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DNP Post-Grad Certificate: Adult-Gerontology, Primary Care

From the very first time I volunteered at a nursing home as an adolescent, I have been motivated to care for individuals in need.  Upon entry into the field of nursing, I quickly realized that the nursing profession is not one you enter and expect to be successful and enduring unless you are passionate about your career. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the interdisciplinary team throughout my years of employment in the hospital setting and also in the care management setting and have found that I have a lasting and genuine passion for caring for patients and their families.  While I already hold a master’s degree in nursing, I would like to broaden my clinical knowledge and expand my role as a clinician in becoming an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice.

During my capstone clinical practicum experience for my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree I was able to attend and participate in clinical lab with the nurse practitioner students. It was during this time that I found myself becoming more interested in the nurse practitioner role and envisioning my contributions making a positive difference in the primary care setting where I can help promote healthy lifestyle choices and manage chronic illnesses through careful and thorough assessments, optimal medication management, and clear concise patient and family education.

My academic objectives include entry into the field of advanced practice nursing as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with the acquisition of a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to follow. My career goal is to pursue employment in an office setting providing holistic and cost effective care for adolescent, adult and geriatric patients in my medically underserved community of Morgan County, WV. I will be able to augment the health and wellness of my community through cost effective primary care and by preventing recurring hospital admissions through the reduction of unnecessary health resource utilization, making my patient’s aware of available community health resources, and by optimizing health treatments. Additionally, with a terminal degree in nursing practice, I will be well prepared to employ evidence based practice, continue independent research within my nursing practice, and to be an effective mentor to other nurses and healthcare professionals.

I am a qualified candidate for the Post-Graduate Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. I have over 6 years of acute bedside nursing experience in both intensive care and medical-surgical care during which time I earned my CCRN (specialty certification for critical care nurses) and have obtained my Master of Science degree in Nursing with a final GPA of 3.94. Additionally, I have over 4 years of utilization management experience during which I have gained extensive experience maximizing the use of both inpatient and outpatient resources to prevent hospital readmissions and of quickly recognizing, reevaluating, and revising a patient’s plan of care.  My years of nursing experience and education can be built upon to ensure successful program completion and post graduate career success and professional advancement.

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