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FNP, Psych Nursing Experience, Guyana

Nursing Goals: I could not be more devoted to lifelong education in nursing. Thus, I seek to become the finest nurse possible, within time in the role of a nurse leader and educator. My next step professionally is to become an FNP so that I can improve the quality of life for people in my communities, both here in America and in my country of origin, Guyana. I looked very closely at the role of the Psych NP and also thought for some time about pursuing an intensive focus on gerontology because of the great passion and intrigue that I feel for both of these areas. Ultimately, however, a focus on nursing care from a family perspective – family-centered nursing - stole my heart and I feel very strongly that this is my calling.

Born and raised in Guyana for the first 12 years of my life and going back to visit at least once a year since that time, I look forward to contributing to the diversity of your program as a woman of color who is fully bicultural and multilingual, keeping close ties with my community of origin in Guyana, one of the most impoverished communities in the Western Hemisphere. It is my hope that this will help me to excel in issues of global health with a special focus on the Developing World where health care challenges are particularly urgent.

Improving the quality of life of my patients and their families is my central goal and I have already been achieving it every day that I have served for the past three years as a geriatric psychiatric nurse. Throughout this intensive and sustained experience with older patients, I have become increasingly attracted to a family-centered perspective concerning nursing and health care, one that embraces the care of the children, grand children, and great-grandchildren of my patients. I crave the versatility of the FNP Role, working with patient across the life span. 

Preparation: Having earned my BSN at Boston College in 2012, I am well on my way to a first-class education in nursing and I am most excited about the prospect of earning my Master’s Degree in preparation for FNP certification at XXXX University. One thing that I have learned as a nurse is that you have to be able to meet patients where they are in life and I crave the vast diversity of simultaneous challenges confronted by the FNP: helping patients to manage acute and chronic illness while at the same time preventing disease by educating the community. 

These past three years serving as a nurse in a psych unit have helped me to much better understand the full gambit of medical challenges faced by patients and their families, not only in terms of mental health but especially the way that mental health issues are so often intertwined with physical issues, together affecting the entire family. One patient that I learned a great deal from in particular, standing out in my mind to this day, is a 79-year-old woman who was transferred to the psych unit after going to the Emergency room more than twelve times in one month. This patient was extremely challenging insofar as she needed a great deal of attention, on the one hand, and almost constantly invented things, on the other, taxing one to sort out legitimate needs from imagined ones. By attending to the patient holistically, listening to her, finding out that she was lonely and scared of dying alone, I was able to care for her and did not find her as challenging as some of my co-workers, After discharge the patient would frequently call and ask to speak to me.  I haven’t been able to check up on her as much as I would like.

This special patient is only one of the many examples of patients who end up in a psychiatric unit because of multiple emergency visits. The greater the need the more noble the endeavor is my motto, one patient at a time. In addition to inside the hospital, I will always remain engaged with my community as a volunteer, serving at free community clinics, giving my all to providing holistic and continuous care to underprivileged and at-risk families in my communities.

Simmons is the best fit for me because I see it among the very best programs that are mostly online, so that I can continue working while I earn my Masters. Simmons has the perfect combination of online component combined with face-to-face interaction with classmates and professors. Making a collective investment in communities is a core value for Simmons which dovetails nicely with my cherished belief –taught to me while growing up in Guyana – that it takes a village to raise a child. 

Most of the members of my community are immigrants from the Caribbean, many of them undocumented and unable to get the attention that they need. I plan to give as much time to them as an FNP as I possibly can, after distinguishing myself as a nursing student who is highly sensitive and capable of creative ideas concerning some of our most vulnerable of all underserved populations in the USA.

My long term goal is to open a mental health clinic in Guyana. One of my inspirations for this is the terribly high suicide rate in my land of origin. After gaining several years additional experience as an FNP, I hope at some point to also continue my education in either gerontology or mental health. Ten years from now I see myself conducting research on how to best care for underserved populations, especially those suffering from mental illness.

One issue that receives a lot of attention in our communities here in Connecticut that are predominantly of color is the prevalence of gun violence; and I look forward to engaging with this issue in years to come as well, out my concern as a nurse and the threat to public safety that are posed by firearms in our community, from a variety of angles, from gun safety to coping skills for victims. As a college student, I volunteered at our Community Day events to raise awareness about gun violence in our community and the role that heath care professional can play in terms of education and prevention.

I take pride in myself as a kind woman who finds profound joy in caring for and serving as an advocate for my patients. Having grown up in a country with a very primitive health care system, I have a genuine passion for the promotion of health education and services to marginalized communities.

I thank you for your consideration of my application to your FNP Program at XXXX.

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