Graduating work after college because I assumed my

Graduating from
Montclair State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health
was probably the first time I felt a sense of pride in myself. Growing up I
have faced many challenges. Every challenge I have faced, I have overcome, due
to a self-enforced determination. I was raised by a single, hard working mother
that worked multiple jobs to provide for my sisters and I. For most of my life,
I never felt I was good enough or even smart enough to do more than just
mediocre work. I never had anyone available to help out with homework, tell me
that I am doing a good job, or even that they were proud of me. No one in my
family had ever gone to college, so that was something I didn’t even consider
until my senior year in high school. Getting accepted to college was a major
accomplishment for me, but I was quite nervous not knowing what to expect. I
proved to myself that I was capable of doing more than just mediocre work by
making the dean’s multiple times, occasionally taking more credits than the
norm, all while working part time to provide for myself.

The day I walked across
the stage from Montclair State University was the first time that I heard
anyone tell me they were proud of me, which was the best feeling in the world,
and actually made me cry.  After graduation,
I was working part time at a grocery store and full time at the airport in
retail. During my undergraduate studies, I didn’t really think much about work
after college because I assumed my BS would lead to a successful career in the
field of public health post-graduation. I quickly realized that things weren’t
going to just fall into place because I now had a bachelor’s degree, but I had
to actually figure out what it is I wanted to do, and continue to work hard to
get there. After several months of struggling to find the desire to work two
jobs that I didn’t absolutely love, I decided I needed to focus on what my true
passion was towards a more fulfilling and stable career.

People always told me
that when choosing a career it is best to do something that you’re good at and
something that makes you happy. It took me a while to finally I realized that
my happiest moments were during the times I could make someone’s day better by
helping them through a tough situation. After much research and conversations
with a few professionals in the field, I decided that nursing would best suit
my compassion and innate desire to help people. At the time, I figured it would
be best to get an inside glimpse of the field to learn more about the roles and
responsibilities of a nurse, which is when I decided to apply and got hired at
a nursing home as a recreation coordinator. During my time at the nursing home,
I enjoyed talking to, caring for, and developing relationships with the
residents, and this was something that really attracted me to nursing. I could
tell that something as simple as me grabbling a cup of water for a patient, or
being there to listen to their stories about childhood or their family, really
made a difference for that person. It was at the nursing home that I discovered
my talent of providing reassurance to people who may be feeling anxious or
confused, and I think this is an important skill to have as a nurse.

In my opinion, nurses
must be reliable, trusting, able to develop relationships, compassionate,
motivated, ambitious and hardworking, all of which are qualities that I
possess. The devotion of nurses who genuinely want to make people as happy and
as comfortable as possible during difficult times is truly inspiring. This is
the main reason why I am immensely inspired to train in this field by giving my
unsurpassed help to those that depend on it.

There are many avenues
within the field of nursing, however, for the past few years, working at
nursing homes, and currently working for hospice, I’ve have developed a desire and
a love working with and for the elderly. Eventually I would like to work as a
hospice nurse, as they play a vital role in supporting and making sure those
that are in their last few moments of life are most comfortable. I genuinely
want to make a difference in people’s lives, and to be able to assist them and
their families through difficult times when they are at their most vulnerable.  Through reading end of day reports that are
sent to my work email from the hospice nurses on the field, I am able to
witness first-hand the relationships that the nurses are able to establish with
their patients and families, and the impact they’re able to make through their
hard work.  

Overall I believe I
would be a great fit for this program. I fully understand that nursing is a
very challenging, and demanding career, and will test my skills and abilities,
but I am certain that I possess the drive and stamina needed to meet the
challenge of your curriculum and the nursing profession itself. As I look back
on these years, I am able to feel a sense of pride, not only at the things that
I have accomplished, but all that I will accomplish in the future. I have overcome
many adversities, and always try my best to do my best despite the situation. I
am very enthusiastic about what is in store for me this coming year, and quite
excited to eventually begin studying a subject I am most passionate about. I
believe choosing nursing will help me fulfill my ambition of supporting and
treating those in need. I cannot wait to take the next steps to achieving my
dream, and I am more than ready to embark on this journey. I hope I am granted
the opportunity to continue my studies at Felician University as I believe this
program would open up a multitude of opportunities for me in the future. I look
forward to the social and academic challenges that I may face if accepted to
this program, and I am confident that I will eventually achieve my goal of
becoming a successful nurse.

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