Since my early childhood I have seen the worst of health practice, therefore, have never dreamed of pursuing a career in medicine. In Romania, a country I come from, corruption and bribery permeated all aspects of nation’s life, including medicine, and that was the main reason why I did not think of a medical profession for myself. Hence, I have decided to become a lawyer, but never graduated from the University, as got a chance to leave the country.
Having immigrated to the US, I had a very hard time deciding what to do with my life. I knew for sure that I wanted to work closely with people, helping them to cope with any difficulty they might face. However, at that point, it was rather complicated for me to come up with a way of doing it. Things got better, when my friend offered me to try applying to a nursing school with her, what I eventually did. Of course, I was not 100% sure that the chosen profession is the best for me, but at that time it looked like the best decision I have ever made. And it was. I cannot say that it was easy for me to manage it all, as being a single mom, I had to work and study simultaneously. However, in December 2013 I graduated with a Bachelors degree.
My commitment to advance in nursing was reinforced by a work experience at MD Anderson, which provided a valuable perspective on the challenges of the profession. I had a chance to witness emotional and physical stress nurses and doctors face daily; however, I also saw the rewards of being able to have such a significant impact on patient’s lives. This job helped me to understand how important it is to be around people who are on the same page with me, people who devote their lives to helping others. While working at the MD Anderson hospital, I have gained a worthy experience, and a clear understanding that I am on the right path. Someone once said: if you loved your job, you will not work for a single day — so true. I have never felt that I am working; rather, I am doing something I love and enjoy. However, having looked at my performance I understood that I lack the knowledge of nursing practice, needed to show the best results, therefore, the decision has been made to apply to graduate school.
I sincerely believe that pursuing graduate study will facilitate my short- and long-term goals. I want a wide variety of experiences in order to enhance my skills, so more people could benefit from my knowledge and capabilities. The main goal, I hope to achieve while attending a graduate program, is to stay current on education, to become a competent nurse.
Gained knowledge will give me the confidence, and ability to diminish any possible nurse blunders. By completing this objective, I will increase my efficiency as a prosperous nurse.
Another goal of mine is to provide those, in need of a medical assistance, with an ongoing community service. I strongly believe, that everyone, regardless their gender, race, financial power, have right for care and treatment, and I, as a qualified nurse, will do everything possible to provide everyone with the treatment they deserve.
At the end of my letter, I would like to remember Mother Theresa, who once said “the greatest disease of today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for”. I strongly agree with the aforementioned words, and commit myself to doing my best to help as many people as possible, providing them with love, care and compassion.