people. As a student in high school, I was a primary care giver for my younger siblings. My parents did the best that they could with few resources; both of them disadvantaged from early on since they were both orphans in Mexico when they met at a young age and fell in love. Both of my parents were forced to drop out of school in order to secure jobs for their basic needs. While 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 very 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 and compassionate as well as very knowledgeable about medical care. As I got to know a few of them better since my mother was there for some time, they became converted into role models, and the memory continues to inspire me to this day. I was fascinated by the intricacies of their structured techniques and adroit 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 a very early age with the desire to go into nursing.
In high school, however, 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, of course, was a mistake. I defaulted into hospitality primarily as a way 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 into the Nursing Program at the University of San Francisco. I have maintained a high GPA while continuing to work part-time. Fully dedicated to lifelong learning, I keenly look forward to continuing to further my knowledge about the complexities of the human body for several decades to come, making constant progress along the say in understanding in developing and continuing to refine the knowledge, methods, and skills set along the way. I can think of no greater gift day in and day out than ease an individual’s pain or suffering resulting from disease.
My short-term career goal consists of successfully gaining my BSN, then passing the NCLEX-RN state exam. Once this is accomplished, I would like to work in a hospital medical-surgical floor to gain several years of experience after graduation, which will help to develop my clinical skills. I hope to not only earn my MSN but also becoming a nurse practitioner and an active member of the American Nurses Association as well as participating on some level in research and presentation at seminars.
I could not be more excited about the vast opportunities that are available within the field of Nursing, with marvelous opportunities to learn about other people, cultures, and the community as a whole. UXX has an especially excellent BSN program which utilizes hands-on approaches and provides students the opportunity to strengthen their clinical skills and evaluation techniques by providing the use of 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,