I earned my first bachelor's degree in Public Administration at XXXX University (UXX) in 1999. Later, I would decide on a career change, giving my all to nursing. I am in my last semester of the BSN Program at UXX, earning a 3.9 GPA while working full-time in the Trauma Progressive Care Unit at the University of XXXX Health System. I hope to complete my education, where it began, at UXX, by being accepted into your distinguished Master’s Degree Program in Nursing that will prepare me for a long and rewarding career as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with special training in Gerontology.
I am an African-American woman raised in some of LA’s most challenging neighborhoods. I feel fortunate to have become a nursing professional and keenly look forward to future service opportunities in nursing and excelling, particularly in gerontology. I hope to contribute to research and publication in the future concerning the unique challenges faced by older members of minority groups, especially African Americans.
Both my humble origins and experiences as an active part of the US Air Force Reserves have inspired me to want very much to excel in the area of nursing care for the underserved, those members of our global society that are in the greatest need, with particular attention to our geriatric populations. I look forward to going on medical missions for decades to wherever medical attention is most needed, especially in the aftermath of disasters. I feel strongly that my time spent with the Air Force Reserves will help to empower me to excel as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. My current position as a nurse in a Trauma PCU/IMU unit has become a natural choice, and I learn a great deal every day. I am a product of an underserved population, and this has helped me develop special awareness about the medical issues, challenges, and, most of all, hope we have for serving them better. I have lived on the other side, where I have witnessed who the American health care system fails or tends to overlook. I hope to serve as a role model to younger African American women in nursing, as someone who has spent 25 years in the Air Force Reserves, going on humanitarian tours and missions to Africa to attend to some of the most desperate medical needs on the planet. My volunteer and mission activities have helped me cultivate my passion and enthusiasm for the care of the underserved, especially our elderly Veterans, disproportionately African-Americans, and many homeless.
I hope to earn my graduate degree after a lifetime of struggle laboring to provide better health care for marginalized and vulnerable populations with a focus on particular groups, particularly homeless veterans. My central long-term objective is to provide clinical guidance on better meeting the health care needs of elderly adults (today's baby boomers), especially those who receive health care benefits through Veteran's Affairs. My ideal position is to work in an acute-care setting where I could provide direct patient care, guidance, and mentoring to clinical nursing staff on improving our healthcare outcomes.
I thank you for considering my application.