I am a young woman who has recently finished my BS Degree. Half African-American and half Puerto Rican, I have celebrated multicultural diversity my entire life, especially since I was a military child and we moved around constantly. I completed my BS in Public Health at XXXX University in 2005, focusing on health promotion. Then I went on to earn my BSN from XXXX University in 2007. Some of my fondest memories are of my time at XXU, and I deeply admire your program's progressive focus on public health issues. Since I am trained in public health and am a woman very sensitive to minority issues, I hope to have the privilege to devote myself to research in the area of disparities in the distribution of healthcare services among ethnic groups and social classes. Since I want to focus my long-term career plans on nursing education, this would be a dynamic and critically important area to develop as a research focus.
I want to return to XXU for my crowning achievement, the MSN in Public Health Nursing with a focus on education. I am a perennial optimist who always thinks positively and proactively; thus, I am optimistic that our efforts will pay off in the future and disparities will be reduced. I am concerned with vulnerable aggregates, especially children of color. I want to be the program director of a state or federal government institution or organization ten years from now. I would also like to teach community health nursing at a local community college.
I currently work part-time, serving the needs of a medically underserved community where most individuals have at least the perception of no access; they have no health insurance, and they confront profound cultural and language barriers that prevent them from seeking care. Working in this facility has exposed me to a vast array of patients, all of whom appear to be from the most distinct cultural backgrounds, and each speaks English in their way. This position has opened my eyes to many challenges; in my case, for example, recovering the Spanish I learned as a child and putting it to work in nursing.
I cannot wait to work each day because my patients are among the most vulnerable members of our society, with profound physical, emotional, and mental disabilities. I have learned to sustain my tranquility through empathy and to provide quality care by building a relationship based on mutual trust. I have also been very active as a volunteer with numerous public health fairs, doing health education screenings and promoting literature to the public. My central goal is to connect with patients on a level that inspires them to take responsibility for their recovery. This is especially difficult to do when working in acute care, where the patient turnover rate is high. XXU’s MSN graduate program is my first choice because I need the support of my family nearby to focus almost entirely on my studies. I am sentimentally attached to XXU, where I first developed my devotion to public health education.
I want to earn the MSN at XXU because I am confident that your undergraduate program has prepared me well to excel. Completing your program will give me the tools to advance my career as a distinguished nurse educator, leader, and advocate. I crave the satisfaction and fulfillment of touching people’s lives by empowering them to cope with lifetime health challenges. By completing your program, I will be qualified to develop lifelong health plans that put patients in the driver’s seat of their recovery. I thank you for considering my application to your program.