1. Describe the unique characteristics of the nursing profession as compared to the other healthcare professionals
For me, the field of nursing represents a vehicle of service to those who need it most, especially my people, humble, mostly undocumented immigrant families from Latin America living in poverty. The unique part of nursing is the opportunity that it provides for service of the most profound and valuable nature to the underserved. My father came from Mexico as a young man and worked very hard to gain legal status and raise his family. My father will be very proud to see his daughter earn her Master’s Degree in Nursing. I grew up among the poor with the constant stress of making ends meet in a society where we did not have legal standing, especially early on when I was still small. I feel very strongly that I have a lot to give back to people like my family as a nursing professional, especially America’s massive population of undocumented immigrants.
As a veteran, the time that I spent in the military is significant to my identity. I enjoy serving as a role model to other young Latina women, as a soldier, student, and as someone who gave her all towards earning a professional degree and pursuing my dreams of service to the fullest. Nursing for me is a way for me to honor my country and those comrades in arms who fell, who were wounded, those that I now want very much to care for with the best of my ability.
2. Describe how the roles and responsibilities of your selected specialty helpful to for fill your future career goals
As a mother of 3 children, I learn to organize my priorities and manage my time well to combine family responsibility with working and studying for my undergraduate degree. I never stopped taking undergraduate courses despite giving birth and having 2 of my children during my four years of college. I will be the first of my family to attend graduate school. I grew up appreciating hard work and the meaning found in working hard for what you have. As a sergeant in the Army, I worked as a Behavioral Health Specialist with many vulnerable patients in their dire time of need on their return from war. I was able to assist psychiatrists and psychologists with treatment plans for soldiers with a variety of different mental health diagnoses. Scheduled to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance this coming December 2018, I am currently enrolled in classes studying nutrition for sports and fitness, health care management, human health and disease, along with fitness assessment & exercise.
I am exceptionally well engaged with the literature on congenital heart defects because my son was diagnosed late with a congenital heart defect, and that very much spiked my interest in prenatal care and the correlation between that care and congenital heart defects. This avenue of investigation developed into a great passion for the whole birth process, complementing my own experience as a mom three times around. Thus, I hope to earn my Master of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt and to attain certification in midwifery.
3. Describe your intended practice setting and patient population after graduation.
My patient population would preferably be the underserved, military, and working within the VA to assist Veterans.
My central long-term aspiration is to earn the terminal degree in my field and become the most exceptional pediatric, cardiac Nurse Practitioner possible. The experience of having a beautiful baby boy with a congenital heart defect, the way that I threw myself involuntarily into learning everything that I could, barely sleeping, will always be with me. Nothing engages me nearly as much on a professional level, so it will still be my focal point.
I spent most of my summer vacations with my grandparents in Mexico until I was 19, in Luis Moya, Durango. I am grateful for those summers, learning and savoring my cultural heritage and native language. I am thankful this has enabled me to take pride in my Mexican culture; and to take pride in the fact that I am a Latino member of my team, the woman, and the nurse who talks all the time about the news concerning the prevention and treatment of cardiac defects in children.
Nothing brings me as much joy as caring for homeless veterans. I especially look forward to engaging as a volunteer with homeless veterans, particularly the older ones, providing a balance to my day job that will be all moms and babies.
I feel that my high level of motivation and dedication makes me a good fit for an especially rigorous Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner dual program such as yours at Vanderbilt University and I would be honored to count myself among your alumni.
I thank you for considering my application.