The Early Years
As a child, I was frequently in a healthcare setting due to asthma attacks and other respiratory complications. My parents were always fearful of an oncoming asthma attack and would try their best to have me avoid any type of potential triggers.
Seeing my parents work proactively for my health stimulated my interests in the healthcare field. I grew to have a passion for primary care and prevention. From my experience, I want patients to know that I know what it is like to be the sickly patient as well as the caring health care provider. I can personally relate to my patients from my illness which has allowed me to gain insight in the health care field.
I began my nursing career as soon as I completed high school. I enrolled at a four-year university to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. During nursing school, I took a community health nursing course which truly solidified what area of nursing I really wanted to pursue. This course also entailed all the reasons why I wanted to be a nurse.
My decision for majoring in nursing was so I could give back to the community by helping people achieve their optimal health. I believe that reaching out to the community and emphasizing the significance of primary care and prevention would help people lead healthier lifestyles. I also volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club during my pediatric clinical rotation and I saw the value of promoting healthy lifestyles.
I noticed that their activities were all geared towards maintaining optimal health by making it seem effortlessly. Currently working in the intensive care unit, I have seen acute fatal illnesses and the adverse effects of chronic illnesses, mostly which have resulted from unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles. I realize that I cannot reach an entire population; however, if I am able to reach some lives, that in itself is rewarding to me.
My plan for my career extended well beyond bedside nursing. As a Registered Nurse, I have worked in obstetrics, gynecology, and the critical care unit. Working in the critical care field was a way for me to broaden my knowledge and nursing skills regarding complex pathologies of illnesses and how to care for them along with collaborating with the interdisciplinary team. As an obstetrics and gynecology nurse, I have widened my population of patients to those who drastically need assistance with health care.
The women that I see oftentimes come from unfortunate backgrounds. My sole reason for getting into the healthcare field was to give back to the community in any way that I can.
I have recently been accepted to graduate school at the University of South Carolina in the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program. In graduate school, I will be attending full-time while still working as a Registered Nurse.
Completing my Nurse Practitioner program is inevitable for me because I want to be an advocate of health care and reach as many people as possible. I want to be able to lead by an example and teach people how important it is to not only focus on preventing illnesses but also effectively managing chronic illnesses.
My ultimate career goal is to be an advocate of disease prevention. I also want to use my Nurse Practitioner degree for nurse education. Becoming a nurse educator would fulfill my duty of giving back to the nursing community. I could also use my role as a nurse educator to promote primary health care to nursing students and they can in turn pass the knowledge along to their patients. Growing up, in a small, rural country town, I had to learn to deal with what I had to survive, which has made me become adaptable as well as flexible.
I take pride in donating to charities and those less fortunate because I know what it is like to not have anything. People helped my family when we went through our devastation. It is now my duty to help those in need as well.
Health care is important to me because I want everyone to live long, healthy lives. In my lifetime, I have seen people suffer from serious, fatal health issues. I come from an area where health care is not seen as a necessity which drives me to be a strong advocate for optimal health. My life experience with my own health issues and the issues from my family really motivates me to be the best health care provider that I could be.
After nursing school, I started working in an intensive care unit because I wanted to develop strong critical thinking skills and be in an environment where I am constantly challenged. My drive for learning and passion for health care both make me a compelling candidate. I enjoy a challenge because it forces me learn and truly understand the information presented.
I have valuable leadership skills that have developed from teamwork, patient-centered care, and holding executive positions in the Student Nurses Association and the Student Government Association. As a result of performing well academically, I have joined three honor societies: Sigma Theta Tau (for nursing excellence), Gamma Beta Phi (for academic achievement), and Alpha Mu Gamma (for foreign language).
When I set my mind to do something, I do not just complete the task but I put my heart into it. I have my family depending on me which makes me push harder. It is imperative to me to go above and beyond, which makes me a compelling candidate. I have never had anything just handed to me, all my life I have had to work hard for the things I wanted.
My personality along with my support system drives me to work efficiently as well as effectively. My family members did not have the same opportunities that I have, therefore, I am taking advantage of every opportunity that comes my way. With good, optimal health, people can accomplish so much more in their life-span and I want to help them reach that status.