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Post-MSN, FNP Certificate Program

March 26, 2013

I am driven to advance as a nursing professional. Thus, I am applying to your Post MSN-FNP Certificate program to fulfill my long-term goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. I hold a BS in Nursing and Health Education along with a Masters in Nursing. I have completed and maintained certifications in BLS, ACLS, PALS, NALS, ENCP, and TNCC. My drive for excellence and my compassion are my greatest assets, especially my devotion to my patients.

 I have spent the last 12 years as an ER Nurse in Las Vegas hospitals. Our primary foci are cardiac, respiratory, neurological, and gastrointestinal care with specialty accreditations in heart, stroke, and diabetes. My colleagues often rely on me and applaud my efforts to consistently go that extra mile in patient care. On many occasions, my supervisors have complemented my sound judgment in assessment, planning, implementing, evaluating, and documenting patient care. I have a lot of experience as a critical care nurse and, as a result, I have become highly skilled in analyzing and coordinating efficient emergency room activities. My core competencies include, but are not limited to; triage, rhythm interpretation, physical assessments, treatment planning, evaluations, medication administration, and intravenous therapy, documentation, and staff/student supervision.  I have received high performance and service excellence awards from my superiors, co-workers, patients, students and family members for my calm and reassuring presence during patient care.

I also work part time as a Nursing Instructor for the College of XXXX. I have experienced an amazing sense of success and accomplishment when watching new nurses “come into their own” and become part of the team. Furthermore, with so many nurses leaving the field, it is imperative to properly recruit and train future nurses in a positive, inviting manner.

 My problem solving skills are illustrated by my experience teaching on a surgical floor and discovering that the nurses on the unit were NOT utilizing a "one needle one patient" rule for insulin pens. (My nursing students and I were considered "guests" in their facility.) Nevertheless, I brought the matter to the attention of my superiors and it turned out that this was due to a system-wide error and the hospital went on to implement a new teaching plan in this area.

 I thrive at peak performance during crisis situations. One example of this is when the cath lab had a patient on a table that caught fire. Alarm pulled, overhead page sent out, thick smoke, poor visibility; my coworker called the fire department as I started the evacuation. We gave the patient pain medication and dressed her wounds as the physician intubated for airway protection. I quickly arranged the transfer with critical care to send her to the local burn hospital.  I truly love my job and know that I do make a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis; for me, this is the absolute reward of this incredible profession. I see nursing education is the central key to enhancing our profession. I feel confident that I have leadership potential that will enable me to excel in your program. I look forward to devoting the balance of my professional life to the enhancement of patient care.

 

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