I have learned how the FNP’s role emerged in the 1960’s from a shortage of medical provision especially in rural areas of the country. I very much admire the way that a family nurse practitioner seeks to meet the healthcare needs of all age ranges within the family by providing health related assessments, diagnoses, direct care and guidance, teaching or counseling where appropriate, always with an emphasis on family self-care. I also appreciate how much of the FNP’s work is carried out autonomously but always in cooperation with the family’s primary care physician(s) and any other healthcare professionals who may be involved in patient care. FNP’s work in the usual health provider settings of office, clinic or care center, but their work may also be carried out in schools, homes, workplaces or hospitals, as clients’ needs dictate.
My main goal is to make a positive difference in people’s lives by applying my significant nursing experience and to do so while having a satisfying and rewarding career which provides variety and autonomy. I am convinced that the FNP role will meet my requirements. I also hope, eventually, to be involved in improving healthcare and education in my home country of Kenya.
I want to work directly with a very wide variety of patients and conditions. I am particularly interested in working with elderly patients, I come from an African culture in which the elderly are given special respect and care being revered for their wisdom and experience. As the aging of the population continues, more nursing time will be spent on this age group, especially in teaching them how to extend and enjoy independent lives and I look forward to being involved in this work. I have always recognized that it is possible to be a perfectly efficient healthcare provider in caring for patients while failing to let the patient know that you also care about them and patients intuitively know the difference. My patients know that I care about them. I have also learned the value of being sensitive to non-verbal signals from patients and responding to them.
I also seek the relative independence and autonomy allowed to the FNP. I realize that not every nurse is capable of working independently and I am very aware of the additional responsibility involved in the FNP role. I was brought up by a single mother in Kenya who was usually absent from home working to support myself and my siblings. I learnt to be independent and self-reliant at an early age in organizing household chores and fitting these in with homework and caring for my siblings. My mother died when I was young and her death was due to a lack of equipment at the local hospital. My mother was only one, though the most important, of several relatives and friends whose deaths were more or less preventable. It is my hope eventually to assist in improving healthcare provision in Kenya by assisting with training and health education.
I have carefully observed FNP’s at work and am convinced that I have the personal characteristics of independence, self-reliance, an analytical approach, an empathy with patients of all types and ages and an ability to work calmly under pressure. I have also undertaken an occasional leadership role during my career such as supervising nurses’ aides or mentoring junior staff; I have done so successfully and have enjoyed these experiences.
I am a highly experienced nurse who has worked with a wide variety of patient types and conditions. I believe that I possess the professional background, knowledge, skills and personal traits that will enable me to profit from the program and to become a highly effective FNP.