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Psychiatric Nursing Certificate Program. Gero-Psych Focus

Updated: May 11

I feel strongly that I am the best fit with the University of XXXX’s online Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Psychiatric Nursing, since I especially admire the cutting-edge character of your program organization and, most of all, the curriculum seems precisely tailored to my foremost interests.

I set my sights on a nursing career as a Junior Volunteer in the local hospital. I entered the BSN program right after high school and worked as a CNA and then LPN. During my BSN program one of my instructors saw potential in me and encouraged me to continue on and become a Nurse Practitioner.

Within one month of the completion of my undergraduate studies in Nursing, I was giving my all as a graduate student at XXXX University in New Jersey where I went full time until earning my MSN with an Adult/Gerontology NP focus. Now an experienced nurse with diverse experience caring for adults, especially older ones, I see going back to school to again give my all to a Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Psychiatric Nursing as a natural progression, continuing to care for adults that have a broad variety of health challenges, but specializing on the cases where the psychological challenges are the most salient. In this way, for example, I have often found myself reading about Autism in adults, particularly older adults, learning new strategies, thinking critically about diagnoses, etc. I see issues of mental illness in older adults to be especially complex and challenging and I am drawn to the subject like a moth to the flame.

My high level of motivation is driven by many years of experience as a NP providing primary care to mostly older adults. The other pillar of my determination to earn a certificate in Psychiatric Nursing and to focus the balance of my nursing career in this area is my profound concern over the exploding opioid addiction we face in the USA. I have been reading extensively in this area for a long time and as soon as I finish my certificate in Psychiatric Nursing I intend to register for and complete the APNA’s online course dealing with effective treatments for opioid use disorders.

In addition to my compassion and dedication, I see my community spirit as perhaps the greatest single strength that I bring to nursing and I feel very strongly that my community is under attack by this scourge of opioid abuse with more Americans dying from drug overdoses these days than in car crashes and opioids alone accounting for the vast majority of those tragedies. I feel strongly that nurses, especially well-trained Psychiatric Nursing professionals, need to take the initiative in addressing this challenge since we comprise the principal point of contact between patients and the psychiatric health care system. I look forward to providing the best possible care to those who suffer from opioid addiction/abuse in particular, always staying abreast of and hopefully contributing to research developments in this area. I have been reading everything that I can find about Suboxone and I am most enthused about its power to help patients overcome opioid addictions. I look forward to prescribing this medication to those who suffer in my community, where rates of opioid and especially heroin use are very high.

I have been preparing myself for a career in Psychiatric Nursing for years, at the same time that I have always gone that extra mile at the fulfillment of my duties as an Adult/Gero NP. Psychological issues are widespread, especially among older people and most of all those who also suffer from a physical illness. Because of my longstanding, sustained interest in the psychological issues faced in nursing, I have gravitated towards and reflected a great deal about the challenges facing psychiatric nurses. I have also gotten to know many nursing colleagues with advanced training in this area and spent long periods of time sharing about their experiences and the challenges that they have faced, particularly with respect to Gero-psych patients.

My hobbies include walking our Giant Schnauzer and thinking, mostly about nursing, along with crocheting. I also bowl.

Thank you for considering my application to Psychiatric Nursing Certificate Program at the University of XXXX.

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