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DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice, Chief Medical Officer, Quality Assurance

Updated: May 11

Throughout my professional lifetime, I have hoped to at some point have the opportunity to pursue and earn the DNP. I keenly look forward to learning all that I can about evidence-based, practices and patient care. As the Chief Medical Officer of All for Health, Health for All (AFH), a federally qualified health center, I currently oversee the management of 13 clinical locations. I manage clinical operations and ensure that patients receive the highest standard of medical care. I also establish and modify health care standards and protocols for each service described in AFH’s policies, helping to implement several federal initiatives that are especially critical for patient care and safety.

In order to keep the institution that I serve current, certified, and fully in line with FTCA regulations, I implement appropriate policies and procedures to reduce the risk of malpractice or other lawsuits that might arise as a result of our practice of health and/or health-related functions performed at our center. I also have to ensure that my employer’s ongoing health care risk management program is followed to reduce the risk of adverse outcomes that could result in medical malpractice litigation.

While I am adept at multitasking on a variety of projects, I recognize that there are times when I must stop multitasking and focus on one project, such as the FTCA, when faced with a rapidly approaching deadline. My work for AFH demonstrates how I posses the type of character that has focus, determination, integrity, and that I always achieve the professional goal that I set for myself. These qualities will help to sustain me throughout my DNP studies, hopefully at XXXX, and propel me to distinguish myself as a doctoral student in your program.

I aspire to leadership and this comes at a cost. While my aspirations are born from strength and dominate my life, they also take up my time, as well as filling me with a sense of achievement. Probably my greatest weakness is that I am so myopically professional, that I might appear boring to some. My leadership duties include supervising the development, implementation, and operation of our Risk Minimization and Quality Assurance Programs, as well as regularly presenting reports on health and quality assurance matters to the Board, as determined by the CEO. In addition, I supervise and maintain the competency and quality of all clinicians and clinical support services, and participate in the periodic review of practice management functions, such as telephone triage, patient flow, outreach services, laboratory, pharmacy, follow-up on missed appointments, and referral tracking.

Today, one of the biggest challenges we face, is an increasing rate of hospital readmission. We need to develop better guidelines and protocols to avoid patient re-admission. Therefore, I would like to focus my DNP project on this issue. I am also interested in “Improving Provider Adherence to Clinical Guidelines,” “Providing Special Education to Patients on Preventive Screenings,” and the “Negative Effects of Polypharmacy in Elderly Patients.”

By conducting research on methods for decreasing hospital readmission rates, I will be able to make important contributions to keeping health care costs under control and at the same time improving patient outcomes, especially for the elderly. As Chief Medical Officer of a huge Federally Qualified Health Center, I regularly meet with Hospital Administrators and Health Plan Quality Directors, to discuss our common goals on healthcare issues. I see a great deal of opportunity for improvement in facility management, provision of delivered care, and the achievement of successful increasingly successful patient outcomes and I look forward to giving my all for the balance of my professional lifetime, many decades to come of lifelong education.

I chose XXXX for its rigorous curriculum in terms of both brick-and-mortar classroom and online settings. The XXXX School of Nursing has an exceptionally well-qualified faculty, many of whom have earned national and international reputations for excellence. I appreciate, for example, how a full half of faculty members are fellows in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing. In addition, doctoral study at XXXX will prepare me to make important contributions to major improvements in clinical settings, having a positive impact on hospitals in my community: improving the quality of overall patient care. Since my goal is to reduce hospital re-admissions, especially for elderly patients, the doctoral program at XXXX will provide me with the optimal platform for continuing to enhance my management, organizational, and clinical skills.

I hold monthly Quality Improvement meetings, as well as quarterly meetings, with providers, and quality and compliance meetings with the Board. Furthermore, I also advocate on behalf of AFH and serve as a liaison to local and state professional societies, health officials, organizations, and health training institutions.

Currently, I am working towards becoming credentialed as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) content expert, and I am navigating National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition processes for twelve Federally Qualified Health Care Centers owned by my employer, AFH. Over the past three years, I have also been working with the Los Angeles Practice Transformation Network (LAPTN). LAPTN is part of a national CMS program to prepare value-based payments and avoid penalties, improving practice operations and patient care, and receiving higher reimbursements by attaining better scores for measured clinical improvements. This year, one of my goals in my workplace is to obtain Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) certification. I believe that a DNP degree will enable me to move up to the next level in health care management and more effectively service the needs of low-income patients in my community.

I had the pleasure of talking over the phone with Mrs. XXXX, who artfully responded at length to all of my questions after having made an extensive review of the curriculum of the DNP program. Following our conversation, she emailed me regarding some of the points that we had discussed, the key differences between the DNP and Ph.D. programs, examples of DNP scholarly projects, and a map of DNP courses along with essentials. I then emailed Dr. XXXX regarding my interest in conducting graduate research on reducing hospital admission rates, especially among the elderly, and I look forward to her reply. With guidance and mentoring from outstanding faculty such as those at XXXX, I will be optimally equipped to improve delivered care and patient outcomes.

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