My application to your distinguished Master’s in Nursing Program at the University of XXXX is inspired primarily by my job as an ER nurse at the XXXX Medical Center in XXXX. I began serving here shortly after finishing my BSN Degree in May of 2012. Prior to that time, I spent more than a year here working as an ER Technician. I believe that I have gravitated almost automatically towards service in the area of Emergency Medicine because of my extensive military experience, as a Hospital Corpsman with the US Navy, to which I gave my all for 6.5 years from June of 2002 through December of 2008. Serving my country at home and abroad, I was especially pleased to provide medical care not only to service members, but also needy and underprivileged people in area where I was assigned. In fact, I hope to distinguish myself in your program as an excellent student and someone who is especially sensitive to and concerned with the needs of the medically underserved.
I am Cuban American, born and raised in Florida, and my wife is from Nicaragua. Her family has adopted me as one of their own and I am growing increasingly fond of her country. This is what brought me to the point of wanting to someday establish a primary care clinic in Nicaragua. I look forward to serving as a Family Nurse Practitioner for many decades to come, investing a lot of my energy in research geared towards the creation of public awareness programs concerning the prevention of cardiovascular disease, especially prominent among Hispanics. In particular, I want to address the way in which it is both culturally and economically driven.
I feel fortunate to have gotten to the point where I am in life, given the fact that my grandmother was almost my only parent growing up, first absent then in jail until I was 17 I barely got to know my mom as a child. My father came to see me only once and a very great while from the age of 6 forward. Most recently they have both been kind to me, consoling me concerning the loss of my grandmother.
There are many reasons why I am choosing UXXX in addition to its excellent reputation. I have a number of personal contacts, friends who have studied in your program and took the time to share their marvelous experiences with me. Also, your rigorous, full-time program would allow me to complete 1/3 of the program with my GI bill scholarship left over from the military. Furthermore, I live close by and could spend more time studying and less time driving. Finally, on a personal level, my wife is in her mid-30s and wants to have a baby and I am telling her that I want to finish my Master’s first.
One of the greatest assets that I hope to bring to your program is my extensive experience in patient monitoring as part of a highly interdisciplinary team in Emergency Medicine, since August of 2012. I am now fully immersed in that fine art of dealing with patients suffering from pain, stress, shock and grief—managing and comforting their families as well. I have been involved in the management of patients in all categories in our Emergency Department and I am skilled at intubations, defibrillations, autotransfusions, IV starts, A-line setups, splinting, suturing and more. Often, my Spanish comes in most handy. On some occasions, I have supervised LPN’s and ER Technicians and I hope to continue to advance in the cultivation of my leadership skills, especially as a result of completing your distinguished program at XXXX University.
Growing up on the move as a military child helped me to appreciate diversity. Beginning in 2002 I would follow in my father’s footsteps and join the military myself, serving alongside Marines, Navy, Army, and Foreign military. For every patient that I served I valued their health above my own, for almost 7 years. I have earned my undergraduate degree with distinction and I am now ready for that next hill to climb, the next challenge, becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. It is my passion in life to help others and I know this program and degree will give me what I need to achieve my goal.
Still in my early thirties, I hope to become deeply involved later on in my career with medical missions and sustainable public health development in Nicaragua, my newly adopted country. For decades to come as I labor in both Central and North America, the Master’s Degree that I hope to earn at XXXX University will continue to inspire and empower me at every turn. I thank you for considering my application to your very special program.