Why AG-PCNP: I hope to earn the MSN Degree at the University of XXXX with a NP focus on Gerontology and Primary Care so as to be prepared to become a nursing leader and make my maximum in this way to the improvement of healthcare access and quality not only to my community here in the USA but also in the Developing World where I plan to spend increasing amounts of time serving as a nurse on medical missions. In July of 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to Burundi, Africa on my first and only mission so far but I have fallen in love with what I did in Africa and crave increasing engagement in this area, returning to Africa after completing my MSN at UXX and gaining further experience as a nurse practitioner.
I now have 17 years of experience serving as a registered nurse – 13 in ER - and throughout that time, increasingly, I find myself particularly enamored with my elderly patients and engaged with the special challenges that they face. Thus, in terms of my professional nursing career here in the USA, I want to develop a focus on geriatric nursing and the issues that most affect elderly people. In my mission and outreach activity to the underserved, however, I look forward to providing nursing care to patients of all ages. I also look forward to developing an increasing engagement with preventive care and health care education. Serving in ER, in particular, introduced me to a broad variety of clinical conditions and special challenges, providing me with a strong clinical foundation to build on as a graduate student in the AG-PCNP track. My volunteer work has also helped me grow professionally and to better appreciate the importance of caring for the whole person and not just a disease.
I grew up in a blue-collar home to parents who dropped out of high school and never encouraged me to excel in school, where I was marked by my peers as a recipient of free lunches. Nevertheless, my mother did instill in me the importance of being strong and determined, but not selfish, always compassionate and ready to lend a helping hand. On my own and self-sufficient at the age of 18, I became accustomed to hard work early on and studying at the same time, paying my way through nursing school. I have now taken on multiple nursing roles, always providing compassionate care with a focus on prevention and empowerment.
Work/Volunteer Experience: My years of experience as an ER nurse have provided me with a broad variety of clinical experiences with patients from all socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. It was in ER where I became keenly aware of and concerned about the huge number of patients without primary care even for chronic disease management. This concern caused me to begin volunteering at the XXXX Clinic which is free. I hope to be selected to your distinguished AG-PCNP Program at the University of XXXX based not only on my academic performance and professional experience but also on my great passion for volunteer work, nursing missionary activity to the underserved, including those in the Developing World. I am developing a special fondness for Africa where I have already been once and this is an avenue of research and practice that I will seek to cultivate further as a graduate student in your program at UXX.
I especially enjoy volunteering: collecting coats or supplies for homeless/battered women’s shelters, schools, and serving at our free clinic. I also coach my daughter’s middle school cross country and swim teams coach for my daughters’ school. I educate them on healthy habits and nutrition and identify any psychological needs or social issues that arise. I teach them about compassion and the importance of giving something back to the community, as well as providing a hearing ear. My trip to Burundi, Africa in 2014 was an especially watershed moment in my life. I went there as a Women’s Ambassador for the organization Samaritans Feet. I educated women and girls on feminine hygiene, contraception, and overall healthy lifestyle. Burundi is the 2nd poorest country in the world and many people do not have access to clean water, proper nutrition, feminine hygiene supplies - health care is extremely limited to non-existent. I personally sewed more than 200 re-usable feminine hygiene kits and delivered them to remote villages. I hosted two young people from Burundi in our home as part of the family. Their mother, a doctor and one of my closest friends, works for an NGO in Burundi providing care for poor people with HIV/AIDS.
Professional Goals: As an adult learner with a great deal of practical life experience, I am
confident that I possess the necessary skills to succeed in your MSN Program at XXXX. This is my immediate goal. I see your program as the optimal springboard for the balance of my career in nursing, particularly with respect to the development of my focus on the underserved or marginalized members of my communities and my passion for participating on missions to the Developing World.
After graduating from the XXXX MSN program, I hope to work several years in a primary care setting, gaining additional experience as an AG-PCNP, and continuing to serve in free clinics. In particular, I look forward to an in-depth study of health care disparities and very much appreciate the mission of Nursing at UXX to improve society by reducing those disparities and enhancing the quality of life for all people. Hard working, highly motivated, and determined with a strong sense of community, I am driven to make a difference in the lives of others: as an educator and patient advocate as well as a caregiver, treating each patient holistically. I thrive in high stress situations and have a practiced patience that allows me to listen and hear what my patients want to convey.
Academic Performance: I began to pursue my nursing career in my early twenties. During this time I worked full-time and also went through a divorce. I was self-sufficient, paying my way through school. For this reason, my undergraduate GPA is not an accurate reflection of my capacity for excellence at UXX. Since returning to school this past summer to complete the required prerequisites for the MSN Program at UXX, I have earned all A’s through a lot of hard work and determination. I attend online classes through CPCC, work part-time, maintain my volunteer commitments, and also like to think that I am a good wife and mother. In order to accomplish this I have developed finely honed time management skills.
Clinical Performance: Nursing has allowed me to serve my community in numerous ways: coaching young people, educational initiatives, prevention, safety, and 17+ years as a nurse, 13 in the Emergency Room. For the last 4 years I have served as a head nurse in an oral surgeons office and as a PRN in an outpatient setting, continuing to volunteer and care for my girls. I have especially enjoyed serving as a camp nurse at Camp XXXX in XXXX, NC.
Weakness: I am a doer and need to learn to delegate more. I sometimes take over doing something because I want to get it done right the first time. I set high expectations of myself and others which not infrequently sets me up for disappointment.
Program Admission Criteria: XXXX School of Nursing is my first choice because it is one of the premiere nursing schools in the country with a tri-fold mission of excellence in nursing education, research and practice. I appreciate the fact that the first year is online. This past summer session I completed three online pre-requisite courses - Religion, Ethics, and American History – at Central Piedmont Community College. I have maintained all A's while working full time as a PRN, coaching, family, etc. Completing the AG-PCNP program at XXXX will provide me with the advance practice knowledge and skill that I need to care for our patients, especially underserved populations. My ultimate goal for later on in my career is to serve abroad full time with an established healthcare organization.
Leadership: I have served as a Lead/Head RN at an Oral Surgeon’s office and as Relief Charge Nurse in the Emergency Department. I also served in a leadership role as Women’s Ambassador for Samaritans Feet, and still serve as a volunteer coordinator for Pinky Swear organizing coats for school children and the homeless, cookie decorations at the shelter, NYC marathon disaster aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, Girls on the Run Coach, Middle School Swim Team Coach, Middle School Cross Country Coach, Lead Nurse for our Church summer camp, etc. I am fond of John Bunyan’s suggestion that one has not lived “until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."
I thank you for your consideration of my application to Nursing at XXXX.