I was awarded my BSN by the University of Phoenix with a GPA of 3.8 and made the Dean’s List every semester. I am therefore confident of my ability to successfully complete the Master’s program, I always seek to excel in anything that I undertake and certainly intend to apply myself fully in order to do so within the program. My goal is to acquire as many skills and as much knowledge as possible to enable me to become a highly skilled and effective Family Nurse Practitioner.
My passion for nursing was fired as a 17-year-old when my aunt, the only relative I had in the US, was suffering from breast cancer and it was my privilege to help care for her. I was inspired by the dedication and empathy demonstrated by those who nursed her and decided that I wanted to be as useful in the community as they were. Following my aunt’s death, I had to support myself through the last year of high school and subsequently college and nursing school. I believe that this provides evidence of independence, determination, diligence and focus that will enable me to excel in the program. I thoroughly enjoyed my nursing training and knew that I had found a vocation rather than made a mere career choice.
Much of my work to date has been in the area of cosmetic nursing. This has exposed me to child ‘cleft palate’ cases from underprivileged families and I have contact with Internists who have given me an insight into their work. These experiences have caused me to consider the direction of my future career. While I have enjoyed my work to date, I have concluded that I wish to apply my nursing skill in a much wider context. I hope to make a positive difference in many people’s lives by applying my nursing skills and to do so while pursuing a satisfying and rewarding career that will provide substantial variety and autonomy. I am convinced that the FNP role will enable me to meet my aspirations. I seek to treat a wide variety of patients and conditions and am very interested in preventative health education. I am also interested in the problems of providing appropriate and effective healthcare to a fast aging population and the new challenges that this situation brings. Coming from a culture in which the elderly are regarded as worthy of special respect and care, I feel that I might be able to provide useful insights in this area of nursing.
My choice of the XXXX School of Nursing has been made after much careful research and consideration. I am attracted by: the fact that I can combine FNP studies while acquiring the MSN degree; the breadth and comprehensiveness of the curriculum offered; the opportunity to undertake research within the program; the reputation that the school has for providing a supportive and challenging training environment; the opportunity to undertake practical training with a very varied cultural ‘mix’ of people; and, of course, the prestigious reputation of the School which will maximize my ability to find early and suitable employment as a FNP.
My goals are to enhance my skills and knowledge in the program to equip me to become a highly effective FNP. I seek to work with financially challenged and underserved communities and, ultimately, to establish a clinic among such a community. I am particularly interested in obesity and cancer prevention and hope to assist in research in the provision of effective preventative education in these areas.
I am aware that the FNP role calls for particular skills and I am sure that I can offer or acquire such skills. In my current work, patient anxiety is something that we face each day and I find myself able to relate well to patients of all ages and to soothe them and communicate effectively with patients and families. I have also acquired some skill in reading ‘non-verbal’ signals when dealing with patients and reacting appropriately to them. I am a good team worker but enjoy exercising independence and autonomy.
As an immigrant myself, I can readily empathize with those who are facing the challenges of adjustment that this brings. I was born in Iran and am fluent in Farsi. I have been exposed to many different cultures during travels to China, India and several countries in Africa and South America. I have happily studied, worked and socialized with people of many cultural and social backgrounds in the US and look forward to widening these experiences within the program. I enjoy learning about other cultures and sharing information about my own.
I know that there will be many well qualified applicants for the program but genuinely feel that I am an excellent candidate. I have the academic background, diligence and commitment to succeed within the program but my main recommendation is a passionately held desire to become a highly skilled and effective FNP and to improving many lives in that role.