MSN Masters, FNP, Haiti Earthquake Volunteer

My intellectual, professional, and clinical interests are all a result of my intense passion for nursing, especially nursing education. I earned my AS Degree in Nursing in 2002 and just finished my BSN. I am especially highly motivated because of my fascination with research, in particular, the aging process of our patients. I have also done a lot of extra reading on aging, the shrinking of the brain, for example, and the way that it reacts differently to medicine as we age.

I am convinced that I will be able to excel in your program because of the enormous dedication that I have for geriatrics and hospice and how thrilled I would be by the opportunity to do research in these areas. After completing your FNP Program, my long term goal is to work in a primary care setting in rural Utah.  I want to be able to live and work in a small community, such as XXXX, where I can have a home with a lot of acreage and animals. I plan on working with clients that range in age from newborns to the elderly, but my aspiration is to continue to cultivate a special interest in geriatrics. Staying active in my community is also very important to me. Currently, I volunteer at the Road Home, a homeless shelter.

I have been involved in numerous community/religious service projects. I am the Assistant Boy Scout Committee Chairman and I teach First Aid and BLS to local youth 2 times a year. I also went to Haiti after the earthquake and stayed there for one month, part of one of the first medical support groups able to get into some of the hardest hit areas.  I saw and did things that I NEVER thought I would, including amputations under a banana thatched roof, treating critical patients in a makeshift ICU with only a stethoscope and BP cuff, relying primarily on my critical thinking and knowledge of disease processes since we were working with almost no technological support at all. Later, I was able to help educate Haitian nurses in IV insertion techniques, assessment skills, and infection control measures, etc. My experience in Haiti helped me to appreciate more than ever the importance of nurses educating patients. Needless to say the experience changed me in numerous ways and taught me to not take for granted living in the USA.

 My volunteer work has helped me to grow professionally and to better appreciate the importance of treating the whole person and not just the disease. I started my healthcare career while I was still in High School, working as a CNA in a nursing home and then in a trauma center, working towards my AS Degree online. I have faced many difficult challenges along the way. I was forced to withdraw from my classes the first time that I enrolled in a BSN Program, due to my mom being diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.  I know what it takes to learn and to be successful in an online program. And I am profoundly dedicated to the nursing profession and the future of healthcare. 

 I have been in the healthcare field for approximately 25 years.  I started when I was 16 and I am now 41.  I have been involved in numerous committees to help improve the nursing process, establish unit guidelines, and I currently sit in on XXXX Health Care (IHC) Nursing Informatics Council.  I am also involved in building the future IT program between GE and IHC.  I work to increase awareness concerning the need for advanced directives concerning organ donation wishes. I hope to have a share in designing a technology that could be incorporated into state issued identification.  This would enable families to have a record with easy access to the wishes of their loved ones.

 I thank you for considering my application to your program.


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