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Born and raised in Kenya, I permanently immigrated to the US in 1999. In addition to English, I also speak Swahili and German and look forward to utilizing these languages as a nursing professional, at least at some point in my career. I am currently enrolled in an MSN Degree Program at XXXX University and I hope to begin your doctoral program at the University of XXXX in 2017.

The University of XXXX is my first choice among DNP programs in Informatics because it has a particularly distinguished faculty and a most creative and inspiring curriculum. I could not be happier with my chosen field and I feel very strongly that the University of XXXX is the optimal springboard to propel me to the cutting edge of service to society in the area of health informatics, especially with respect to remote patient monitoring and reporting.

My greatest contribution to society would be to contribute to the improvement of interdisciplinary workflow processes in nursing by designing, implementing and improving health information systems, thereby improving patient outcomes and decreasing healthcare costs (Fitzpatrick, 2010). I would like to have enough knowledge and experience to teach new nurses in this field so that the nursing shortage can be reduced. I also look forward to focusing on research concerning how to use informational technology to make health care and health information and education more accessible to undeserved communities.

My professional and personal growth has equipped me with the skills necessary to succeed in your DNP program and to distinguish myself as a well-rounded professional with multifaceted nursing experience. I have served as a Medictech and Epic super-user and have developed very effective work processes for the health plan for which I work currently, thereby improving production and timeliness, reducing errors, and enhancing patient outcomes. My work has not only been implemented in my own department but the processes that I am developing are under consideration for implementation throughout Massachusetts as well as New Hampshire.

My interest in pursuing a doctorate in nursing dates back at least to my experiences in Nursing 101 and the day that I gave my first shot as a nursing student. I will always remember my professor, the engaging character of her lectures, the excitement and exhilaration that I felt. Her class inspired, motivated and challenged me at each step with assignments based on clinical scenarios. I learned that I have a unique set of skills and passions that make a career in nursing the right choice for me. The profound sense of devotion to humanity that I find in the nursing profession has been extremely rewarding, (Kutney-Lee, Sloane, & Aiken, 2013). I look forward to many decades of service to come, using digital tools on the cutting edge to overcome health care challenges locally and globally (Moen & Mæland Knudsen, 2013).

I especially appreciate the way that nursing involves life-long learning (Edelman & Mandle, 2010). This is why I am applying for the doctoral program in nursing at the University of South Alabama, to prepare myself to make my maximum, lifetime contribution to nursing, constantly cultivating my dedication, intuition, and ability to comfort and reassure. I like to think that I have already achieved a high level of effectiveness at taking care of distressed patients (Berwick, Feeley & Loehrer, 2015). I now look forward with a great sense of readiness to the rigors of your program.

My undergraduate and graduate studies so far complement my more than ten years of combined acute care nursing, home care nursing, and managed care nursing, enabling me to develop a refined set of individual, educational and professional goals. Throughout my professional experience, I have cultivated a special focus on information management systems. Analyzing data to make sound decisions, working out kinks in workflow processes in the acute care and in medical management settings is my niche, where I hope to carve out a highly distinguished career, constantly giving my all to the development of new, ever-more-efficient work processes.

I look forward to enhancing my lifetime contribution to the nursing community both during and after completing your program. I have the leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills required to be successful and I have learned how to work independently as well as with multidisciplinary teams of health professionals, through interaction with extremely diverse patient populations and nursing and medical staff. Being able to quickly adapt to unfamiliar or crisis situations and the ability to modify nursing implications to meet current patient needs are two important skills that I have mastered in particular. I also developed advanced time management skills at an early age: juggling work, family, and school while maintaining a high grade point average.

I wish that I could have spent more time in volunteer work but since I have 2 children I have only been able to volunteer my time, along with my family, during vacations, working with developmentally disabled individuals and at a local food pantry and homeless shelter.

I thank you for considering my application.


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