I am a woman of Canadian/British background now living in California. I was the child of a military family and spent time in England, Germany and Canada during my childhood. I am fully fluent in English and French and speak a little Spanish and German.
At the age of fifteen I was cycling with two younger children, one of whom was struck by a car. I reacted instinctively, I sent the other child to a nearby house to call 911, I kept the injured child still and comforted until EMS arrived and happily the incident ended well. I received much praise for my calmness, presence of mind and maturity in dealing with this situation and it was then that I began to consider nursing as a career. However I consider nursing to have been more a vocation than merely a career choice and one that I feel privileged to have been able to fulfill.
Most of my professional experience has been in area of emergency nursing. I worked for seven years in Emergency Departments and for the last seven years as a helicopter Flight Nurse. I have great autonomy in my current role, having no immediate access to physicians and am required to make, sometimes vital, decisions alone and believe that I have acquired an unusually high level of skill in rapid assessment. It has also enhanced my time management skills. My work requires a very high degree of motivation and confidence but is extremely satisfying. I recently attended a patient who was an old lady reported to me as “confused and talking gibberish”. She was in a highly agitated state and was actually speaking Arabic. I looked her in the eye, smiled and said “Alaikum salaam” (Peace be upon you) and she immediately calmed down and smiled back at me. I have often found that a smile and a squeezed hand is the first aid to recovery.
I have become very aware, in my current role as a Flight Nurse, of the desperate lack of accessibility to basic healthcare services of many people. I often fly in poor, rural areas where the only primary healthcare available is the Emergency Department. I am eager to help people of all ages to make good decisions about their basic primary healthcare such as effective tooth brushing, eating well and taking exercise. I also have a great interest in the study and application of holistic nursing.
I see my future as a Family Nurse Practitioner working in the ‘fast track’ area of an Emergency Department. I am particularly interested in undertaking research into the effects of different cultures on holistic nursing care.
I passionately share the values enunciated in the program’s mission statement, “…founded on the principle of serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures and beliefs promotes intellectual, ethical and spiritual understanding” which summarizes nursing ideals for me. Whilst my current role has not exposed me to people of many different cultures, I have lived in several different countries in the past both in Europe and North America and I have traveled to several others in the Middle East. I relate well to those whose cultural backgrounds differ from my own and look forward to doing so within the program.
I am aware that my grades in undergraduate nursing could not be described as ‘stellar’. However, as I have matured, I have become a much more motivated student as evidenced by the four extra certifications that I have obtained through very hard work. I have been awarded CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse), CFRN (Certified Flight Registered Nurse), CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse) and, just recently, CPEN (Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse).
It is my aim now to be a more effective and knowledgeable nursing professional and to specialize in family nursing. I see the Master’s program as the ideal fit to enable me to reach my objectives. I am aware that this prestigious program will attract many well qualified applicants but I genuinely believe that I can ‘add value’ to my class and the academic community through my experience, motivation, love of learning and, most importantly, my love of nursing.
Thank you for considering my application for the Master’s in Nursing program.