I am Henrietta Okoro, a Catholic nun (Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus) from Nigeria, Africa. I was sent to the United States of America on mission and to better my education.
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I am writing this letter of intent to express my interest in the scholarship for the MSN-HCSM program through Loyola University New Orleans. I have been aspiring to be part of Loyola University's Graduate School of Nursing as a student for a long time now since I am aware that Loyola University strives to provide the best clinical practice, education, and research for the students and community.
It would be an honor and a proud achievement on both a personal and professional level to earn the Master of Science in Nursing from Loyola University New Orleans. As a single parent I have had to place my desire to continue my nursing education aside for other obligations. To further my nursing education and to have a degree from Loyola would open new doors for me and allow me to further contribute in a variety of professional pathways.
When people ask me what nursing means to me, I have to stop and reflect on the last 33 years where nursing played a part in not only my professional but also my personal life. Nursing is not only my career, but part of who I am and who I strive to be. A nurse has to be able to care for people, not just with clinical skills but also with compassion and respect, and work each day with the highest level of honesty and integrity.
During my first nursing course, the professor assigned my class the task of writing our personal goals for the RN program. We were directed to explain how these goals might relate to our current life experiences and how we hoped to be remembered related to the impact we would have as nurses upon the lives of others. At that time, the words directly reflected my hopes and experiences resulting from my 30 years of caring for children. These sentiments continue to be consistent with my current aspirations.
I am proud to say that I am an "unofficial" ambassador for the nursing profession. Everywhere I go I am excited to talk about it to young people who are still contemplating on what career path to take and even to other professionals who are at a "crossroad" in their life. I tell people how nursing has evolved over the years and how it is not just confined to bedside care anymore. And they are amazed when I tell them that nursing has branched out to other disciplines and settings like research, home health, case management, education, informatics and leadership.
Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to either work in the medical field or be a teacher. I later learned that I could do both by becoming a nurse. When I think of nursing, I see someone who is a patient advocate and the foundation of the medical field. Maya Angelou stated, "As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They forget your name but they will never forget how you made them feel".
Nursing is the ability to care for another human being after listening to their words, observing their body language, reading their facial expressions, and combining a systemic objective nursing assessment to help meet their needs. People inherently have confidence in me because I am a nurse, and I am privileged and entrusted with their concerns and issues. Nursing means that I am accountable and responsible to support their needs and promote their physical, mental, and spiritual health. Earning an MSN would be the culmination of a dream and a life-long ambition.
The field of nursing captivates and provides me with a unique setting that engages my compassion, therapeutic communication, and critical thinking skills. I am grateful that I am part of a profession that fuels my desire to be a life-learner and also one that provides an endless set of challenges requiring a proficiency in problem solving. This profession lets me put forth my best individual effort while being a valued team member working toward common goals. My ultimate objective is to bring quality care and services to a diverse community.
I was extremely fortunate to discover Loyola's program while at the Magnet conference last year. I thought I would have to head toward an MBA with a healthcare focus; but, it just did not " feel" right, and I was not eager to pursue this path.
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“I was drawn to Loyola because of the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, which emphasizes the formation of the unique person in his or her entirety. The experience of working and learning with students in their development as nursing leaders is most rewarding.”