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People consider me as a caring, patient, friendly, and responsible person. I am very energetic; whenever I start working on something I never want to give up. I have a passion for becoming a nurse since I enjoy helping people around me. I get along with others very well, which make me always being cooperative with my co-workers and work with them toward a share goal. I graduated from Highline Community College last year with honor degree. Even though I already obtained my AA degree in Pre-Nursing, gaining my knowledge in the medical field is not enough for me. I want to gain more clinical patient experience and help people with all my heart. In order to strengthen my clinical experience, I also took the CNA class at Blossom Nursing Assistant Training School while studying at HCC and received the CNA license. Currently, I’m working at Stafford Suites Senior Assisted Living Apartments.

I’m very excited about taking a CNA job here, where I can have an opportunity to work with people, especially the elderlies, who need nursing assistant’s help from basic hygiene care. I take very good care of the elderlies and make them feel like home. People here like me a lot and make me feel as if I am one of their family members. In order to further my education, I’m working my way up to earn my 4-year degree in BSN. I hope that I will become a helpful nurse in the future.

What are you greatest strengths and weakness/what do you friend say about you? My strengths are I’m very patient, calm, determined, friendly and a hard worker. For example, when I went on training at Auburn Nursing Home, the elders there really like me because I knew what I was doing. The elders said I took very good care of them and didn’t get angry even when they were in bad moods. I am also a fast learner and willing to learn new things. As for my weakness, I am a shy person. However, I know I could overcome that weakness as I interact with more patients while going through training in nursing school.

Why would you choose nursing school or what motivate you to go for nursing? One of the reasons that motivate me to pursue my dream career of becoming a nurse involves my country, Vietnam, where I was born and lived for 17 years. Vietnam has the poor access to public health care services. Most healthcare services are only available for those who have money. As for those who are poor, they could not afford paying medical expenses and some of them have to give up their lives to avoid putting a burden on their families. For example, my best friend’s grandma, refused to go to a nursing home due to the high medical costs. Without medical services, my friend’s grandma became very ill and passed away.

I felt very sorry for her. From my friend’s story, I feel it is necessary for me to study about healthcare. Also, my parents always motivate me to go for nursing school so that in the future I could help people in my family, especially when my grandparents are unable to take care of themselves. Other reasons why I want to become a nurse is I have family members who are disabled. One of my distant uncles is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and another relative had a stroke. They really need someone to take care of them and I hope I am able to help them after I become a nurse. (They are now getting better by the assistance from professional nurses. Those skillful nurses motivated me to become a good nurse in the future since I have strong compassion and a desire to help people. There are a lot of people needs someone to take care of them and I hope I am able to help them with all my knowledge and skills.)

Tell me about your working experiences During the time I work at Stafford Suites Senior Assisted Living Apartments, I have an opportunity to help people from basic care including hygiene care and dressing. Even though some works are considered as dirty works, I don’t hesitate to do the job such as bathing, cleaning BM (bowel movement), or vomit because I understand that those elderlies need my help. From doing a simple thing but means a lot to other people, I can see myself becoming a useful person. CNA training gave me many working experiences such as being gentle when helping people with hygiene care in order to make them feel comfortable and safe when I assist them. I believe that experience will build confidence. I remember the first time when I was on training at Nursing Homes, I felt like an alien being preoccupied with a strange world. I couldn’t even doing a simple task such as bathing the residents. I got used to it soon after a few days working with residents.

The more I work with residents at Nursing Homes, the more confident I feel when performing CNAs tasks. With experience, all the equipment in nursing homes won’t be so foreign anymore. I know how to take a blood pressure, bathe and feed residents, help them walk and even talk to residents who feel alone. CNAs job is not easy. CNAs get to interact with patients, often more than the nurse does. I acknowledge this CNA job can train me to become a better, helpful nurse in the future. Besides working at Stafford suites, I also enjoy volunteering at Highline Medical Center. I always want to keep my life busy with patients and residents as well as preparing myself for a future career. I watched a nurse conducting a patient assessment and witness a nurse giving a resident treatment. I’ve learned how to communicate and interact with patients such as irritable elderlies. From helping the elderlies, I’ve realized it is very important to be patient with the elders because they tend to get angry very easily when they don’t feel well. I feel that with my solid experience as a CNAs will give me more confident to perform delegated nursing tasks when I become a nurse.

Why would you choose WSU or for nursing in Spokane?
I heard a lot of good things about the nursing program at WSU from other nurses who graduated from there including my auntie’ friends, Teresa Nguyen and Diep Nguyen. I’ve also done couple researches about the school and found many good ratings on WSU such as they have great counseling and supporting systems for students. In addition, I also learned from my auntie’s friends, there are good training hospital around the Spokane area such as Sacred Heart Medical Center and Deaconess Hospital. Moreover, WSU also have some good Graduate programs: nursing practitioner, master degree, or further education after BSN

What make you better than those who are also applying /What make you different from other candidate: Nursing has always been my dream career ever since I was in Vietnam due to my passion for helping others and my interest in Biology. Every time I help someone with something such as assisting my disable uncle with his wheelchair, I feel great inside. In school, I received good grades in every science courses that I took and graduated with honor in high school and college. Since I came to America as a teenager, I had to study twice as hard to learn English including the medical terms and work my way up until now.

However, I never give up with my studies. Due to my hard work, I have received several awards and scholarships. For example, I received the Rotary Club of Kent Scholarship and Highline Foundation Scholarship I feel that I could reach my goal of becoming a nurse if I try my very best. Therefore, with my strong determination of become a nurse, I am confident that I can be a good nurse if you have the education at this school.

I like to exercise. It relieves stress and makes me feel good about myself. I feel like if I just do something like watch TV, it is just a waste of my time and I get more stressed. Exercise helps my body and my head. All those obsessive thought will quiet down to a dull roar so that I can think again. A good exercise can give me energy and make me feel more relaxed. Sometimes, I like to visit my friends. They make me laugh and laughing really keep me sane. They make me laugh to keep me calm and they will tell me: it’s okay to hate parts of it because you know that they are some parts that you love and you have come so far and worked so hard. When someone knows you really well, they see what you go through in school and can be that third party who looks in and reminds you how fair you’ve come when you cannot see it.

I get along with everyone. The only people I have trouble with are those who are not team players, who just don’t perform, who complain constantly, and who fail to response to any efforts to motivate them

I would ask you what it was that you didn’t like. Where do you feel the problems were? If your response led me to conclude what I had miscommunicated with you, I would try to make myself clear. If however, you identified a deeper difficulty, I would ask your advice on how to correct it. Certainly, I don’t relish being told that I had failed in some way. But even failure is valuable as a learning experience.

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