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MSN-FNP Aspirant, Earthquake Volunteer in Haiti

Updated: 7 days ago

My intellectual, professional, and clinical interests result from my intense passion for nursing, especially nursing education. I earned my AS Degree in Nursing in 2002 and finished my BSN. I am especially highly motivated because I am fascinated with research, particularly the aging process of our patients. I have also done a lot of extra reading on aging, the shrinking of the brain, for example, and how it reacts differently to medicine as we age.

I am convinced that I will be able to excel in your program because of the enormous dedication that I have to geriatrics and hospice and how thrilled I would be by the opportunity to do research in these areas. After completing your FNP Program, my long-term goal is to work in a primary care setting in rural Utah. I want to live and work in a small community, such as XXXX, where I can have a home with many acreage and animals. I plan to work with clients that range in age from newborns to the elderly, but I aspire to continue cultivating a particular interest in geriatrics. Staying active in my community is also very important to me. Currently, I volunteer at the Road Home, a homeless shelter.

I have been involved in numerous community/religious service projects. I am the Assistant Boy Scout Committee Chairman, and I teach First Aid and BLS to local youth twice a year. After the earthquake, I went to Haiti for one month, part of one of the first medical support groups to get into some of the hardest-hit areas. I saw and did things that I NEVER thought I would, including amputations under a banana thatched roof, treating critical patients in a makeshift ICU with only a stethoscope and BP cuff, relying primarily on my critical thinking and knowledge of disease processes since we were working on with almost no technological support at all. Later, I was able to help educate Haitian nurses on IV insertion techniques, assessment skills, infection control measures, etc. My experience in Haiti helped me appreciate the importance of nurses educating patients more than ever. The experience changed me in numerous ways and taught me not to take living in the USA for granted.

My volunteer work has helped me grow professionally and better appreciate the importance of treating the whole person, not just the disease. While still in high school, I started my healthcare career as a CNA in a nursing home and then in a trauma center, working towards my AS Degree online. I have faced many complex challenges along the way. I was forced to withdraw from several classes in my BSN program when my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. I know what it takes to learn and succeed in an online program. And I am profoundly dedicated to the nursing profession and the future of healthcare.

I have been in the healthcare field for approximately 25 years. I started when I was 16, and I am now 41. I have been involved in numerous committees to help improve the nursing process and establish unit guidelines. I work to increase awareness of advanced directives concerning organ donation wishes. I hope to .share in designing a technology that could be incorporated into state-issued identification. This would enable families to have a record with easy access to the wishes of their loved ones.

I thank you for considering my application to your program.

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