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Scholarship Essay

The founding philosopher of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, once said, “Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion”. I believe no such truer words have ever been uttered and, to me, nursing is a lifestyle dedicated to refining abilities that result in the greatest care one is able to provide to any patient in such need. As a youth, I instinctively knew I was destined for a life of caring for others as I observed the passion for nursing and the rewards that followed from the generations that came before me. My grandmother was a nurse’s aide, my mother is a Registered Nurse, and now I have vowed to carry on this legacy. Nursing is what I was meant to do. As others have inspired my own pursuit of this profession, I hope and intend to encourage future generations to do the same with the understanding that the patient is who counts.

By achieving an MSN with a specialization in Health Care Systems Management, I believe the benefits are numerous. The MSN will allow me to further develop my leadership abilities with a specific desire to foster, at all times, a positive and collegiate environment with those both superior to and subordinate to my position. I strongly desire to move my career path in an administrative direction with the ultimate goal of becoming a Director of Nursing. At Loyola, the belief is that every nurse is a leader, which is a shared principle of my own as I intend to lead and guide others in an effort to alleviate the apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, or fear of surprise in this profession, in order to better serve the patients I have dedicated my life to caring for. With the knowledge I have obtained through the generations before me, accompanied by the rigors of the Loyola MSN curriculum, I aim to lead by way of example. With that, my leadership model shall be furthered by garnishing the respect of others through my guidance and understanding of the task at hand, and my passion for the profession, ultimately resulting in unparalleled care for the patient.