If you are attempting to write a nursing school essay, this will help. My undergraduate nursing essay for the University of Texas in Austin is HERE (the comment section has great tips) and my New York University graduate school nursing application essay is below.
Both UT and NYU are amazing schools and provided me with enriching experiences. It is my hope that by publishing my application essays, you may better understand what admission boards are looking for. The following essay was submitted for admission to the full-time Adult and Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurse, Master’s of Science Degree program at NYU for the Fall of 2013.
Yeah, it is a little cheesy, but it’s all true and it worked. So well, in fact, that NYU gave me a financial scholarship because of it. I’ve used asterisks for privacy, but otherwise, it has not been edited.
June, 2013 PERSONAL STATEMENT by Gail Ingram, RN:
Nursing is More Than a Job—It’s a Relationship
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.
My nursing relationship began after a successful yet uninspired career in fashion and media production. As the first person in my family to attend college and self-fund it, I am especially proud to have graduated cum laude from the University of Texas with a BSN in December 2004. In school I maintained a 3.69 GPA in my major, received scholarships and awards, worked as a nurse’s aide, volunteered in the community, and participated in student associations. My first staff position was in a busy ICU Step-down Unit in Seattle, WA. I participated in a 10-week regional critical care consortium and welcomed leadership roles as a charge nurse, code first responder, preceptor to nursing students, and Pressure Ulcer Prevention Unit Educator.
I was looking for a greater challenge when I came to New York City in the spring of 2007. As a travel nurse I completed contracts at Mt. Sinai, New York-Presbyterian Columbia and Cornell, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, Beth Israel, Terrance Cardinal Cook medical and dental clinics, and Southampton Hospital. In addition to my charge nurse and preceptor roles, I served as a consultant for Southampton Hospital in 2009 to create and implement a nurse retention plan for summer staffing. In early 2010, I began private duty nursing in Manhattan and discovered the need for a service that offers more than a typical staffing agency can provide.
With improved patient care as my motivation, I began attending classes and workshops through the Small Business Administration at Baruch College. I founded Nightingale Wellness, LLC in 2010 to provide patient advocacy, case management and medical stewardship for clients in Manhattan. In a tight-knit word-of-mouth community, reputation is my best asset. I have a growing client base which includes the New York State Court System/*** which protects victims of elder abuse, ***, *** at the ***, and a world famous *** to name a few. Transitioning Nightingale Wellness into a private practice after becoming a nurse practitioner seems natural.
I also started a blog, NurseGail.com, in order for clients and their families to become better acquainted with me. My writing focuses on healthcare and wellness and receives more than *** hits per day without promotion. Readership has grown organically, the site is *** and is ***. My effort to establish transparency with clients and their families is developing into something much larger—ideally transitioning into a syndicated health-related column after I continue my education at NYU.
I have appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, as a guest on Good Day New York, and on ABC 7 Eyewitness News with Dr. Jay Adlersberg. Dr. Jay Adlersberg has encouraged me to draw upon my past career in modeling and on-set production to become the first nurse health correspondent. He and I agree that it makes sense for nurses to deliver health-related information in the media. The public wants information from reliable, honest and ethical sources and nursing has ranked the most honest and ethical profession in 13 out of 14 annual Gallop Poll surveys. After bolstering my education and credentials at NYU, filling the vacancy in television is something that I would consider. Teaching is one of my favorite aspects of nursing and I could reach a much broader audience using this forum.
However, I want to be clear, I am not focused on self-promotion. I am interested in health promotion; health promotion through my business, my writing and the media. A graduate nursing degree from NYU combined with my business acumen and previous career experience will give me the confidence and credibility to advance in all of these areas.
Equally important, while promoting health, I am also promoting the profession of nursing. As the number of nurse-owned businesses grows, so does the scope of possibility for potential nursing students and new nurses. Furthermore, nurse practitioners are becoming the doctors of tomorrow in the midst of a general physician shortage. They are taking over many of the functions of MDs and this will lend more respect to nursing. Also, astute, savvy and poised nurses in the media will begin to eliminate old stereotypes.
I have an established record of excellence and will continue to challenge myself at New York University. The process of further education will profoundly impact my life as a nurse practitioner and I will make a significant contribution to my patients, my family, the community, and to the profession. I am fortunate to have a solid foundation from which to build and a promising future doing something that I love. I am truly grateful for my relationship with nursing and the opportunity to grow within it.
Since writing my graduate nursing school essay and being accepted to New York University, I started the first health column in any NYU publication (NYUlocal.com–the student blog), changed the format of NurseGail.com to become a reliable source for on-line health information, brought together a team of nurses who empower and promote one another, altered the way public health education is delivered, met with TV producers, was featured on the RNFM Radio Show, and won an NYU President’s Service Award for innovation and leadership. NYU was the springboard for many of these accomplishments and I am graduating in May 2015 with no regrets. My program is ranked #2 in the U.S. and I’m proud to have been a part of it.
Gail Ingram and NYU President John Sexton
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