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DNP Psychiatric Nursing, PTSD, Schizophrenia

Originally from India, I am a nurse who has been making her home here in America since 2004, coming to the USA as a result of my marriage. I now have a strong clinical background in psychiatric nursing working with all age groups of patients for the past 7 years. For the past 3 years, I have been working as a psychiatric NP with adults and developing a special interest in and passion for our geriatric population in particular. I love to constantly update my knowledge and apply evidence based treatment in my daily practice; and I feel strongly that I have a lot of energy and creativity to give working towards my maximum contribution to nursing in terms of research as well as nursing practice. I look forward to many decades to come of special service to and research concerning both perinatal and geriatric populations - after earning the DNP Degree at XXXX University.

I see my great passion and concern for mental health issues as rooted in my experience of being born and raised in India where there is lot of stigma associated with mental illness, so much so that it is simply hidden away or swept under the rug, especially historically, to the extent to which it was possible to do so. This has always bothered me and stays with me today. Even though most people in India are educated, negative stereotypes about the mentally ill continue to be widespread if not the norm. Thus, I am especially highly motivated to serve at the front lines of community education, both here in America and back home in India about the importance seeking professional help for those who suffer as a result of mental health concerns and issues. I look forward to continuing to reach out to young mothers suffering postpartum depression, in particular, helping them to more fully express themselves and encouraging them to seek help and belief. I want to see every new mother fully enjoying her little bundle of joy. My short term goal is to earn the DNP Degree through XXXX University so that I will increasingly become better at what I presently do, caring for patients as a psychiatric NP.

It is my dream to also teach nursing part time at some point in my career after completing my doctoral studies; sharing my knowledge and experience with the nurses that will face up to the challenges of the future. I look forward to distinguishing myself as a graduate student in your program and beyond in the area of mental health issues for women of childbearing age, especially perinatal cases. Fully dedicated to lifelong learning and interdisciplinary exploration, I find myself increasingly reading in the literature concerned with substance abuse. I anticipate that this will continue since I want to focus primarily on the challenges that confront the poor; and while substance abuse cuts across all economic and social classes, substance abuse issues presents special challenges for people of few resources. Substance abusers - and their children - of low economic status are vulnerable and warrant special attention and care. I also have a special interest and engagement with the subject of schizophrenia.

I chose my nursing environment where I currently serve primarily members of minority and underserved populations. I enjoy the challenge and feel passionate about the issues: immigrants with multiple psycho-social stressors and adjustment issues to cultural differences. I have several clients from Pakistan and Afghanistan, for example who are victims of terrorism and suffer from PTSD. Many of my clients are here seeking refugee asylum. I am an especially good fit with your program at XXXX since your mission is to develop leaders in nursing who will be able to make important contributions to global health needs, especially the needs of the underserved. I thank you for your consideration of my application.

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