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FNP, Born and Raised in Haiti, Diabetes

May 22, 2017

Massachusetts is my second home after my native Haiti and the University of XXXX is my first choice for graduate school for a variety of reasons in addition to your location, most of all the sheer excellence of your program. Born and raised in my native Haiti until the age of 17, coming to America, learning English, 2 years in Miami and then Boston, my adult life has been a wonderful uphill climb so far.  Now 45 years old, I have 18 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and I feel strongly that now is the best time for me to advance my career an exercise my increasing capacity for leadership.

I have many years of experience working primarily with patients who have diabetes. My steadily increasing passion for fighting this dreadful disease is perhaps the principal reason why I hope very much to enroll in your distinguished nursing program at XXXX for the fall of next year, 2016. Once I become a Family Nurse Practitioner, then I will have the tools that I need to give my all to my community, both here in Massachusetts and back in Haiti as well.

The difficult time that I had upon my arrival in America, struggling to earn a high school degree, was complicated by the arrival of my two children. I had no parents of my own in America to help me and I ended up having to send my children home to my mother in Haiti—visiting them once a year. But by 1996 I was in a position to care for them again and they came back to the USA.  I finished my Associates Degree in 1997 and after that supporting them was a little easier. Since my children came back in 1996, I have only returned to Haiti for my father’s funeral and a handful of other occasions. Nevertheless, I anticipate building new, professional bonds with Haiti, once I become a nurse practitioner, participating in medical missions, etc.

I have carried a dream with me throughout my entire life of starting an orphanage, a home for children who have no parents, in Haiti. Becoming a Nurse Practitioner will help me to realize that long term goal as well. I almost never had to take a sick day and when I did it was because of my children. Watching the earthquake devastate Haiti and the aftermath, live images on TV, in early 2010, upset me so profoundly that I was simply unable to work for several days, especially after learning that my 21 year old nephew was one of the victims. I wanted to be there; and these feelings for Haiti are intensifying as time goes by. I think more and more of serving on medical missions back to Haiti and I look forward to learning and studying more about my options as a Master’s student in our program.

I am proud of the fact that I put myself through college working as a nursing assistant, and helped my mother and sibling come to America. I always worked 2 jobs as a single parent. Both of my children have now finished college and my oldest, 28, recently married. I always loved going to school when I had the chance to do so. Now is my time. Most recently, I have been studying online in preparation for enrollment in your program for the Fall of 2016.

I assure you that I will put my nurse practitioner license to work on behalf of those who are in the greatest need of my help and expertise which will include both on -site services and outreach care, shelter visits, school and community health education seminars, etc.

My interest in fighting diabetes goes back all the way to when I was 14 years old and my grandfather—who I absolutely adored—was diagnosed with diabetes. His wife and I shared the challenge of caring for him, focusing primarily on meal preparation, cutting carbohydrates and laboring to convince him to eat more fruits and vegetables. In fact, that is about the only thing that we were able to do. We did not even have a way to monitor his blood sugar on a regular basis. And this is still all too often the case in Haiti with those who suffer from diabetes and those who struggle to care for them with so very few resources. Thus, finally, for my grandpa and so many like him who suffer from this dreaded disease, I hope to participate in public education programs designed to help diabetes victims in Haiti, at some point in my career. These kits would include oral medication, insulin, insulin delivery supplies, lancets, meters, pumps, extra batteries, and a quick-acting source of glucose, all with detailed instructions and illustrations in Creole.

I have wanted to pursue my central long term goal for many years now and I feel that this is the right time. I am looking forward to giving my all and undivided attention to my studies at XXXX U. I ask for your inspiration and empowerment so that I might give something back to both of my communities, Haiti as well as Massachusetts. I thank you for considering my application.

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