Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Updated: Aug 11

I could not be happier in my choice of nursing as a career or more enthused at the prospect of beginning graduate school next year and advancing professionally. I also feel fortunate to be living in such exciting times for Nurse Practitioners, as they gradually move towards greater parity with medical doctors and increasingly come to be seen as full-fledged professionals. Nevertheless, XXXX University is not just my first choice because I live and work in XXXX and I love my city, but also the fact that you program is in the final cohort to allow its graduates to achieve Nurse Practitioner status after only 2.5 years of study.

The only thing that worries me about graduate school, frankly, is how expensive it is. I want to devote myself full time to my studies rather than working my way through school full time; thus, I feel strongly that after 2.5 years of full time study, I want to go back to full time nursing to pay for my education, perhaps returning to doctoral studies at some point in the future after already earning my certification as a NP.

Completing XXXX University's Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion (APNI) Program and attaining the finest preparation possible for becoming a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner APNI will propel my career forward so that I might have the opportunity to give my all to nursing and recognize my fullest professional contribution to society. Earning the MSN at XXXU will be the crowning achievement of my life and I find myself most eager and inspired as I have been fulfilling the pre-requisite courses. I have also been retaking a Psychology class that I bungled in order to improve my GPA. I ask for admission given that I did achieve a 3.3 GPA in my general science courses at the same time that I was working full time. I just sat for the GRE on the 24th of November.

I have worked in Juvenile facilities and even a stint as a music therapist intern working with kids on the spectrum as well as brain injured patients. I know what it is like to serve as an EMT in downtown XXXX, working some of the most difficult streets and scenarios that exist in this part of the country. I have worked in the number one children's hospital, the largest in the region, for the last 2 years, with this last year in a very busy ICU.

At the very core of my being is a true compassion for humankind. I have always felt that an integral part of my life's purpose is to serve others. A nature lover, I hope to practice in a rural setting at some point probably with a collective of providers who collaborate to provide treatment for body, mind, and soul in a holistic fashion, on a sliding scale, to the extent to which this is possible. I will also be volunteering on the side because I have a sense of mission and a calling to help those most in need no matter where I work. Ideally, I would have my own practice at some point, probably adopting a small rural community.

I have the immense benefit of years in the workforce interacting with a myriad of people from all walks of life. At Children's Hospital alone, I have witnessed incredible situations and some most extra-ordinary outcomes, and I have learned enough to leave my heart bleeding for the underserved on many occasions. I am blessed with humility along with an understanding of my own limits; yet, I also feel that I have a higher calling to serve humanity as a nurse. Fully dedicated to lifelong learning, I plan to distinguish myself for decades to come in the area of age-related psychiatric challenges in older adults as well as the genesis of neuropsychiatric disorders in early childhood, particularly those on the Autism spectrum. I have volunteered with the XXXX County Public Health Department since 2012 after volunteering with the UXXX Hospital from 2012-2013. I have also volunteered for R.O.O.T.S., an organization that provides shelter for 18-22 year old homeless young adults.

I am an adventurer and have hiked up and down the West Coast of Mexico for years, with trips to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador each for a few weeks, studying a book called “Spanish for the Hospitality Industry” learning, practicing. A musician, I often sing in Portuguese and will soon be off to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil as a volunteer with an NGO based here in Seattle named Bahia Street, dedicated to helping at-risk girls in Salvador, Brazil. I have also trekked from one side of Canada to the other and I am currently looking into a trip to Kenya to visit a friend who teaches there.

These experiences, especially those south of the border, have helped to prepare me for a lifetime of service as a nurse who spends as much time as I can afford always going on medical missions, especially to the Developing World.

I thank you for considering my application.

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