When I was fourteen years old, my great-grandmother had an ischemic stroke and struggled with Broca’s Aphasia until she passed away seven months later. What she left me with, however, was a gift greater than anything of monetary value: passion for the healthcare field. For months prior to her death, I watched her devote her life to redeeming her expressive language. I was inspired tremendously by her gallantry and decided that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. However, when I was applying to colleges, I chose nursing because it was what my parents suggested I pursue as a career. After coming to college with the anticipation of graduating with a degree in nursing, I was disappointed when, after two years of school, I realized
Arguably, nursing school has been one of my most significant challenges to date. In part, I have been successful because I appreciate the intensity the accelerated nursing program offers, and I pursue additional opportunities to immediately apply my knowledge. In addition to my courseload, I teach CPR to expectant families at Pennsylvania Hospital, work as a clinical researcher at HUP, and volunteer as an EMT for the Narberth Ambulance Company. Further, I seek feedback and advice from mentors and instructors during the program. Finally, my undergraduate career, and particularly some of my more demanding classes like organic chemistry, offered an opportunity to understand strategies that work – or don’t – in learning difficult material, and I apply this knowledge to meet the academic challenges of the program. I want to challenge myself moving forward, as I work towards becoming a leader in primary care.
In my community, I volunteer immensely with the 4-H and FFA youth in Pima County and Arizona. I am a cavy judge at local shows throughout the year, as well as a certified shooting sports leader to teach 4-H members safe shooting techniques with rifles. I was also given the opportunity to volunteer with Future Farmer of America student members through my sorority, Sigma Alpha. I will be volunteering with the Meat Evaluation CDE at the State CDE Day, and have applied to be a Camp Counselor at the Arizona State FFA Camp held at Camp Shadow Pines in Herber, Arizona in June. Volunteering with youth involved in agriculture has allowed me to give back to a community that gave me so much during my youth. 4-H transformed me into the young woman I am
My second goal specifically is to get a position in the human resources department with my current employer within the next six months. Gaining a position in the human resources department puts me one step closer to achieving my long-term goal of becoming a human resource manager. The goal is measurable because I plan to apply to any position I see posted in the human resources department that interest me and align with my professional goals. The goal is attainable because I have access to our job postings website and I plan to check this website for updates at least twice per week. This is a reasonable goal because I sometimes have downtime at work, which would allow me to use that time to search for new postings and even apply. This goal is time-bound because I gave myself a deadline of six months to achieve it. With my updated resume, experience and now my current course of study at Western Governors University, it makes me a desirable candidate for a position in HR.
In this personal statement I will address my plans and aspirations for completing a graduate education. I believe that an adequate college education is a necessity in today’s society. There are numerous resources and opportunities available to those who choose to seek a college education. I am committed to continuing my education to achieve my career goal of becoming a family nurse practitioner. Several members of my family are in the healthcare field, as both doctors and nurses. I have had the privilege of growing up observing and learning about the field from a private practice perspective. From this, I developed my interest in the healthcare field and decided that I wanted to become a part of the healthcare field. I want to be able to make a difference in the world and in people’s lives. I have often heard about there being a nursing shortage and the need for more practicing nurses and advance practicing nurses. After researching and evaluating the different roles and job opportunities in healthcare, I determined that nursing is the specific area that is the best fit for me. By pursing my career goal to become a family nurse practitioner, I could make a difference in the world and people’s lives as well as help fill the need for nurses.
