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African-American DNP, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, US South

Updated: May 11

The University of XXXX is close to home in XXXX, XX and it is ranked number 3 among DNP Programs in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in the United States. Most of all, however, I feel strongly that I want to earn my DNP Degree in my own part of the country, specifically the Carolinas because, at the same time that I learn to think globally and creatively in your program, I want to do research on the local level, investigating nursing issues in the context of the challenges that we face here in XXXX County North Carolina, particularly in the black community. Furthermore, the fact that the University of XXXX offers courses online will enable me to give my all as a student at the same time that I continue to fulfill my duties as a nurse.

I look forward to doing research and writing about public health problems and nursing issues in the context of my own part of the country. XXXX County North Carolina has always been my home and probably always will be my permanent address. I love my region of the country very much despite the many challenges that are present in health care, especially when one looks specifically at the African-American community. Being a member of the African-American community myself is of fundamental importance to how and why I feel called to serve as a DNP professional, since I feel strongly that it is important for black nurses to assume increasing levels of responsibility in nursing so as to serve as role models to the African-American community.

I have now been working as a full time Nurse’s Assistant at XXXX's Family Care Home, an assisted living facility, since I graduated from HS. My patients, mostly African-Americas with chronic mental health and substance abuse issues are the sustenance of my daily joy and have been the focus of my studies as an undergraduate student in nursing. I am m a nurturer by nature and I could not possibly love my calling more, helping patients to overcome addiction, get clean, stay clean, and comply with the law so that they do not just repeat the cycle. I have already helped a lot of young men stay out of jail or avoid returning there. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I like to try and calculate how much jail time the intense efforts that I have made over the years have resulted in the avoidance of jail sentences, often quite lengthy. If accepted in to your competitive program at UXX and awarded the opportunity to give my all to your program, I hope to help many hundreds if not thousands more avoid jail time. I already have several important success stories to brag about. One patient that I worked with thought that the purpose of marijuana and street drugs was to correct his mental health issues. Once he had made progress in therapy and stayed faithful to his regime of antipsychotic medication, he came to see that there was much more to life than getting stoned and he is now leading discussion groups with other addicts struggling to stay clean.

I want to be an advocate for my patients first and foremost, and a contributor to progressive chances in both policy and attitude that will help to avoid disgraceful instances of injustice and mistreatment that are all too often racist in character. In one recent case in New York, September of 2015, Kamilah Brock, a young black woman driving a BMW in Harlem, was forcibly committed to the mental health unit of a hospital because police suspected that she was not the legal owner of the vehicle and was mentally ill because she claimed that she was. The fact that she was forcefully committed against her will for being black and driving her car makes me feel like I am needed as an African-American DNP in America.

I thank you for considering my application to UXX.

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