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DNP Degree, African-American, Veterans

Earning my BSN in Nursing has provided me with the opportunity to serve as a registered nurse for the past 10 years now. The greatest strength of my application to your competitive DNP Program at the UXX is my extensive engagement with the subject of wounded warriors, especially during the 2 years that I lived in Germany as a military spouse, working as a volunteer. Along with other wives, we provided care packages to the injured men and women of the armed forces.  We would come through the wards of the hospital with personal hygiene and other comfort items and give them away along with all of the encouragement and support that we could. These were among the most memorable moments of my life so far, and the most meaningful, which is why I want to devote the balance to research and practice in the area of nursing care for our veterans and the special issues that they face.

My extensive volunteer work has also contributed to my capacity and drive to excel in your DNP Program. Nothing fulfilled me as much as the countless hours that I dedicated to the Wounded Hero Foundation arranging for care packages to wounded soldiers; the National Military Family Association (NMFA) serving as a liaison in the community for information and resources for new military families. One experience in particular provided me with special insight into the struggles of military families as I served as a judge for an essay contest of the writings of military spouses. Working with the Wounded Warrior Fundraisers and Project Operation Coming Home helped me to develop invaluable strategic skills most useful for moving wounded warriors and their families into a different home or putting things in storage when they have to travel to a distant hospital for extensive treatment. Serving as a Guardian Ad Litem with the group XXXX for a Child also propelled me forward as a nurse who will always have a very special place in her heart for abused and/or neglected children.

We live in XXXX, XX, home of Ft XXXX and the XXnd Airborne Division, one of the largest military installations in the country; this where I would like to serve after completing your program. When a service member is injured it places a tremendous stress on the family members who are abruptly forced to face up to new roles for themselves as caregivers. Once I am an NP, I would be able to do more for them at a VA hospital and to better respond to the great needs that exist in the face of a shortage of MDs. My experience will help me to be especially adept at communication between wounded warriors and their families as well as between the families and the hospital and the larger community. My capabilities and the natural talents that I have cultivated through nursing practice cannot reach their fruition unless I attain a Master’s Degree since RNs cannot diagnose illnesses, share in the formation of treatment plans, prescribe drugs, order diagnostic tests, gather medical histories, or even perform physical examinations. With the Master’s Degree and Certification, I would be able to do all if the above and this is how I long in my heart to spend the rest of my professional life.  

Myself a military spouse, meeting the day-to-day challenges of being the wife of a wounded warrior has provided me ultimately with great strength. My husband suffered extensive traumatic combat injuries in Afghanistan followed by classic PTSD/Depression requiring lifetime special care. Thus, I have experienced the challenges that I seek to address professionally on a personal level; my experience is my inspiration.

With my DNP I could also educate future nurses in the care for our nation’s veterans and service members. The idea of teaching at some point in my career at a nursing college—part time while continuing to serve as an NP—appeals to me greatly.

I am grateful to my first husband for very few things other than the fact that he taught me Spanish, which I have gone on to use ever since. I enjoy very much being one of a small number of non-Hispanic, African-American nurses who are bilingual Spanish/English. It is my hope that in the future, serving as a nurse educator; this will provide me with additional, rich experiences of diversity in nursing care to share with my class.

I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished program at XXXX.

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