The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Master’s Degree Program at XXXX University is my first choice for graduate school as I hope to become the best Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner possible. While raised mostly in the Bay Area, much of my family is from Eastern Kentucky and I look forward to better understanding those roots during my time in your program. I am also very favorably impressed by the sheer excellence and creativity of the program at XXXX. I am convinced that working as a mental health nurse will provide me with a great sense of pride and satisfaction. The issues surrounding our mental health care system are huge and require dedicated, well trained, and compassionate individuals to deal with them effectively. I am passionate about ensuring people with mental illness have a voice. Unfortunately, mental illness continues to have a stigma attached and people avoid getting the help they desperately need. I feel called to serve as an advocate. As a nurse we connect with our patients on a deeper level than a doctor. I enjoy the connection I develop with the people entrusted in my care. Nursing focuses education and preventative medicine which I think is one of the most important aspects of medicine, teaching patients to stay healthy and prevent illness.
I feel this is the best time for me to complete the program since I now have many years of military experience, and I now look working with our veterans. Since I have become a nurse, I have paid increasing attention to those areas of mental health that have a statistical prevalence among soldiers and veterans, most notably PTSD. I now have many years of managerial experience in the military where I have long practiced the cultivation of my leadership skills. Dedicated, knowledgeable, and compassionate, I give my all to nursing and see NPs as professionals with expansive roles. Anxious to contribute to research as an APRN, I could not be more engaged with the literature dealing with the subject in which I hope to earn the Master´s Degree and serve as an APRN for decades to come, always fully dedicated to lifelong education in my field.
I very much appreciate the unique role of the advanced practice MSN-prepared nurse. I would work with board of education and develop teaching methods and strategies that promote alternative learning, especially for children who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. We need to develop alternative methods of teaching and understand that children and adults diagnosed with ADD/ADHD learn and process information differently. As a Psychiatric Nurse, I hope to advocate for people with ADD/ADHD, especially since I was myself diagnosed with ADD as a child and have thus developed a lot of understanding over the years concerning the difficulties that people with this diagnosis face.
At the age of 18, I decided to follow my father's footsteps in the United States Navy becoming a medical corpsman and a “Neuropsychiatric Technician,” serving in this capacity for four years. After leaving the Navy I joined the private sector as a licensed psychiatric technician working at a private psychiatric facility. After working for several years, encouraged by the charge nurse, I applied for nursing school. I have worked in psychiatric nursing majority of my career in various nursing settings, including manager and director. Treating patients with mental health issues and challenges is my passion and I appreciate the fact that there is a growing need for highly-trained, mental health care providers. I currently work as a psychiatric consultant and liaison nurse at XXXX Medical Center, a 529 bed hospital. Becoming a nurse practitioner will enable me to have greater autonomy and to maximize my contribution to the organization that I serve and the patients that I always place as my number one priority. I hope to remain with this organization after I earn the Master´s Degree. I volunteer yearly at the NAMI walk and participate in Operation Stand Down working with homeless veterans assisting them in obtaining mental health services, medical services, Legal and social services.
I thank you for considering my application to Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing at XXXX University.