Thank you in advance for the opportunity to apply for admission to your program. I am a motivated, caring professional in the nursing field and I have powerful goals that push me forward towards a high level of competency and professionalism. My first big step was to become an LPN, and next is my objective to achieve my associate degree in nursing. I am excited at the prospect of obtaining more knowledge, more experience, and more credibility in my chosen field not just for my own career advancement but also that I may better serve patients.
How has the patient care I have provided influenced my career and my decision to continue my education?
I have been working full time as an LPN in a nursing home -- a geriatric setting -- for the past ten years. The experience that an LPN acquires after ten years of full time work is significant and important. I go to work each day with the thought that I will learn more about the people in my care, their needs, their psychological and emotional issues, and their life stories. Older people have some fascinating stories to tell about their lives and their families, and I have learned to become a very good listener because the duties and responsibilities of an LPN in a nursing home go well beyond hands-on healthcare procedures.
An important part of the job I have been doing is human-to-human interaction, getting to know older people and learning about their likes and dislikes, their appetites at certain times of the day, their aches and pains, their emotional needs and their desire to be loved and nurtured. I will delve into the person-to-person experiences a bit later in my essay.
My Licensed Practical Nurse Patient Care Experiences
My essential duties in the healthcare setting have become as familiar to me as turning on the light switch in the morning and pouring a cup of coffee. Aside from my own personal health and well-being (and the well-being of my family and loved ones), my work is the most important part of my day-to-day life. To start my workday after I arrive at the nursing home, I monitor the health of each patient; I check their blood pressure, change bandages, and help them bathe and keep clean clothes available, and keep accurate records on their physical well-being.
I of course report my findings to the RN on duty, and each time I do, I project ahead to the day when I, too, will be a respected RN and LPNs will be reporting to me. The RNs that work with me at the nursing home are very proficient and they conduct themselves with dignity and a calm sense of purpose. I see my future self in their smiles, their laughter, their crisp white apparel, their impeccable clipboard record-keeping and their professionalism.
Other typical duties at the nursing home include following the general therapeutic plan for our facility, logging in to the computer system for in-house communication and instructions, and meeting with the supervising RN to receive an update and review on the previous evening's activities. I also understand that my unspoken duty is to act as a role model for the ancillary staff that is on hand at the nursing home; there are "aides" and other staff on site that do not have the education or experience that I have had, and I can see from their expressions (and I can hear from their questions and conversations with me) that they probably would like to be in my shoes at some time in the future.
Our nursing home has a doctor who specializes in geriatrics; she visits four or five days a week. We also have a general practitioner who comes in on weekends. The doctors meet with the RN on duty and they review the charts and records for all the patients. After the RN and doctor have had their session, specific care instructions are given to me to carry out. One of my key duties is to report any significant changes in patients' mental or physical condition. I am responsible for good medical communication (written and verbalized) to my supervising RN when I detect any significant changes in…