I want to become a nurse practitioner because nursing is my life and I want to advance in my career, becoming the finest ANP possible. I do not spend much time on facebook; when I am there, it is usually to share experiences with other nurses. At least with the exception of my daughter, my top priority is always nursing, working towards my long term goal of becoming the very finest nurse that I possibly can. Especially over the course of the last two years, I make free time for the Internet to study nursing, articles about nurses, and everything I can find related to earning the Masters Degree to become an ANP. I have been with my daughter’s father since I was 16 years old, a stable, hard working nurse.
My desire to advance in my career as a nurse is ultimately based on the way in which I suffered as a child. I was one of very few from a huge family to graduate from high school and the first to go to college. My life was difficult growing up as a child because I was taken from my mother and step-father at 7 years old by the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services and, thank god, taken to my grandparents, all of whom immigrated to America from Portugal in search of a better life. All of this happened primarily because my mom is a drug addict. Now, I see this as a positive factor in my life, however, first and foremost because I have no addiction problems myself, perhaps because of the great fear of addiction that the example of my mother inspired in me; living with the violence, emotional if not physical, the insecurity, the fear and anxiety.
My mother’s addictions to multiple substances finally resulted in the extreme step of her being deported from the USA, despite the fact that she was leaving behind not only her daughter but also her parents. A long, drawn out process that my mother attempted to fight to the best of her limited abilities, she was finally deported when I was 16 years old. I went to see her twice, once when I turned 18 and then again when I was 25. She has been very ill for some time with HIV and cirrhosis of the liver.
I am now 29, a BSN holder, and I most pleased that I have established an admirable track record as a nursing professional, I feel I am at the optimal point in my life with great energy and drive to excel in your distinguished Master’s Program at XXXX Nursing School. Completing your program would enable me to gain the knowledge, skills, and creative energy to be able to realize my long term goals and lifetime dream of establishing a walk-in clinic for the numerous Portuguese immigrants in my region and to help them to the best of my ability with all of the tools and resources that I would be able to pull together as a certified Nurse Practitioner.
Perhaps my most unique qualification is simply my mother language, Portuguese. I was surprised not long ago to read that among all tourists to the United States from foreign countries, Brazilians spend more money in the USA, per visitor, than tourists from any other country. Most important to me, however, is that the numbers of tourists from Brazil have been increasing steadily for many years. I will be proud to serve a health care facility not only as a distinguished nursing professional, but also as someone who is fully bilingual and a native speaker of two languages, Portuguese as well as English. In this way, health care would be more immediately available to any patient in our institution whose mother tongue is Portuguese, the 6th most widely spoken language in the world.
I earned my BSN in 2007 after struggling through college with 2 different jobs, paying for my own car, insurance, etc; my professors would scold me for working too much. I struggled so with chemistry; but I refused to get anything less than a B. I would get tutored between classes when I was not cleaning homes for wealthy people.
My long term goal is to help establish and work for an acute care clinic or walk in that caters to Portuguese-speaking immigrants in Massachusetts. I believe that health care is most effective when communication is at its best, and, for the many thousands of people who live in Massachusetts whose mother tongues is Portuguese, I feel that I have a special gift in this regard, something special to offer the medical community as a nurse practitioner.
I believe that my greatest strength, however, is simply that I am a very hard worker, focused, concentrated, and engaged. I take the most pride in being compassionate with my patients and their families, and I am especially passionate about nursing care for adults who live below the poverty level, people for whom their entire lives have been a great struggle, as it has been for my grandparents who raised me. My principal day-dreams for the future surround things like an ambulatory clinic where I could participate in exciting new ventures in health care that are directed at those who need health care the most, without respect to their ability to pay. I think in terms of non-profit walk ins. I want to be an advocate and to speak up for those who are unable to take proper care of themselves or find adequate resources to be able to live a dignified life.
Since graduating with my BSN, I have had a beautiful baby girl and I want her to have a much better start in life than her mom had. I still struggle with my family. Unfortunately, my little brothers did not heed my warnings about substance abuse and 2 out of 3 are in and out of jail. I worry about my mom dying alone and sad, homeless in the Azores Islands. So it is a great relief to me to be able to escape from all of this and to immerse myself in nursing. I send money to my mom every month and I try and help my brothers as much as I can. I have gotten to know my father, who I first met at the age of 12, and this has been some comfort.
I was accepted into the UXX Nursing Program in 2004 and finished three years later. After graduating, I worked enormously hard as a new nurse, those first six months, and proved my abilities and strong work ethic, learning a great deal in particular about the relationship of patients and their families and central importance of family engagement with nursing care. I became a charge nurse within 6 months of hire. Soon after, I was promoted to Nursing Supervisor. Most recently, I have transitioned to home care, visiting patients in their homes, where they are most comfortable, in an effort to avoid re-hospitalization and acute care transfers.
My principal points of fascination in terms of research into nursing care surround the relationship between poverty levels and co-morbity. I regret very much that I have not been able to do volunteer work or to go on medical missions. My extra work is to my family, not only looking after my grandparents but also my brother’s children. I just completed guiding my nephew and godson through his first communion.
I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished program.