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DNP PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Sample

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Becoming an PMHNP will greatly enhance my abilities to serve as an advocate for mental health delivery, policy making and the wellbeing of my patients. I am driven to become a Nurse Practitioner in this area who is highly skilled in the delivery of comprehensive, integrated care; providing treatment and education that supports patients and their families in times of crisis and instability, helping each patient develop self-management skills needed to achieve sustained recovery. Dedication and compassion are my greatest gifts and I find myself compelled to serve the most vulnerable among us. I have learned a lot about mental health treatment and recovery not only as a professional nurse, but also as a patient, successfully battling depression and the effects of childhood trauma.

My current professional position as an internal lead with XXXX Behavioral Health Home Program has raised my motivation to become a PMHNP still further. A patient- centered, evidence-based, program, I am most thankful for the opportunity to acquire this type of professional, hands-on experience in integrated care. It have helped my clients to improve in their mental and physical health by acquiring self-management skills. I most enjoy being part of an interdisciplinary team, where communication and coordination among the members come together to provide the best outcomes for our patients. Currently, I am supporting the treatment of a 14-year-old with morbid obesity, hypertension and cardiac hypertrophy and who was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes early last year. He also has experienced significant trauma as an immigrant and victim of domestic violence; resulting in behaviors that contributed to his current health issues. Through collaboration with his behavioral health team, consisting of a medical doctor, registered dietician, exercise physiologist, psychiatrist and social worker and his mother, I have helped this patient to achieve a 20lb weight loss and a 10-point reduction in his HgA1C. His mental health has improved along with his motivation and confidence. I have experienced special satisfaction in providing weekly, in depth education to the patient and his mother, concerning diagnoses, treatment plans, and life-style interventions, empowering the family to create healthy lifestyle habits.

The PMHNP, as I see it, serves as a bridge, a coordinator between the mental and physical aspects of health, helping the patient improve their understanding of the complex interplay going on between the two. I see clients with BMIs that have steadily increased over time, even reaching a morbidly obese range, while their mental health worsened concurrently; yet, it is my understanding that this health risk often goes largely unaddressed by their psychiatrist. I see second-generation antipsychotics prescribed with insufficient psychoeducation provided to the client, despite the impact these medications have in the development of metabolic syndrome. Through my ongoing collaboration with psychiatrists, BMI is starting to be included in client consults and treatment plans. The relationship between obesity and depression, anxiety, and dysfunctional social relationships, especially during the fragile teen years, must be considered in our approach to care, as the rates of childhood/ adolescent obesity continue to rise. I am especially pleased to play a leadership role in our efforts to improve metabolic monitoring in support of our clients and psychiatrists, excellent preparation for my studies towards becoming a PMHNP.

XXXX's primarily online program, with select hybrid courses, is ideal for both my personal and professional needs. As a working mother, the flexibility of online courses and the support of clinical placement coordination will enable me to pursue my degree and stay committed to family. On-campus, hands-on interactions will provide opportunities for inter-professional communication and collaboration with other nursing professionals. I have been focusing my attention on the health of our more vulnerable patients since my undergraduate days in nursing, seeking out extra clinical hours, for example, in Community Health rotations.

I also believe that I am well prepared to embark on my chosen specialization because of the fact that I was myself diagnosed with and treated for a major depressive disorder only 4 months after my graduation, forcing me to abandon my post at a level-one trauma facility, rendering me partially disabled for 7 months - going through a divorce, moving to a new state, helping my mother move as well. Alongside my 4-year-old son, I have learned to manage life stressors in healthy, preventative ways, practicing daily self-care practices.

I plan to develop a special focus as a practicing PMHNP on children and adolescents, continuing to study the science of ACEs and resiliency. combining my direct-patient care experience with active membership in advocacy associations.

I thank you for considering my application.

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