I have a proven track record as a highly dedicated nursing professional. My high levels of motivation and achievement are rooted in the many complex challenges I have faced. I began life with parents who constantly relocated across the country, searching for manual labor jobs. My father was a Vietnam War veteran trying to outrun his ghosts with only a high school education and training in welding. My mother, another working-class survivor, obtained her GED while my brother and I were in grade school, working odd jobs, mostly housekeeping. Yet, within time, she received her Bachelor’s Degree while working her way up the ladder: CNA to LPN and RN. My family struggled against heavy odds to be able to prepare their children for solid and stable families and careers. My family background has instilled in me a most profound devotion to education; the constant uprooting from neighborhoods and schools made me strong, an extrovert rather than an introvert, an adaptable person who has always hit the ground running with enormous respect for diversity and multiculturalism. In addition to laying the foundation for a highly successful career in nursing, my background and life experiences spurred me to become the American Taekwondo Association’s Colorado State Champion for 2005 and 2006. This helped me further appreciate the need for eternal humility, tranquility, a positive attitude, lifelong personal growth, acceptance of failure, and victory: courage, perseverance, self-confidence, discipline, and leadership skills that I hope to refine in your program.
Therefore, I am convinced that my discipline and determination will allow me to excel in your online master’s program. At 37, I feel that I am in the optimal location, time, and space to become a distinguished nursing manager and leader with the full support of my family. I am thrilled at the prospect of becoming part of a program that prioritizes what I find most intriguing and relevant to nursing: leadership, problem-solving skills, decision-making under stress, conflict resolution, and the operationalization of the nursing mission. I look forward to giving my all to the broad spectrum of issues I will be fully engaged in, from legal and moral questions to strategy, management, and marketing.
When I met my husband, we continued to relocate for his profession, which allowed me to experience different nursing standards, protocols, and cultures characterizing nursing settings throughout the United States, obtaining specialized knowledge of various areas: ICU, ER, Orthopedics, etc. As a Certified Nursing Assistant, I greatly appreciated the importance of compassion, the human touch, and the profound privilege of serving as the patient's eyes, ears, and voice. Serving as a Certified Medical Technician greatly expanded my knowledge of medications, side effects, and time frames and helped me become a top-notch communicator and team player. As a residential case manager at a short-term rehabilitation facility, I enhanced my competence in charting, care planning, and the need for regular reevaluation of goals. From 1996 to the present, I have served my community as an RN in Hospice, ICU, ER, Cardiac, Trauma, Orthopedics, Step Down, and home health, prioritizing teamwork, open communication, patient advocacy, and the education of patients and families. I also developed and wrote a grant for pain management to provide the orthopedic floor with permanent CD players in inpatient rooms so that music would aid the healing process and shorten the length of stay.
As a business partner for Playful Pooch LLC., I developed a heightened appreciation for customer satisfaction, marketing and promotion, and cultivating client relationships through extensive follow-up. Within four months of my sojourn into the competitive world of internet search engines, we were ranked #1, with reward programs, live webcams, advanced holiday scheduling, satellite radio, and generating a base of 500 clients within six months. We achieved record profitability, producing new business through media exposure/follow-up from numerous promotions, including events and unique venues. I have also placed a high priority on giving back to my community through volunteer service. While in Montana, for example, I organized events with the radio Hot 101.7, serving as their promotional director. We fingerprinted and photographed children, making emergency kits in case they went missing so their families could get the search process started immediately and effectively. I volunteered for the Aids Walk, set up tents, answered questions, providing literature. With Playful Pooch, we offered free housing and training for Siberian Huskies with Polaris Husky Rescue out of Colorado. In Corpus Christi, TX, I assisted the Gulf Coast Humane Society, helping to provide exposure on the radio for the adoption of pets. From Race for the Cure to Run for the Angels, I have opened my mind and heart to patients outside and inside the hospital, celebrating an unbridled optimism concerning the survival of the human spirit. These miracles can be accomplished by supporting a community working together as one. I have also learned Spanish since I feel strongly that knowledge of America’s second language is imperative for someone who aspires to the long-term goal of serving as a Chief Nursing Officer.