MSN FNP, Missions to Haiti

Updated: Aug 11

I am applying to your distinguished Masters Program in Nursing at XXXX University because my relationship with my patient stands at the center of my world; helping all of them to make daily progress in the healing process is my personal triumph. It is not infrequent that one of my patients has tears in their eyes when they thank me on leaving the hospital and these are my finest moments. Simmons is an excellent choice for me to earn my Master’s Degree because I am eager to engage in your especially creative and collaborative online environment, sharing some of my day-to-day professional experiences. I also appreciate your 100% pass rate on the FNP boards.

At the age of 15, I served as a candy striper at my local hospital. During my senior my year in high school, my grandmother died of lung cancer and I took care of her during her chemo and radiation treatments. Since she had a trach, at the age of 16, I learned how to change and clean the trach cannulas. Seeing how well the nurses treated my grandmother was a great inspiration for my nursing career and during my sophomore and junior year of college I went on to work at an assisted living as a CNA. Since I became a nurse, I have served in various areas of nursing and have become especially knowledgeable about trauma, pediatrics, and disease management. . I am currently working on a Bone Marrow Transplant floor as a charge nurse. We are a 16 bed unit with 4 ICU beds. I am a preceptor to all new nurses and also serve as the floor’s "Skin Care Champion.” I audit all charts and assess all patients, training the staff in a host of areas with special emphasis on the avoidance of any type of pressure sores. I am also certified in ACLS and personally monitor our most critical patients. Since I earned my BSN from XXXX College in May of 1998, I have been working full time as a nurse; thus, I now have considerable experience that I feel strongly will enable me to excel in graduate school. I am currently studying for re-certification in ONS Chemotherapy as well as working towards my Biotherapy Certification. Devoted to lifelong education, I place a special emphasis on the importance of empowering my patients to take charge of their own recovery. I see this as a great failure of our health care system; failing to properly educate patients about their own conditions and the steps that are necessary for their recovery.

My compassion, enthusiasm and love for my patients drive me forward to become an FNP. Since I have now been serving as a charge nurse and preceptor for the last 10 years, I feel strongly that I have hit a ceiling in my professional advancement that now requires additional formal training and I want to earn my Master’s Degree so as to become a resource for other nurses and to be able to work more closely with physicians. One of my favorite duties has been to share in allogeneic and auto stem cell transplants. The day of the patients transplant is considered their “new birthday.” It is a wonderful celebration, a time to start everything afresh, an emotional time not only the patient and their family but for me as well. The joy I feel is beyond words. The patients are given a new sense of hope for the future! Since many of our patients stay on our unit for 2-4 months, I develop a deep bond with them and their families and the joy that I get from nursing continues to grow with each passing day.

My children have only recently begun school; thus, it is now my time. My family has been encouraging me for a long time to go back to school and become an FNP. My grandmother, in particular, was a big inspiration. Before she passed away she told me: "Tara, dream big, and follow your dream!" I feel she would be extremely proud of my accomplishments now and the fact that I am making my dream of graduate school a reality. My husband has been extremely supportive because he knows how much I have wanted to further my education now for years. He has also supported me in my missionary activity as a nurse. We have been to Haiti three times and this is a very important expression of our religious faith and dedication to giving back to our community. Our church has a strong bond with Haiti, even prior to the earthquake of 2010, but especially since then. I serve as the nurse on our missions and I hope to continue to do so for many decades to come putting my experience to work as an NP on behalf of some of the neediest of Haitian people. We have an enormous amount of work to do in Haiti not only treating and healing as many people as we can but also making long term investments in public health education, particularly in the areas of hygiene and nutrition.

Each day, the clinic where I worked in Haiti saw over 250 people. Most of the children were visibly vitamin deficient and many were in need of worm medicine. Since we were up in the mountains, it was difficult for the critically ill to get to a hospital, transportation as well as money being scarce commodities. Many people, young and old alike, die in Haiti of something that could be easily remedied here in the US—especially where we go in the mountains, to a village named, ironically, Saigon. My husband's parents were missionaries to Haiti in the 1980's, so my husband is fluent in Creole. My brother in law is our pastor, so we have no problem with interpretation, which makes it so much smoother when it comes to triaging the sick. I am also thankful for the fact that this past year I have had the opportunity to learn more about disease management and how to empower my patients to take charge of their own healing process and I am very excited about learning more in this area as a graduate student at Simmons. Educating patients and their families is extremely important to me. My ideal job position as an FNP would be in the area of Pediatric Oncology because of my special love for cancer patients as well as children, heightened by my experience of caring for my grandmother as well as hematology/oncology patients in my hospital. I am highly experienced working with bone marrow transplant patients and would especially like to be a participant in research concerning children and blood cancers.

I thank you for considering y application to XXXX.

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