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Reasons for Applying: I have now arrived at that point where my children can take care of themselves and their devoted full-time mother is free to immerse herself almost exclusively in my studies and professional and volunteer engagement. I have given my life so far primarily to my country and my family, with training and years of experience as a helicopter pilot; and later for many more years as a military mom with my husband almost constantly deployed. I want very much to earn my BSN at the University of Miami so that I can devote the rest of my life to nursing, with special attention to the underserved.
I want to fly to disaster areas as a front-line nurse, part of medical relief teams. I have lived in the Developing World and feel most comfortable there. For three years (2006-2009), for example, I exercised a leadership role in support of minority (black) Aeta communities in rural Philippines (only approximately one third of their children survive to adulthood). I can understand Spanish, read French, and haggle in Thai.
Both of my parents are doctors and they raised me to follow their example, as someone who contributes to my community. Going with them to the hospital and learning to appreciate the profound importance of respect, dignity, and patience in a health care setting are among my earliest memories.
Objectives: I invested the bulk of my time as a young woman piloting a helicopter for the US Navy and subsequently spent years at home and abroad working in support of Navy operations, principally in the Middle East. I feel strongly that this experience has prepared me to make valuable contributions in the future to the nursing profession, especially in the area of disaster relief. I am looking forward to being accepted into the May 2015 A.B.S.N. class at the University of Miami so that I can learn everything that I can from the most accomplished nursing teachers in south Florida, where for some time now we have been establishing out permanent home.
Career Goals: Upon graduation, my goal is to work in an intensive care unit. While I would like very much to continue on to graduate school in Nurse Anesthesia, I am open to a variety of other options as well and look forward to your guidance at the U of Miami with respect to formation of my long term goals, graduate school, missions, etc. I am confident that my background as a Naval Officer and pilot will give me much to offer to an organization such as Doctors Without Borders. Trained as a soldier I have little fear; and I am ready to go to places where others might not be so keen to rush in. I think most clearly in emergency situations and I am accomplished at following established procedures in life or death situations.
My career goals are also the result of being a mother of 4, an experience which has further solidified caregiving as part of my nature. I know the reward and satisfaction that comes from opening your heart to care for others, the power of a smile and a gentle touch. For the past 17 years I have labored to imbue my 4 children with the same virtues and sense of community responsibility that my physician parents instilled in me: compassion, character, and the strength to excel in one’s contribution to society. Being accepted to your program at the University of XXXX will enable me to continue my professional engagement here in my home community, with family, friends, neighbors and professional connections that will enable me to excel in my studies.
Since I attended the information session in October at the University of XXXX I have set my heart on your program. I look forward to being challenged to learn quickly in school and in the workplace and I thank you for considering my application.