Application Essay for an Advanced Degree in Nursing
“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.”
Many are called but a few are chosen, so they say. While many enter their chosen careers for a lot of different reasons, I entered mine for the right one. I am lucky to have found my calling and purpose in life at a very young age.
At the early age of 14, I was blessed with a child. This event in my life ushered my life long dream of becoming a nurse. Although being a mother at such an early age might hinder others from obtaining their dreams, it only made me more determined to pursue nursing. This helped me in finishing high school ahead of my batch and moving to college to study nursing. By the age of 20, I already had a degree in Associate Nursing. Then, I went on to become a registered nurse to practice what I have studied and to live this dream of mine. Along the way, I have met such great and helpful mentors who have taught me how to love this profession more. My natural maternal instincts as well as my superb professional ethics helped in being a top-notch practitioner in my chosen field. While working, I was reaffirmed that this indeed, is the life I am meant to live; that this is the path I am bound to take. Nothing gives me the satisfaction more than seeing a patient smile or ease their pain even through the tiniest things. My experiences has empowered me to help patients. My challenges in life fueled me to succeed in this profession. My hindrances, I used as a stepping stone to reach my destination.
Now, I am aiming to pursue an advanced degree in nursing to not only further my knowledge, but to give back. Yes, I am determined to give back. I believe that I should give back to the patients who entrusted themselves to my services the love and professional care they deserve. Also, I believe that I should give back to my mentors by being one myself to the young ones out there. But most importantly, I want to give back to the less fortunate American people who deserves nothing but the best in professional health care. After completing this advanced degree, I plan to teach in the university to further help young people who I was once like realize their dreams.
I expect that a post-graduate degree will satisfy my continuous thirst for knowledge and enable me to be the best nurse that I can be. More than the academic knowledge, I will use this degree to strengthen my role as an agent of change and a bearer of hope to future patient and students alike. Indeed, this is degree is my ticket to self-actualization and to making my small contribution in helping this world of ours a better and healthier place.