Practice/Experience/Leadership: Out of my 16.5 years of nursing experience, I now have 14 years of progressive leadership experience in team development, staff retention programs and the maintenance, operation, and enhancement of patient services. I also earned my BSN (2006) and MSN (with a focus in Nursing Leadership and Management -2012) at the University of XXXX, providing me with some of the finest academic preparation in the world for embarking on doctoral studies in nursing. I hope to continue my education through to the terminal degree in my field at home, in XXXX, where I was born and lived for the first 34 years of my life. It is my hope that my roots in our community will help me to excel in your program. Community service has long been at the top of my agenda and I have distinguished myself as a volunteer the Alzheimer's Association as well as the March of Dimes.
For well over a decade now, I have been instrumental in providing energetic and enthusiastic modes of delivering messages to teams and creatively helping them to work more cohesively as one unit. My areas of special research interest that I have been cultivating for several years now lie in gerontology, nursing education and leadership as well as kidney/liver/pancreas transplants. Finally, my application is strengthened by the fact that I taught at the USI as an Adjunct Faculty in your BSN program for two years before I relocated to my present position in XXXX. Thus, I have been honored to have developed highly rewarding relationships with many members of the faculty over the course of many years.
Practice Area Focus/ DNP: I have recently had the privilege of developing a Capstone Project under the guidance of Dr. XXXX, Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of XXXX. This project reflects one of my central goals as a doctoral student if I am admitted to your program, developing an improved staff orientation program for transplant coordinators and assistants in the Transplant Program at the University of XXXX Medical Center. This program will focus on the development of more efficient organizational systems and more effective leadership, particularly the development of standardized orientations for the Transplant Program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC).
DNP/Career Plans: Earning the DNP in Nursing Practice at the UXX will enable me better utilize evidence-based practice to continue to develop effective work teams that will have an increasingly positive impact on the health care organization that I serve. My immediate goals both during and upon completion of my DNP Degree would be to utilize my program of study to implement a new and improved staff orientation program for transplant coordinators and assistants in the Transplant Program at the University of XXXX Medical Center. At the center of my career plans stand the principle of cultivating high levels of staff satisfaction and retention along with ongoing educational opportunities for all is paramount. Extremely dedicated to lifelong learning, I fully intend to give my all to nursing education until I am no longer able to do so because I see continuing education as central to high levels of satisfaction for nursing staff, which translates into optimal care for our patients. Ultimately, I see myself moving to academia in a leadership role, dedicating my life to helping new generations of nursing students to cultivate the skills and intellect that will empower them to excel at the progressive enhancement of patient care. Later on in my career, I like to picture myself as a gatekeeper for the nursing profession.
DNP/Contribution to Nursing/Health Care: Prior to relocating to XXXX in 2011, my central professional focus was gerontology and adult rehab nursing. I now have a total of 8 years of teaching experience in nursing since I served as an Adjunct Faculty member at XXXX Community College, where I earned my AS Degree in 1997, for six years, as well as 2 years at the University of XXXX. When I relocated to XXXX, I entered the acute side of nursing and have been in hospital leadership since August of 2012. I am also teaching adjunct for a local college here as well, however, since teaching is in my blood and I want to stay actively involved. In fact, I see my future career as a faculty member in a leadership position to be the principal, long term contribution that I make to nursing. The hospital organization that I currently work for, the University of XXXX Medical Center, is a strong advocate for DNP education for its staff. It pleases me greatly to pursue the terminal degree in my field in accordance with the mission and directions of the Medical Center where I serve.
I feel strongly that I am now living through the best moments in my life as a result of my career in nursing and I look forward to much more joy to come; I thrive on the a growing intensity and passion that I have been feeling for my work with each passing year. I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished DNP Program at the University of XXXX.