I am first and foremost a fatherñ my wife has been the breadwinner over the past several years and I have taken care of our small children. I am a 36-year-old Indonesian man and an Indonesian-trained medical doctor who has lived in St. Louis for the past ten years. It is frankly shocking and some might see it as tragic that someone with my educational background is applying to an undergraduate program. By 1995, I had finished my studies in my home country as a Medical Doctor. In 2000, I graduated from the University of XXXX with an MPA in Health Administration, and by 2003 I had finished my MBA. I was able to pass the USMLE in 2006. I have not, however, been successful at finding a residency position. I have simply been out of the field for too long. I'm now almost 10 years out-of-practice and not clinically updated and most residency programs have a graduation cut-off of less than 5 years from graduation.
While I clearly qualify to work somewhere in the area of health care administration, the fact that I have been out of the workforce for so long also made it difficult for me to find a position. After further reflection and the realization that I still long very much for the type of hands-on caring of patients that I always looked forward to as a physician, I have decided that I want to become a nurse so that I can use my medical training and my background in public health.
I look forward to the human feeling and touch that comes from dedicating oneself to primary nursing care. I have become reconciled to the simple fact that no one wants to award a residency position in medicine to someone who graduated from medical school 12 years ago. Still, I long for the wonderful feeling that I get when I care for people and am able to help them to live more comfortably. Thus, the dream that I once had of working as a physician has yielded to my plan for a long and highly productive career in nursing.
My children are the special lights of my life and I would not trade these years that I have had with them for anything. Now, however, they are getting bigger and more independent and I miss the world of professional activity. The youngest of my three children is 4 years old and will be starting kindergarten next year at the same time that I hope to start your program. Being a stay-at-home-dad has been a beautiful world; but despite the fact that I am not a materialistic man; the more I think about spending the rest of my life working as a nurse or in nursing administration, the more I like the idea. Becoming a Registered Nurse through my education at the XXXX School will help me to break the job market barrier at the same time that my medical training can be put to very good use.
I look forward to choosing among various stimulating options in the field of nursing once I become a Registered Nurse as a result of your program, such as becoming an LPN, CRNA, Nursing Administrator, Surgical Nurse, or a Research Patient Coordinator in some position where I can take full advantage of my clinical and professional training. I help Habitat for Humanity build houses and for the past year I've been a Sunday school teacher at XXXX Presbyterian in Ballwin. Until this past May, I was a volunteer at the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), helping restock medical supplies and transporting patients. I'm currently volunteering at the Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Division, of the University of XXXX, reviewing patient medical records and charts to build an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patient Database. I was born and raised in a Third World country where the role of the nurse is seen as radically inferior to that of the medical doctor. I have now been here in the US for a decade and I have learned that it is possible for nurses and doctors to partner together as equals in the delivery of quality patient care. Some day, I would like very much to help to foster that kind of understanding of partnership in my native Indonesia. I want to thank you for your consideration of my application.