When my sister came to me yelling as loud as her voice could hold, about how she dropped out of college and abandoned her goal of pursuing a nursing degree, my heart stopped immediately. With her eyes watering and her hands shaking, I knew that she was overwhelmed with stress. At that moment, I instantly realized that my interest in the health care field needed to become a reality. It challenged me to step into a career where others assume that dreams in the nursing field for minority students is impossible. Getting up every morning as a PEOPLE scholar in the summer, feeling as if I were still in school, I was living my dream as a health care manager with an internship in the health care field. I was learning about different strategies to promote professionalism, preparing for CNA classes, and learning exactly what will be expected of me when pursuing a career in
My career goal is to become a Recreational Therapist. Recreational therapist typical help those with disabilities, illnesses, or injuries, whether children or adults. Through recreation-based treatment programs they help maintain or improve a patient’s physical, social, and emotional well-being. According to the bereu of labor statistics employment of recreational therapists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
I grow both personally and professionally through my relationship with nursing. Unlike many other careers, the growth is reciprocal. Nursing gives me the freedom to venture into uncharted territory and in turn, nursing’s boundaries expand. As the field of nursing develops and strengthens in new areas, unique and rewarding opportunities become available to me. While I achieve a Master’s of Science in Adult Primary Care from New York University the profession of nursing will, in return, be rewarded with a valuable contributor.
I am currently working on earning APE in mechanical engineering at SLCC. After earning an APE, I will transfer to the University of Utah to earn B.S. in mechanical engineering. Afterward, I will work on getting an MBA. I want to be a licensed mechanical engineer in every state, and I will work day and night to have a good reputation and make my name known so I can start my own engineering firm one day. I am pursuing this path because I want to gain the practical experience that I can use in pursuing my ultimate career goal, which is earning Ph.D. to teach people and do research. I want to help, support, and prepare students to do better in their careers. Ever since I was a kid, I was the child who wanted to know more, the child that keeps asking
Since I was a high school student I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career that was going to give me the opportunity to help others, because when I was in high school I went to therapy for about a year and this had a tremendous impact on my life. My therapist was a blessing for me, she helped me a lot during my teenager stage, and thanks to her I always knew I wanted to help other the same way she helped me. For my undergrad studies I decided to get my BA in psychology and Sociology; but I always knew that I wanted to work with children. When it was time to apply for graduate school I decided to apply to master program in social work; because I knew social workers also work in the school system. After my first year of graduate school as a social worker student, I came to the conclusion that if I really wanted to work in a school setting, school counselor was the best career choice that was going to give me the opportunity to work with
My nursing career began in 1980. Armed with a BSN, my early career was spent as a staff nurse on the medical-surgical units of two, large teaching hospitals in Boston. When my knowledge, skill, and confidence grew, I then became the nurse manager of an in-patient unit of the health service of a large, prestigious university. In addition to direct patient care, I had leadership and administrative roles as well as mentoring new nurses. I later transitioned into the role of Occupational Health nurse at a small community hospital. My duties included screening prospective employees, safety and health education, as well as follow-up of work-related injuries. After a brief hiatus from nursing, I became a home care and hospice nurse. It was then that I discovered what I enjoyed most about nursing was the hands on, caring connection I made with my patients. Based on my diverse experiences and love of nursing, I wanted to share my knowledge and skills with those wanting to pursue nursing. I have been a PN nurse educator for the past nine years. My long-term goal is to remain in academic nursing education, moving to an ADN program. In doing so, I must take the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2010), for nurses to achieve higher levels of education. As a master’s prepared nurse, I will be equipped with the knowledge and skill necessary to educate the future nursing workforce.
There will always be something that will get in the way of achieving any kind of goal that you may have. Whether it be an academic goal, a career goal, or a family goal that you want to achieve, you need to be prepared for what may happen. To be prepared, you need to have objectives that you must achieve first, in order to achieve the overall goal. For each objective, you need to think of any barriers that may hold you back in the process. For each barrier, you need to come up with a plan that will help overcome each barrier. This may be a long process, but in the end, it will help you tremendously.
Currently, there are many types of goals I have for myself that are important to my career. Of the first, I want to stay here at University of Saint Francis and get my Bachelors in Science of Nursing. I’ve transferred to and from many colleges since being out of high school and I think I’ve finally found my home at USF. This degree would help me obtain a job that is something I enjoy doing rather than something I’m forced to do. Secondly, I would love to be on the Dean’s List every semester. I’m not quite sure how this fits in with my career other than it would be something I can say I did while getting my degree. Lastly, I plan on sticking with my job at the nursing home in hopes that someday I can use that as resume builder and gain extra knowledge in things I wouldn’t normally be able to access in a classroom. Who knows, this might lead to further advancement and even promotion!