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MSN, Family Nurse Practitoner, FNP

January 2, 2013

For fifteen years, I have maintained a commitment to caring for others and the field of Nursing.  As an RN, I have taken care of patients  from the day they are born until the day they die, have supported a family of a young child having their first asthma attack to supporting the family of a loved one taking their last breath.  From conducting a sports physical to helping set a fractured bone to listening to the story of a broken heart to diagnosing heart disease.  One patient at a time, I have been involved in the amelioration of lives, and have only been left wanting to give and do more.  Pursuing an MSN is more than just a logical or natural progression for my career.  It is a life choice, one that is backed by highly refined clinical acumen and in-depth exposure to an array of set-ups, and levels of care.

 Becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner will bring years of skills to bear in a field that will bring me new challenges, expanding on my existing foundation of clinical knowledge, an extension that will bring more hands-on experiences, diagnosing and managing conditions ranging from common to complex, from acute to chronic.  Moreover, upon completing my FNP training, I am intent upon practicing in a local private practice serving the people in and around my community.  My years of multidisciplinary teamwork have prepared me for the FNP working environment, one in which I anticipate collaborating with physicians, as well as support personnel.

 I bring with me to the student body and profession practical experience in pediatrics, med/surg, and have worked with both developmentally and mentally challenged patients, in private family practice as well as hospital situations across the US.  In the most practical terms, I have become completely adept and comfortable with many computerized medical health record systems, and medical software such as Cerner applications.

 More than this, though, I bring with me a number of critical and well-developed personal qualities and attributes to be successful and effective within the FNP program: keen observational skills, the ability to articulate what is observed, and the ability to analyze my work in terms of successful practice or failure.   A nurse needs to be able to interact effectively with people of differing cultures, ethnicities, nationalities and creeds.  This is critically important given the vast influx of persons with varied backgrounds into American health care.  In my experience, serving patients across the nation and over the years, cultural competency goes beyond this, though.  It is much more than just ability, it needs to be heartfelt, to sympathize with, understand and appreciate our differences, be it cultural or socioeconomic, an appreciation of the rich tapestry of life that we are all a part of on earth.

 While I have a great deal of experience in case management, this is only half of what is needed to succeed as a FNP.   Coupled with this is my ability to make critical decisions under pressure, and to lead a nursing team, specifically to understand what needs to be done, coordinate effectively, to practice - confidently - critical judgment as a part of daily practice.

 As an FNP, I will be a leader in my community, a role model, advocate and representative for the profession.  To this end, over the years I have been involved in my community, committed in many ways, as secretary of my daughter’s PTO, and particularly my church where I am youth leader, membership secretary and communion steward.  It is my hope to continue my public involvement, attracting others to consider a career in nursing and in service to those they love, and the community they are blessed to be a part of.

 XXXX is my sole choice for academic development.  Having lived and worked only thirty miles from the school, I have only heard the highest praise for the quality faculty, diverse student body and the breadth and autonomy of the nursing curriculum.  I eagerly await beginning this next chapter in my career – my life – continuing as I entered, to bring compassionate care to those that need it most.

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