NM/WHNP, Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health, Career Air Force

Now 33 years old, I am proud to have served my country in the US Navy and to continue to do so in the Navy Reserves. Earning my BSN in Nursing and Public Health in December of 2014 was another great milestone and I am now prepared to advance in the career that I love. I feel strongly that continuing on to graduate school in nursing and women’s health is the right thing for me to do and I am anxious to give my all to graduate studies at this point in my life where I find myself at liberty to do so, still single and without children, yet with the maturity and experience that will empower me to excellence. I ask for admission to XXXX University’s distinguished program so that I can realize my long term dream of becoming a nurse in the Air Force, serving the many thousands of women and girls around the world who are part of our Air Force family.

I love the interaction not only with patients but also their families, working together to resolve pressing issues and confront healthcare challenges taking the entire family into consideration.

During clinical rotations, I assumed a leadership role with my fellow colleagues when it came to group projects, and meetings, especially with clinical instructors. I made it my priority to motivate and encourage others to work towards meeting their goals as well. As a nursing student, I learned that clinical leadership is linked to the provision of patient quality care and ensuring optimal levels of job satisfaction for nursing staff. As a clinical leader, it is vital to know your role in effective decision making, how to contribute to improving the performance of your clinical team and the quality of patient care, and how to contribute with other clinical teams across numerous professional boundaries or divisions.

My work with the Navy from 2012 forward has included providing guidance and counseling to new service members transferring into our unit. This part of my duties has always been special to me because of the chance to interact and have professional experiences person-to-person; and to help those who often had serious issues or needs that could be resolved through effort and attention. Being in the Navy, my clinical rotations and working in the home health care setting have all helped me to become a highly effective communicator and to excel at collaboration and teamwork. I not only seek to become an advanced practice nursing professional but also an educator and a leader.

I have also worked as a Nurse’s Aide and Home Health Care Assistant. Thus, I feel that I have a solid foundation for graduate studies in nursing and, after completing your rigorous program at XXXX, I look forward to giving my all to the Air Force for another 10 years or so, serving as an advanced practice nurse. I will provide primary healthcare to both obstetric and gynecologic patients from menarche through their life-cycle. I also look forward to performing comprehensive family planning counseling, cancer screening, STI care and procedures and, when credentialed to do so, IUD insertion, colposcopy and biopsies of the vulva, vagina, cervix and endometrium—all ranging from practicing alone in a small clinic to serving in a large medical center. No point or moment has been any higher in my life than when I worked as a volunteer at the XXXX Hospital (April 2012 - May 2013). Much of my time was spent in the labor and delivery unit and it is here, in particular, where my passion for Women’s Health and childbirth took off and I first realized that it was in this area of nursing that I would like to make my primary professional contribution, especially for the long term, after retiring from the Air Force.

Still single and without children, I do want to become a mother in the future. Studying woman's health and childbirth and the subsequent development of a lifelong specialization in this area will prepare me well for when my time comes. Family, along with country is at the center of my world and this sentiment is expressed in my passion for medical missions as well. I do not remember when I felt more important and honored than when I deployed to Haiti to provide support in the aftermath of the earthquake there, unless it was when I also provided support to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I am thinking about participating in a medical mission to El Salvador to assist with establishing a woman's health care facility that would be adequately equipped and staffed to provide early detection capacity for breast and cervical cancer, the leading killers of women in that troubled country.

Completing your rigorous program at XXXX will make me a top candidate for the Air Force Scholarship Program which will enable me to attain my professional goal of serving in the Air Force as a Woman’s Health nurse practitioner and educating nursing students in the clinical setting. Providing care and managing other nurses at the same time will provide me with the optimal platform for making my fullest contribution to the health and well being of women and girls in our Air Force family.

I feel strongly that my professional goals accurately reflect and honor XXXX University’s Mission Statement and I thank you for considering my application.

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