Samples of My Work for the Masters of Science Degree in Nursing, MSN

Sample 1st Paragraph MSN Application

Currently a sophomore at the University of XXXX, by the end of this coming Spring semester I will have all of the prerequisites complete to enter your program, as well as elective study in several areas related to nursing. I have also been shadowing a surgical nurse here in XXXX in order to gain a better understanding of daily hospital and especially nursing procedures. I hope to distinguish myself in your program as a student with a great passion for learning about and addressing the issue of nursing care for the underserved in my community. Here in XXXX, as in many other parts of the country, the Hispanic population is growing rapidly, mostly through immigration. I look forward to many decades of service in the future reaching out to this community in particular, which is the primary reason why I have made the great investment of becoming very close to fluent in conversational Spanish.

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Vietnamese Nurse, Master's Degree

I decided to become a nurse because of the profound impact made on me by the nurses who cared for my grandfather in the hospital. Several years after immigrating with my family to the USA from Vietnam, my grandfather was rushed to the hospital with end stage appendicitis. My English being by far the best of anyone in my family, I found myself immediately called upon to translate an avalanche of medical terms to my frightened and anxious family. When the doctors came into the waiting room and said that my grandfather was now in a medically induced coma, I was at a loss for words. Noticing my shock and the anguish written on my face, one nurse, in particular, took it upon herself to comfort and support me, helping me to better understand what was happening to my grandfather so that I could convey the information clearly to my family. My grandfather remained in a coma for three days and faced a long recovery, but the nurse was always there to provide clarity and comfort during the most difficult moments. Her kindness inspired me to become a nurse; I will always strive to follow her example of compassion. My grandfather was always a champion of me pursuing a career in nursing.

Immigrating to the USA from Vietnam at the age of 19 was the most significant single event in my life. Adjustment during my first years of college was difficult; but the love and support that I received from my family helped me to meet the practical challenges. When I was struggling in organic chemistry, my grandfather would encourage me and tell me to fight on until I reached my goal. That persistence not only earned me an A, but it also resulted in my being given a position working in an organic chemistry laboratory. For three years in the laboratory, I mastered tools, techniques, and ideas that would have terrified and confused me just a few semesters before. My research experience helped me to become much more knowledgeable about drug discovery, synthesis, and evaluation, particularly with respect to new chemicals to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. I have become familiar with many facets of the health care community and have become proficient in basic scientific technique and practice.

I see the heart of nursing as forming a human connection with each patient, so that they can feel safe, informed, and cared for. I want to be a nurse because I love patient-centered care, and I live for bringing comfort and reassurance to the patient who needs it most and when they most need it. Recently, I was able to provide that reassurance to a patient who had survived cancer by having a mastectomy. I was preparing to perform an electrocardiogram when she began to apologize for her “ugly” breast with tears in her eyes. My response was sheer empathy just like the nurse in my grandfather’s waiting room, something that I have now intentionally and assiduously cultivated in a thousand small ways over the course of the last couple of years. Seeing life coming into her eyes as she realized that she was safe, valued, and cared for, gives so much inspiration as I prepare for my graduate education in nursing. My years of study as a Chemistry major and work in the medical community along with observing especially compassionate and intelligent nurses, gives me the confidence that I will be able to excel in your program.

Humility and hard work are my greatest strengths, especially when combined with compassion and a love for the weak, unfortunate, and downtrodden. As a woman who is not just of Vietnamese origin, but someone ‘from’ Vietnam, coming here at the age of 19, I am able to relate especially well to those patients who were also born and raised in a foreign land. I am convinced that this helps me to gain the confidence of many of my patients, especially but not exclusively Asians. I love California and cannot imagine living anywhere else, especially because of the rapidly increasing population of Vietnamese immigrants. I feel called to help other Vietnamese immigrants, in particular, as a volunteer, because of the cultural and linguistic bonds we share.

I hope to bring extensive experience as well as enthusiasm to your MSN Program at XXXX University (XXU), since I have been working in the medical field for several years as a certified medical assistant (CMA). I have also volunteered extensively in nursing homes, hospitals, and research labs helping me to see the complexity of nursing issues from a variety of different perspectives, preventive, holistic, etc. I very much enjoy getting to know my patients well beyond their diagnosis. I want to know their history, stories, and the difficulties they encounter, challenges, complications, not just the disease in question.

Since 2016, my volunteer service as a California Heart Associate at the XXXX Memorial Hospital has inspired me with confidence in my technical abilities operating sophisticated diagnostic and monitoring equipment. As an immigrant myself, I am especially passionate about providing care to populations that are all too often ignored or poorly served by the healthcare system, particularly as a result of language barriers and/or socioeconomic status. I am acutely aware of the difficulties that non-English speaking immigrants face in America and I believe that my training at XXU will empower me to give my very best to all of my patients and to someday progress to the point where I might share in the training new generations of nurses.

I thank you for considering my application to Nursing at XXXX University.

Sample 1st Paragraph MSN Palliative Care, Children, Cancer

When I was a much younger woman at the beginning of my nursing career, I thought that there is nothing as sad as a child dying, and I would see it all too often at my hospital, particularly the agonizing, frequently drawn out nature of a child losing the battle against cancer; and I still feel that way. But now, as a nurse with many years experience, an RN since 2006, and currently finishing up my BSN with a GPA of 3.8, I have much more courage to face and deal with sadness than I had before. In fact, if accepted to your distinguished MSN Program at XXXX University, I will focus as much as I can on the area of palliative care, especially pediatric palliative care.

Sample 1st Paragraph Master's Degree in Nursing Admission Application

XXXX University is my first choice to earn my Master’s Degree in Nursing because of the opportunity it provides AND/RN applicants to earn their MSN without requiring the BSN as a prerequisite. I also very much appreciate your mission to provide educational and career advancement at a financially responsible price. Nursing education itself is the area that I intend to pursue as my own avenue of special interest and I look forward to continuing my studies towards the goal of one day teaching nursing in a university or community college. 

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Nurses who hold a master’s degree are sure to have exciting futures. Graduates have good reason to be optimistic. The healthcare field is in need of nurses, plain and simple. The demand for skilled professionals is on the rise due to a large percentage of the nursing population approaching retirement age. The government predicts that by 2020 the registered nurse shortage will be at 800,000 positions. A shortfall of that size would be significant in any industry, but it is especially alarming in the medical field. Hospitals, clinics, and other health centers need qualified staff to provide needed care.