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Kenyan, DNP, Nursing Informatics, APA Format

Updated: Aug 15


Born and raised in Kenya, I permanently immigrated to the US in 1999. In addition to English, I speak Swahili and German and look forward to utilizing these languages as a nursing professional. I am 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. I strongly feel that the University of XXXX is the optimal springboard to propel me to the cutting edge of service to society in health informatics, especially concerning remote patient monitoring and reporting.


My most significant contribution to society would be to improve 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 to reduce the nursing shortage. I also look forward to focusing on research concerning using information technology to make health care information and education more accessible to underserved communities.


My professional and personal growth has equipped me with the skills necessary to succeed in your DNP program and distinguished me as a well-rounded professional with multifaceted nursing experience. I have served as a Meditech and Epic super-user. I have developed very effective work processes for the health plan for which I work, improving production and timeliness, reducing errors, and enhancing patient outcomes. My work has been implemented in my department, and the processes I am developing are under consideration for implementation throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


My interest in pursuing a doctorate in nursing dates back to my experiences in Nursing 101 and the day I gave my first shot as a nursing student. I will never forget my professor, the engaging character of her lectures, and the excitement and exhilaration 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 gratifying (Kutney-Lee, Sloane, & Aiken, 2013). I look forward to many decades of service, using digital tools on the cutting edge to overcome health care challenges locally and globally (Moen & Mæland Knudsen, 2013).


I especially appreciate how nursing involves life-long learning (Edelman & Mandle, 2010). I am applying for the doctoral program in nursing at the University of XXXX, preparing 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 in caring for 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 particular focus on information management systems. Analyzing data to make sound decisions and working out kinks in workflow processes in the acute care and 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 during and after completing your program. I have the leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills required to succeed. I have learned how to work independently and with multidisciplinary teams of health professionals through interaction with highly diverse patient populations and nursing and medical staff. Quickly adapting to unfamiliar crises and modifying nursing implications to meet current patient needs are two essential skills that I have mastered. I also developed advanced time management skills early: juggling work, family, and school while maintaining a high grade point average.


I wish that I could have spent more time volunteering. Still, since I have two children, I have only been able to volunteer my time 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.


References


Berwick, D. M., Feeley, D., & Loehrer, S. (2015). Change from the inside out health care leaders taking the helm. Jama, 313(17), 1707-1708. DOI:10.1001/JAMA.2015.2830

Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Nursing Education Perspectives, 31(6), 347-348. DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31824ccd7b

Grove, S. K., Burns, N., & Gray, J. R. (2014). Understanding nursing research: Building an evidence-based practice. New York. Elsevier Health Sciences.

Kutney-Lee, A., Sloane, D. M., & Aiken, L. H. (2013). Increased nurses with baccalaureate degrees is linked to lower post-surgery mortality rates. Health Affairs, 32(3), 579-586. DOI: 10.1377/HLTHAFF.2012.0504

Huston, C. J. (2013). Professional issues in nursing: Challenges and opportunities. Philadelphia. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Moen, A., & Mæland Knudsen, L. M. (2013). Nursing Informatics: Decades of Contribution to Health Informatics.Healthcare Informatics Research, 19(2), 86–92. http://doi.org/10.4258/hir.2013.19.2.86


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