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Accelerated Entry Level MSN Nursing (ELM-A)

February 18, 2017


Your Accelerated Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELM-A) Program at XXXX University is my first choice for graduate studies in Nursing. I graduated from XXXX in 1986 with a degree in Biology but I was seduced by art and have now been working in advertising for 20 years, earning the MA in Illustration and the MFA in Printmaking, both in 1995. In 2006 one of my closest friends became ill and died and I spent countless hours at the hospital. Since then, I have spent several hundreds of volunteer hours caring for patients.

I completed the LVN night program at XXXX College in 2010 and earned my LVN license with IV certification. Throughout my clinical experience in LVN school—a total of 964 hours—I was especially thankful to be learning how to rotate seamlessly between MedSurg and ER. I also had the opportunity to care for patients from Psych, Labor & Delivery, and Gerontology; and stayed very busy, starting IV’s, blood draws, dispensing medications, etc. I have assisting in hip-replacements, anal fistula repair, basic ADL's, providing g-tube feedings, tracheotomy maintenance, and wound care for all stages. I served as a team leader of my group of student nurses on many occasions and I have also aided in free flu-shot and wellness clinics catering to underserved communities sponsored by XXXX Hospital. I am now 100% committed to nursing and will be entirely leaving my work in advertising in order to dedicate myself full time and exclusively to your program at SFSU once I am accepted.

The medically underserved stand at the center of my world; and in California, in particular, they tend to speak my second language, Spanish. Each day that I care for someone in this language, for at least another two decades, I will be grateful for the fact that I spent much of my adolescence in Latin America since my father was a career US soldier stationed in Nicaragua for nearly a decade. The fact that I am fluent in Spanish leaves me with a heightened sense of responsibility to these individuals when they are in desperate need of healthcare for themselves or their children. Nursing care for the underserved will also figure prominently in what I eventually hope to teach, probably at the community college level; and I look forward to serving many years to come as a preceptor, passing on the torch to new generations.

I currently live in Southern California; but my heart will always be in San Francisco, with its progressive culture, the celebration of diversity, lifestyles, cultures, art, food, spirituality—on the cutting edge of human rights.  I recognize myself most clearly as a product of San Francisco. I love SFSU’s location, marvelous library, and almost everything about SF. The culture in SF is different than anywhere else that I have ever lived or visited and it is the place where I want to make my principal professional mark helping people to lead more healthy and productive lives.

I am gay, which is another reason why I love SF, naturally. Unlike some of my gay and Lesbian friends and acquaintances who are also health care workers and/or volunteers, however, my professional interests in health care are not directed preferentially to the LGBT community. I think this is primarily due to the fact that I have personally embraced the Latino community now for many years, and they are my special interest, irrespective of sexual orientation.. My special focus on the Spanish-speaking underserved members of our community is also highly consonant with the mission of XXXX and the way in which clinical placements are generally geared towards the underserved. I look forward to helping people from all walks of life, whether they are homeless or simply in need. 

As a much younger man I was a Training Officer in the United States Army Reserves for an entire company for over 5 years, responsible for establishing career paths, helping to set goals and developing training programs in order to achieve those goals for the Drill Sergeants whom I managed. This experience will also help me to excel in your program as a disciplined and hard working student. 

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