For over two decades, I have maintained a conceptual continuity in my academics and professional career. My work has garnered me many proficiencies, and I have been exposed to many differing surgical cases: ENT, GYN, GU, plastics, general, ortho, plastics, eyes, hands, oral, neuron, peripheral vascular, cardiovascular, podiatry and special procedures. There were many instances in which I had been privileged to demonstrate my leadership abilities managing nursing staff, as well as proving my strengths in working within a multidisciplinary team. This work has kept me current in all aspects of patient care, kept my clinical acumen practiced, developing and certain, expanded my capacity to successfully multi-task, maintaining my accuracy in patient history, charting and other documentation and administrative areas.
Around the time that I started working for the XXXX Center for Reproductive Medicine, after a protracted fight for her life, I lost a very close friend to ovarian cancer. We were about the same age. It made me reassess things, made me question where I was going with my career. Was I going to keep on doing the same things in nursing? Or was I going to let her death to have been in vain? The answer was a resounding ‘No’. I resolved to pick up her fallen banner and set my feet on the path to helping women – mothers, wives, sisters, my friends – avoid, as much as possible the eventuality of ovarian carcinomas, a number of gene mutations and other women’s health issues; preventable illnesses. I want to bring hope to those who believe that genetics is a preordination. This is much more than simply advancing my career, or wanting to diversify. This is about saving lives and practicing preventative medicine using the finest medical screening technology and testing processes at our disposal. What better way could a medical professional serve their community than to work at the beginning of the equation, to catch a disease before it manifests?
I look beyond simply the name and NIH research rankings of a school, and rather examine the breadth, volume and autonomy of the training program. Having said this, though, XXXX College of Nursing has a reputation over a century in the making, and I find this at the very least reassuring of quality. The XXXX School of Nursing has been in the media time and again, ranked as one of the finest graduate schools and hospitals in the United States.
While the university is “only” a two-hour drive away, the decision to go to XXXX online is based largely on the fact that I am a mother, a wife and an RN. I have a responsibility to my family, in terms of economics as well as being a mom and a wife. The convenience of XXXX online cannot be understated, and I will be able to readily apply all that I am learning to the workplace as well as bringing to the classroom my extensive and relevant experiences. Having said this, I am intent upon attending UC full-time, and simply managing my time well, as I always have.
I look forward to my time at XXXX College of Nursing, adding to the depth of the coursework for other students, giving insights from my peri-operative nursing career. While I have touched many lives for the better during my time as an RN, and I truly loved my work, I anticipate doing that much more as a WHNP as this is where my passion, my heart and my future lies.
Your time and consideration is greatly appreciated and I eagerly await a personal interview.