We are pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps as a family. A young African-American woman, I am the oldest of 4 children born to a single mother. I focus much more on the merits of learning responsibility while still young, growing up as an assistant mother as well as a child than I do on any lost innocence. Born and raised in Cincinnati, I earned my BSN in 2004 from XXXX University. More recently, to more fully prepare me for your program, I went back to school and completed several graduate-level courses in my field. I now feel strongly that I am at my optimal level of maturity and an enormous amount of drive to do successfully as a full-time graduate student bound for the MSN at XXXX.
I had my heart set on becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner long before I started studying nursing in college. I especially look forward to doing research in the area of healthcare disparities as it relates to race, lower socioeconomic status, and environmental stressors. After graduating from your program, I would like to continue working in a teaching hospital for my first 5 years or so as a Family Nurse Practitioner. This will allow me to build my practical foundation and skill set. Within time, I want very much to increasingly dedicate my professional energies to helping provide targeted health care programs for our underserved populations in inner-city settings. I also have the dream of continuing my studies further at some point, building upon research in your program, so that I might someday experience the joys of teaching.
For the short term, I plan to continue to loyally serve in my present position as a Link Nurse for my unit and serve on our educational committee. I am working actively as well on improving my Spanish, especially oral communication since I see it as critically important in many urban health care settings. I also place a high priority on volunteer work and I have invested long hours at several shelters for victims of domestic violence. I was also very involved in getting people registered to vote. These experiences have served to underscore my conviction that meeting our patients’ needs can often involve such basic things as shelter, clothing, food, as well as family dynamics and health issues. In the low-income areas where I work, we are seeing increases in non-compliance and high levels of repeat admissions. Many of these patients do not have insurance and tend, therefore, to stop taking their medication. They just come through the Emergency Room door. My deep and abiding chagrin at this inefficiency and the human toll has motivated me to want to advance as a nursing professional and stay very much engaged with fixing a largely broken system.
I have worked as a Public Health Nurse with the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps Program, providing home visits to at-risk families. I provided early identifications and recommendations for children with potentially handicapping conditions. I saw myself as the child’s advocate and found enormous satisfaction in coordinating their services. My special qualities include integrity, compassion, and dedication to the field of nursing and patient care. The greatest contribution that I might be able to make to society would be to serve as an advocate or voice for the minority at risk-youth by using my influence and education as a nurse to help make their lives a little less dangerous. I want to help other women and would like to someday start my non-profit organization that caters to underserved women that have been abused by their mates. I would also like to be engaged at some point in research concerning the needs of teen mothers in our inner cities.
I seek a very full life of professional and volunteer service that is interwoven in the quest to provide adequate preventative education and community resources. I hope to inspire women to follow their educational dreams while also encouraging them as parents. I want to empower women by helping them complete and/or further their education and achieve financial security, and even independence, all the while promoting healthy lifestyles/habits for them and their children.
By demonstrating the importance of education, proper nutrition, healthy behavior, and preventative healthcare measures, these women will in turn educate their children and contribute to long-term social stability and justice. Once I am a Family Nurse Practitioner, I will have the authority and resources to complete physicals and referrals for a patient population that for many reasons may not otherwise have access to a qualified healthcare provider.