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FNP, Holistic Philosophy, Lupus

May 23, 2017

I write the following in support of my application to your distinguished MSN/FNP Program at the University of XXXX. Fully dedicated to lifelong learning, I look forward to several decades of contributing as a nurse to research projects focused on underserved families. I am attracted to and feel called as a nurse and a health care professional to serve in the care of all of our most vulnerable members of society, of all age groups. This is why I look forward to spending the balance of my professional lifetime serving as a Family Nurse Practitioner with a holistic philosophy of health care that highlights the value of treating patients in reference to their unique family circumstances, issues, challenges, and resources.

The University of XXXX is my first choice among MSN Programs for a variety of reasons, especially the strength of your program and its cutting edge, online format that will allow me to do my clinical practice in my own community. Earning my MSN at the University of XXXX will help me to thoroughly explore my options as I make progress towards my degree, followed by FNP Certification. I also very much appreciate the presence on your campus of the Center for Aging with Dignity and the “SAFE After 60” Program.

My family left Poland when I was a child, moved to Greece for two years, and then permanently immigrated to the USA.  While I learned Greek and was doing well in school in this language by the time we left for America, since then I have forgotten it. Money was always the central issue in my family. Both my parents worked two jobs in a successful quest to give us a better life. Coming to America with my parents’ life savings of 3,000 dollars, we were able to buy our first car after 6 months and our first house after 2 years. Because of the fact that my parents were always at work and never around, I learned to be independent very quickly and help out any way that I could. I have always been very responsible and reliable.

I myself have a chronic illness, lupus. I learned the hard way, how important it is to stay on top of things and prevent flare ups rather than treating them after the fact. Health promotion and maintenance is very central to my own survival and well being and that of my children, so I am especially enthused about preventive medical and nursing best practices. When we first arrived from Greece, we were very poor and could not afford health care. My parents would drive me to a free clinic on the other side of Chicago, to wait in line for 3 hours so as to be seen for 5 minutes. It was the only choice we had and it was very scary. The "free" clinics were severely understaffed and there were very few of them. Even after we got insurance, we went very infrequently due to high deductibles. All of this contributed to the fact that I was not properly diagnosed until I began working as a nurse myself. Many symptoms and milder flare ups that I went through were attributed to my being a teenager: lazy and tired - none of which was true. It wasn't until I had a major life threatening flare up and ended up in a hospital for 4 days that they finally came to a proper diagnosis. This experience, in particular, keeps me fired up to provide proper care every day that I have the privilege of giving my all as a nurse. My aunt in Poland was my first major inspiration for a career in nursing since I have extremely fond memories of watching her caring for her patients at her hospital. I adored my aunt and the tender way that she cared for her patients. The doctor came and went but it was my aunt who stayed and listened to the patients and was their advocate. I used to visit her all the time, especially because my grandma was always sick and a patient in her hospital.

I love the diversity of America, Chicago in particular, especially the vast Latino immigrant population. I am currently learning Spanish along with my 6-year-old son in school and I am thrilled to be doing so because this is the language of so many of the underserved, both here in the USA and in Latin America. By the time that my son is in college, I hope to devote more and more of my own time to participation in medical missions. I now have vast experience working as a nurse alongside Dr. XXXX, a plastic surgeon who treats patients with congenital defects as well as those who have suffered from accidents. It is horrible to think of a child badly burned, by turning over boiling water on the stove, for example, without adequate medical care available, which is often the case in Latin America. This situation moves me greatly and I hope to spend much of the later years of my professional lifetime abroad, taking care of those who have no one else to care for them, those who are most in need of my help. I thank you for your consideration of my application to the University of XXXX.

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