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MSN, ARNP, Patient Care, Community Nursing

April 18, 2016

Patient care is my life and my community is the center of my world. I am a nurse who lives in a small town in Florida and many of our doctors are getting old and retiring. Immigrants move through our area, often in need of health care, with many not receiving it. I hope to be accepted to and complete your world-class program for the MSN Degree at XXXX University to that I can work as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in my community. Now 32, I think of myself as a “home girl” and I love my small town dearly. I also want to think of myself from now on as the Florence Nightingale of XXXX, Florida. I want to serve on the front lines, open my own community health clinic, go out and find those who are in need of medical attention, and find attention for them to the extent to which I am unable to provide it myself. I imagine doing this for at least another 4 decades, hopefully 5, maybe even 6 with the advances being made in our field.

For years now, I have been daydreaming of starting my own walk-in clinic and I have invested and will continue to invest the best part of my energy brainstorming for creative ideas to help me with this central long term goal. I have two little boys, 1 and 4 years old; even when I am with them, I think about health care issues and the way that they effect XXXX, Florida in particular. Most of the patients that I treat and imagine treating in the future are from the rural areas that surround our town. Thus, rural issues in nursing will be a special area for me in which I plan to go that extra mile. I know many of the health care workers in town and so hear stories about many of the rest. One older doctor is said to be retiring and I go a couple of blocks out of my way sometimes just to drive past his medical practice. But instead of his name I see “Name, ARNP” on the sign. I want to practice medicine as a nurse with a kind of Little House on the Prairie theme and make home visits to sick people who are unable to get to my clinic. I want to practice family medicine in people’s homes as well as my clinic, especially as I firmly believe that seeing the home in which people live and seek to recover is of enormous benefit to the holistic practitioner assessing the priority needs of basic patient care. Many people, especially older people and those confined to a bed or in a wheelchair seldom if ever leave their homes. These folks will be a very special part of my mission.

My long term objective after I gain several years experience as an ARNP would be to complete a DNP degree. I see this goal of education to the terminal degree in my field as something much more than an academic exercise; rather, it would build upon and advance my central real-world dream of a clinic where I might be able to develop and employ a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals, including mental health professionals and social workers. Community medicine is my dream and nursing is my vehicle. I love people and treating those who are sick because I feel I was blessed with healing hands. I communicate well with patients, their families, and coworkers. I have experience in dealing with patients and families over the last ten years; patients of all ages, within different areas of our healthcare systems, hospitals, clinics, rehabs, to long term care facilities and also patients’ homes.

I have always given my all to provide the best healthcare that I am able to provide, with an open mind along with a non-judgmental, positive attitude and outlook that places a top priority on the patient’s own wishes and concerns, serving as their advocate as well as their care giver. I also look forward to advancing through my studies at XXXX in the area of diversity issues and nursing care, and to learn how to better tailor my own thinking and efforts to patients of ethnic minority groups. I thank you for considering my application to your competitive program at XXXX.

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