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FNP, Navy Veteran, Community Health, Leadership

Updated: May 11

Graduating this month, December, 2016 with my BSN Degree I could not be happier with my chosen profession of nursing. I am in a hurry to get to work each day and usually show up early in my position as a School Nurse for XXXX Schools, assess the health needs of students and staff, administering medications, and treatments as ordered. I especially enjoy developing individual health care plans for students with special health care needs, managing screenings and immunization programs as well as physical examinations related to sports activities. I also manage the health office, supervise paraprofessionals, and maintain detailed and accurate, cumulative health records, especially with respect to immunizations. Earning the MSN Degree at XXXX University will enable me to do my job better, provide increasingly effective and creative care to the students and take on greater responsibility in the future as a nursing professional so as to maximize my contribution to my community by caring for the health of our children.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and making my home in Long Island, New York, I am as well traveled as I am read, primarily as a result of serving several years in the US Navy, which provided me with a chance to get to know: Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Dubai, Mexico, Aruba, and the Dominican Republic. These days, when I get the urge to travel and the opportunity presents itself, I take my children on road trips exploring places of historical interest in the US Northeast. Reading has always been my favorite pass time and for years now it has been all about nursing. I am also a certified massage therapist, which helps me enormously to comfort my patients with aches and pains. For me nursing is very ‘hands-on’ at times; I seek to heal holistically.

XXXX College is my first choice for graduate school in Nursing not only because I do not live far away from your campus but also because of my admiration for the sheer excellence of your program. I appreciate that I would be able to attend on a less than full time basis since I must continue to work full time to provide for my family. Raised by a single mother with 6 children who passed away still a young woman, I got off to a difficult start. Nevertheless, I have gotten where I am today through sheer grit, determination, and perseverance.

I was preparing to enter my Associates in Applied Science Nursing Program at the XXXX School in Yonkers, NY when my mother spent three days in the hospital with a misdiagnosis. She was about to be released when she passed away. For me, this made nursing school very personal and this experience will continue to drive me forward towards excellence as a graduate student as well; and in the decades that will follow as a most dedicated FNP who always gives her all, first to her patients and then to her community.

I started working as a nurse soon after my graduation at the XXXX Children's Hospital. After the birth of my first child I stayed home for her first year, then went back to work at a private practice working alongside multiple doctors. Now I am a School Nurse. I learned a lot of basic skills in the Navy that have helped me to become an outstanding nurse. I was one of the first women to serve on an aircraft carrier and I put the same kind of effort into nursing as I did the military. I take a special interest in the care of undocumented youth in my community and help as many as I can to access what resources do exist. I look forward to doing much more in this regard in the future as an FNP.

I have exercised my leadership qualities by serving as the 2nd Vice President for the New York State Student Nurses Association 2008-2009 and I am certified by the American Red Cross in Disaster Relief. I go out of my way to provide a thorough and insightful examination and diagnosis followed by optimal care with referral as needed for every child that enters my office. I calm their anxiety so they can return to class or get help for them if it is an emergency or they are in need of medical attention.

My long term goal is to serve as a Medical Director for a school system serving an underserved community. Eventually, when I have many stories to share from years on the front lines of nursing, I would very much enjoy the opportunity to teach new generations of nurses with whom I could share some of my experiences, especially with respect to marginalized or underserved populations and particularly the undocumented members of our community, who I see as just as deserving of medical care as anyone else.

I thank you for considering my application to your Master’s Program in Nursing with a focus on Leadership and Education at XXXX College.

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