I have been privileged to care for many elderly patients most of whom are Korean, like myself consequently I have learned Korean for much about medical terminology and regard this as an unusual and useful skill. Special respect and affection are accorded to the elderly in my culture and I greatly enjoy this contact. I am aware that the aging population is bringing new and significant challenges to the field of nursing and I intend to begin my career in geriatric nursing to play a part in identifying and dealing with these challenges. I have also become increasingly aware of the need for basic health education to encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyles and diets particularly in dealing with the increasing incidence of diabetes among Koreans and I hope to be involved in this education in my future career.
A love of art and a natural skill in it led me to study the subject and become a professional artist. While the work provided a degree of satisfaction, I became restless and dissatisfied recalling an early resolution to ‘make a difference with my life rather than merely make a living. Nursing had always been in the back of my mind as a career and, when the restlessness increased, I finally decided, in 2017, to ‘change direction’. I qualified as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician as the first step into nursing and have been employed as a Nurse Assistant/Phlebotomist for a year. This experience has confirmed my decision to pursue a career in Nursing. I now seek to acquire the higher skills and knowledge to enable me to practice as a qualified nurse and, eventually, to become a Nurse Practitioner working with underserved aged populations.
My initial exposure to the field of health care was gained as a volunteer in a children’s hospital. Although I undertook very basic duties, it provided the opportunity to observe nurses doing their jobs and was very useful. I began to appreciate the characteristics displayed by a good nurse such as diligence, perseverance, time management, and, most importantly, excellent communication skills and the importance of a ‘holistic approach to the patient.
I have been trained to perform numerous tasks such as; assessing vitals, drawing blood and performing EKG, and many others but have also learned that a bright smile and a squeezed hand can cure an anxious frown, I have learned to empathize and to listen sympathetically. I have learned to explain, in simple terms the purpose of the procedures that I administer and to gently re-assure nervous patients. All this has provided a degree of satisfaction that was lacking in my work as an artist.
I am seeking a challenging but supportive academic environment, excellent facilities, a prestigious teaching reputation, and faculty, and an emphasis on the practical and, I am confident that XXXX fulfills all these criteria.