The XXXX College of Health Science at XXXX University is my first choice for earning the Master’s Degree in Nursing primarily because of its creative curriculum, organization, and inspiring mission. Your curriculum resonates with me on many levels. I feel most confident that my time spent volunteering with Urgent Care at XXXX Community Center and the long hours I spent fully immersed in research as an undergraduate student will help me hit the ground running and excel in your program.
My parents are immigrants to the USA from Cambodia; therefore, I speak Khmer and English. While serving at our hospital, my finest moments have been when I meet Cambodian patients and sometimes their families. Our eyes light up, and we immediately feel most at home sharing and communicating about everything with great joy because we find ourselves speaking the same mother language. This helps the process and could even save a life in some circumstances. Thus, I look forward to a lifetime of service as the Cambodian nurse and ‘Khmer-speaker’ on call at my hospital.
Since I was ten years old, I’ve been a type 1 diabetic; the complexity of healthcare issues and healthcare treatments, eligibilities, insurance, etc., are all subjects I have been dealing with since childhood. I first became a Home-Health Aide because I sensed that nursing might be the career that best suits my high level of motivation, and my experience fully confirmed my keen desire to care for others. It was a great joy for me to become a healthcare provider. Before that, my only experience with health care systems was as a patient. Although my scope of practice was extremely limited as a Home-Health Aide, it brought me the greatest joy to provide a warm environment of comfort through mindful conversations and developing a rapport with my patient – always working collaboratively with the registered nurse. At this point, I started paying particular attention to the art of caregiving, which I have been cultivating ever since. I look forward to continuing to do so through a long lifetime mainly dedicated to Nursing. My experience and curiosity led me to the XXXX Community Health Center, where I was able to work as part of a team alongside nurse practitioners. Not only did these providers truly inspire me with their compassion and unfailing work ethic, I profoundly admired how they formulated interventions based on theoretical, scientific frameworks. I was immediately mesmerized by how, like a live hockey game, these providers work simultaneously, independently, and collectively to coordinate the best approach to complex cases or conditions.
Although I am highly motivated to give my all to a career in nursing, I did not have the same intense motivation during my first couple of years of college, and it took me a while to find myself as a student and begin to earn good grades. My professional and academic salvation, the cure for my lack of focus when I first started college, is my passion for scientific thinking, which has been mushrooming for the past couple of years. My grades have improved drastically over the last several years. I feel strongly that these more recent grades more accurately reflect my capacity to excel as a graduate student.
Over this past year, as an undergraduate researcher, I have had the opportunity to put scientific principles to practical use. I have learned a great deal about research methods. Most of my time has been spent preparing presentations, conducting literature reviews, and collecting data. The countless hours spent doing directed research gave me an appreciation for theoretical models' art and science. I plan on pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner and using the art of science to improve the health of my patients and the global health of all, using the art of nursing to create healthy adventures. I hope to work in understaffed community centers with patients from all walks of life and underserved populations, those who generally experience the most formidable barriers to care. I feel strongly that my career goals and sense of professional purpose are very consistent with the mission of Nursing at XXXX University. I deeply respect your dedication to culturally and linguistically competent and ethical healthcare that is both high-quality and safe. I also fully appreciate your absolute commitment to the cause of increasing access to that health care for those who cannot afford it, to some extent – worldwide.
For my part, I look forward, as a young Cambodian man, to practicing Global Nursing at a local clinic run by a community health center, very much like the one where I currently volunteer with a highly diverse population of individuals from all over the world in need of our services. I have a particular interest in our diabetic patients. I very much look forward to spending the balance of my long professional life dedicated to the cause of preventing and controlling diabetes and becoming the finest nursing professional possible.
I thank you for considering my application to Nursing at XXXX.