MSN Public Health Education, Minority

March 11, 2014

I am a young woman who has recently finished my BSN. Half African-American and half Puerto Rican, I have celebrated multicultural diversity my entire life, especially since I was a military child and we moved around constantly. I completed my BS in Public Health at XXXX University in 2005 with a focus on health promotion. Then I went on to earn my BSN from XXXX University in 2007. Some of my fondest memories are my time at XXU and I deeply admire your program with its progressive focus on public health issues. Since I am trained in public health, and a woman who is very sensitive to minority issues, I hope to have the privilege at some point to devote myself to full time research in the area of disparities in the distribution of health care services among ethnic groups and social classes. Since I want to focus my long term career plans around nursing education, I think that this would be a dynamic and critically important area to develop as a research focus.

 I want very much to return to XXU for my crowning achievement, the MSN in Public Health Nursing with a focus in education. I am a perennial optimist who always thinks positively and proactively; thus, I am optimistic that our efforts will pay off in the future and achieve a decrease in disparities in health status across minority groups that are over represented in the lower socioeconomic strata of our society. I am concerned with vulnerable aggregates, especially children of color. 10 years from now, I would like to be the program director of a state or federal government institution or organization. I would also like very much to teach at a local community college in the area of community health nursing.

 I currently work part time serving the needs of a medically underserved community where a majority of individuals have at least the perception of no access; they have no health insurance, and they confront profound cultural and/or language barriers that prevent them from seeking care. Working in this facility has exposed me to a vast array of patients all of whom appear to be from most distinct cultural backgrounds and each one speaks English in his or her own way. This position has opened my eyes to many challenges; in my own case, for example, recovering the Spanish that I learned as a child and putting it to work in nursing.

 I cannot wait to get to work each day because my patients are among the most vulnerable members of our society, with profound physical, emotional, and/or mental disabilities. I have learned to sustain my own tranquility through the exercise of empathy and to provide quality care through the building of a relationship based on mutual trust. I have also been very active as a volunteer with numerous public health fairs, doing health education screenings and promoting literature to the public. My central goal is to connect with patients on a level that inspires them to take responsibility for their own recovery. This is especially difficult to do working in acute care where the patient turn-over rate is so high. XXU’s MSN graduate program is my first choice because I need the support of my family nearby so that I can focus almost entirely on my studies, and I am sentimentally attached to XXU, where I first developed my devotion to public health education.

 I want to earn the MSN at XXU because I am confident that your undergraduate program has prepared me well to excel in your graduate school. Completing your program will provide me with the tools that I need to advance my career as a distinguished nurse educator, leader, and advocate. I crave the satisfaction and fulfillment that comes from touching people’s lives by empowering them to cope with lifetime health challenges. By completing your program, I will be qualified to develop lifelong health plans that put patients in the driver’s seat of their own recovery. I thank you for considering my application to your program.

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