I am a woman of Puerto Rican ancestry who was born in New York. Since late adolescence, I have been dedicated to my nursing career, completing my BSN and my MSN at XXXX College. Now 41, I am a nurse who has had time to develop a great deal of passion for patients and has strong feelings about the importance of providing adequate care to everyone, regardless of their socio-economic background. I am incredibly knowledgeable about and concerned with our geriatric patients. I feel strongly that a wealthy society such as ours can afford outstanding nursing care for our elderly patients irrespective of their ability to pay. I want to devote the balance of my life to this cause.
Ten years from now, I want to teach in a BSN program. I have heard that one never fully learns a subject until one teaches it. I have another academic research interest in nurse-nurse relations, especially regarding hostility, what provokes it, and how it is best managed. However, I want to dedicate my professional life to investigating how to best improve patient outcomes, especially for geriatric patients who are indigent or come from families of scarce resources. Even though I was born in America, I have retained my Spanish as part of my family tradition, and I especially prize my opportunities to use it on the job. I feel strongly that nurse-patient communication needs to occur in the language patients know best. I am pleased that there is a great demand for bilingual nurses who speak Spanish.
I have over ten years of nursing experience in our hospital’s Progressive Care Unit, working primarily with patients on telemetry and mechanical ventilators. I am a charge nurse on a 25-bed step-down unit serving a high volume of cardiac patients. I perform clinical nursing assessments, develop and implement nursing care plans, and provide cardiac monitoring, ventilator monitoring, and weaning protocols. I educate patients and their families and assist with discharge planning. I also provide orientation for new nursing staff. Before this position, I spent three years providing nursing care throughout Westchester County and the North Bronx. I performed assessments, administered medications, cared for wounds, changed dressings, etc. I especially enjoyed my collaboration with multidisciplinary teams in developing comprehensive care plans. I enjoyed providing emotional support and respite care to families in this position.
In my free time, I often volunteer in a hospital setting. Most prominently, I have devoted countless hours to Heart-to-Heart Seminar, doing blood pressure screenings, Safety Fairs, Flu administration, and infection control education for the community in both English and Spanish; I move around in volunteer circles because I see this as an essential aspect of a professional nurse that looks forward to fulfilling a leadership position in her field, especially if I am admitted to your distinguished program so that I will have an education in nursing that is among the finest. I take special pride in my contribution as a Puerto Rican woman to celebrating diversity in the medical community.
The most significant contribution I could make to society would be to help expand our nursing knowledge base through research and education to diminish health disparities in the community. I am confident that my dedication, hard work, and strong will to succeed will help me excel in your program. I am convinced that your distinguished faculty will allow me to realize my dream. I would consider it a special honor and privilege to have the opportunity to pursue my education at XXXX.
Thank you for considering my application.