DNP-FNP Application Writing and Editing, Disaster Relief, Volunteer

Updated: Nov 17


I am a nurse dedicated to the improvement of healthcare in the fullest and most sustainable ways possible. I have learned that nurses potentially have very powerful voices as advocates as well as caregivers and that we have the capacity not just to radically improve individual lives, but also the lives of families, a workplace, and by extension the local community and the world. This is why I very much hope to be selected for your competitive DNP-FNP Program at the University of XXXX, to prepare myself for my maximum contribution not just in the classroom and at the bedside, but also, someday, in the boardroom. My central, long term goal is to become a professor/educator, program director, and eventually serving on committees that have a direct, progressive, and most positive impact on healthcare policies on national as well as local levels.


I want to become a mover and shaker in health care. For this I need not just a doctoral degree, but a DNP from one of the finest programs in the world. I am ready for the rigors of Nursing at the University of Michigan and have the full support of my family who are all begging me to move back to XXXX. On my home turf, I would be in the best position to immerse myself in nursing 24/7.

I am optimistic about being accepted to your very competitive program because of my distinguished track record with respect to community service. I worked around the clock for 3 weeks doing Hurricane relief work in Florida after Irma struck. I flew into Haiti soon after the earthquake of 2010 and triaged 1,000 people in 3 weeks. While I mainly provided wound care, I also helped to coordinate emergency room service with the logistics team. I served as a volunteer in South Africa for one month caring for children with both HIV and TB. Here at home, I worked for AmeriCorps State division as a crisis intervention counselor on the Miami switchboard, coaching suicidal callers. Finally, as a volunteer with the non-profit Fountain House, I cultivated and led classes on nutrition, exercise, hygiene, and basic first aid to psychiatrically challenged/substance abusing individuals.


Since my graduation in 2015. I have worked on a telemetry floor for one year, as a flight nurse for a year-and-a-half and as a mental health nurse for the last 6 months. I am extremely excited by the prospect of returning to the academic world and preparing myself for a long and distinguished career not only as practicing FNP, but also as a participant in groundbreaking research geared towards improving health care policies and practices. While still in nursing school, I chose to do my 4-month preceptorship in the area of mental health. Since May of 2017, I have returned to Psychiatric Nursing, working as a mental health nurse on an acute care crisis stabilization unit. This re-immersion experience in mental health nursing is excellent preparation, as I see it, for my upcoming life of service as an FNP, since psychological and communication issues are of paramount importance in Family Medicine as well.


Since my niece was recently diagnosed with Aspergers at the age of 7, I am rapidly on my way to becoming something of an expert in the area of Autism and hereditary links, since my father also has Aspergers. It would be a special privilege for me to be able to contribute to research concerned specifically with girls with autism, in particular, since the majority of research studies focus on males.


Scientific research has come naturally to me since high school, where I went all the way to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Cleveland, Ohio, winning several awards for my study in the area of forensic toxicology. My early diligence as a student in high school resulted in my being awarded a merit-based scholarship for Nursing School.


Irish, French-Canadian, and Native-American, I relish the celebration of diversity, go backpacking in national parks, birding in Honduras, spending time with my four-year old daughter and family. I also collect and trade micro-minerals and rare stones.


Thank you for considering my application to Nursing at the University of XXXX.

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