XXXX University is my first choice among post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs for a variety of reasons - in addition to the location; most of all, I find myself very much attracted to the sheer excellence of your program. I want to take that final step after earning my Master’s Degree in Nursing at the University of XXXX and earn my certificate as a Nurse Practitioner so that I may assume higher levels of responsibility as my career progresses, enhancing my opportunity to make my fullest contribution to Nursing.
This year, 2018, I finished my MS Degree in Nursing accompanied by 300 hours of participation in a Clinical Nurse Leader internship at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), among other rotations at a variety of Southern California Hospitals. I adore nursing and very much look forward to devoting the balance of my professional lifetime to nursing practice on both professional and volunteer levels, so that I might make the fullest contribution possible to society and community, with special emphasis on the underserved, the main reason why I am rapidly approaching fluency in Spanish.
My central focus as an NP will always be on primary care. The long-term health issues that I am most passionate about are precisely those that tend to be a direct result of poor preventative care, the front lines of primary care. One of my clinical assignments in the community was at a free health clinic where I noticed that most of the patients had many chronic conditions such as COPD, heart disease, and diabetes and I reflected at length upon the many different ways in which these afflictions could have generally been easily prevented by proper primary care.
A very hard worker who cannot imagine life without long hours on my feet, my professional position alone does not fulfill me. I could not be more confident that, especially after becoming an NP, I assistance will be sought after and most welcome in the community. My background in mental health helps me to better understand ways to communicate that are most effective for the achievement of therapeutic results. I am very compassionate and a good listener, which is central to building an effective relationship that leads to a good nursing outcome. I place a high priority on empathy with my patients, especially since patients are more likely to be honest if they feel that their NPs genuinely care for their well-being. When their patients are more honest, NPs can provide the most optimal care.
I have worked with the mental health population for many years and have seen the great toll that has been taken by stigmatization of mental illness and the need for emotional support, often bound up with substance abuse. I have cringed at what I continue to see a lack of empathy on the part of our society at large and a generalized misunderstanding of who these people are that struggle so mightily against a vast array of mental health illnesses, often doing so quite successfully. I have spent countless hours learning Spanish, along with nursing, one of the major efforts of my life so far, and I have done this not because I am in any way required to do so, but it comes from the heart.
I want to speak Spanish well with my patients, for the balance of my professional lifetime, because I enjoy it so, feeling re-charged each day by the intensity and warmth of their appreciation; I want more and more to be with and to help the underserved, speaking what is so often their language and standing by their side as their advocate as well as their nurse. I thank you for considering my application to your especially distinguished NP Certificate Program at XXXX University.