The University of XXXX is my first choice among DNP programs for a variety of reasons, most of all because of my profound admiration for the comprehensive and diverse content of your curriculum. A dedicated nursing professional and a Haitian-American woman, I plan to return to Haiti as a nursing professional periodically after earning my doctoral degree. Born in Haiti and raised in North Carolina, I am not yet fully fluent in Creole, only able to speak the basics. Thus, I am in the process of recovering and perfecting my language skill in Creole and hope to be speaking it fluently by the time that I earn my DNP Degree.
I have been serving as a nurse in a rehabilitation hospital for the past two years. I have also worked in the area of home-health nursing. One of my highlights was being a recipient of the Spirit Award for outstanding patient care. When I am not working, I give my all at local homeless shelters, a women’s shelter, a private midwife clinic, and habitat for humanity. I travel as often, mostly back to Haiti, but also to St. Croix, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas. I lived for a full six months in Antigua and have also visited Germany and Spain.
The infant mortality rate in Haiti is 59 out 1000, which is the worst in the Western Hemisphere. I dream of opening a clinic in the small town where I was born, Milot, Haiti; where I too came into the world as a newborn at risk, fortunate to survive given the dismal state of health care in Haiti. Little-to-no special assistance is available for pregnant women, even when they give birth, especially in rural areas and villages. I cannot imagine any more natural calling than to serve and do research in Haiti as a DNP, saving lives, not only of babies but their mothers as well – and for generations to come.
I envision most of my plans for Haiti unfolding later on in my career, however; I may well end up an old woman in Milot, nursing patients until I fall over one day myself. Now, however, as a young woman, I look forward to several decades of service here in the USA and perhaps employed professionally abroad as well since I love to travel and explore. Most of all, I want to devote myself to my patients, giving them the best part of each day and helping them to feel more like a person than a number, providing them with loving and thoughtful attention, putting my heart and soul into my work each day that I serve. I also look forward to continuing to serve special needs groups here in the USA, the homeless, victims of domestic violence, etc.
Completing your DNP Program at the University of XXXX would be a dream come true. I look forward to learning as much as I can about all aspects of nursing, on an international as well as local level, gaining exposure to a vast array of medical situations and current as well as traditional challenges in nursing. I want to care for mothers, and fathers as well, helping them to have healthy babies that turn into healthy children and later healthy adults. I am especially engaged with the controversial issues surrounding the vaccinations of newborns and infants and the especially sensitive and critical role played by the nurse in helping the parents to make the right decision and to fully understand and feel good about that decision.
I thank you for considering my application.