It has always been my passion for pursuing nursing as my career since I was little, and I chose to replicate my childhood aspirations at the university. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in the Philippines, my native country. After graduating, I came to the U.S. where I started working closely with the elderly in an assisted living facility in Oregon, before moving to California. Also, I was also a nurse volunteer at Operation Nightwatch, an organization whose objective was helping homeless people. I applied my education and experience, along with my critical thinking skills in the organization, which will be essential in my nursing career.
As pointed earlier, nursing has been my dream career since I was a child. For instance, when I was six, there was nobody who could watch me after school but my grandmother who always brought me to work at a small hospital where she worked as a cook. I accompanied her as she passed food trays to the patients, and thus, I was used to seeing people suffering from various ailments. I wanted to help, but then, I was just a little kid; however, as I grew older, I realized that I could help if I became a nurse, and therefore, nursing became my dream career.
As such, I chose the BSN program to continue what I had started back in the Philippines. I chose the American University of Health Sciences because it is in line with my values. As it is a Christian-based and minority-serving university, it welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, and thus, being a Pilipino, I feel welcomed in the institution. In addition, the institutions mission clearly stipulates that it strive to offer exceptional quality patient-centred care, an academic environment that promotes diversity, excellence, and supports the personal development, as well as supporting and valuing research, teaching/learning, scholarship, and services. For this reason, I believe that the university will provide a conducive learning environment that promotes critical, intellectual, and analytical thinking abilities, as well as evidence-based knowledge, which is all essential in becoming a competent nurse. Besides, the goals of the institution are based on Christian values, social responsibility, critical thinking, cultural competence, and academic excellence, and thereby, I believe that it will facilitate effective progression of my nursing career by instilling relevant knowledge.
In addition, joining the university will help me fulfill my short-term and long-term goals. My short term goal is passing the Obstetrical and Medical-Surgical subjects, and subsequently get my California Registered Nurse (RN) license. After accomplishing my short term goals, I also hope to work on medical-surgical departments, where I can polish my skills as a nurse. My long-term goals are also inclined towards advancing my nursing career. In fact, I will focus on getting my Masters Degree in Nursing, and particularly, I will specialize in gerontology. I believe the American University of Health Sciences will be a crucial platform for strengthening my career as a nurse and thereby enable me to achieve my short-term and long-term goals. As such, I look forward to joining the institution.
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