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FNP, Diabetes Prevention, Columbian Nurse

The University of XXXX is my first choice for earning my Masters Degree in Nursing because of its sheer excellence, reflected in its high ranking, and the great variety of specializations that you offer as part of your broad-based curriculum. I also have several close friends who graduated from your program and have had only good things to say about the experience.

My parents brought me to Tulsa, Oklahoma from our native Colombia when I was 5 years old. Since that time, I had the enormous privilege of growing up much like any other healthy girl with a loving family in Tulsa, except that I had something special, being Colombian, a Latina from Latin America, speaking Spanish along with English as dual native languages. Since I have given my professional life to nursing and now very much hope to become a FNP, it brings me the greatest of joy to do so as a highly active member of my community in Tulsa, paying special attention to the underserved, increasing numbers of which are Latinos, migrants and their children, vulnerable people in great need of assistance. I feel strongly that the greatest contribution that I can make to my community is to help meet growing healthcare demands as an FNP, compensating for a shortage of or lack of access to physicians. I hope to open my own family practice clinic at some point that not only sets an example in caring for the underserved but also treats patients in a holistic fashion that takes into account their family, mental health, and spiritual situation or circumstances. I want to give my life to preventive medicine at the same time that I practice nursing, educating towards wellness and optimal patient health outcomes. I also hope to earn my DNP Degree at some point after gaining further experience as an FNP. Teaching at least part time would be another professional dream come true.

I speak both Spanish and English as mother tongues or first languages. A highly self-motivated professional, I have worked enormously hard throughout my adult life and even as an adolescent, preparing myself for a professional lifetime of nursing.  I am well versed in the technologies used by the Public Health Investigation + Disease Detection of Oklahoma (PHIDDO). I have ten years of experience in directing and supervising nurse aids, registered medical assistants, and LPNs in the management of patient care.  Excelling both without supervision and in a team environment – especially under pressure, I am a good listener with a steady focus.

I look forward to extensive participation in research concerning the prevention and reversal of type II diabetes. Working full time as an RN since 2006, my first year was spent in the med search unit taking care of patients with multiple medical diagnoses, constantly improving the accuracy of my assessments, technical and organizational skills, always taking into consideration the priority of patient safety and outcomes, first and foremost. From 2007-2013, I worked as a public health nurse in the immunization and tuberculosis department. In both of these areas I served as a Senior Nurse, helping to train nurses as well as educating patients, particularly with respect to the importance of life-saving immunizations. I worked as a team leader in the Emergency Preparedness Immunizations mass prophylaxis for H1N1. In 2008, 2009 and 2012, I was nominated employee of the quarter. Every five years or so since I was 10 years old in 1983, I have accompanied my grandparents to Colombia as part of a medical and dental mission to the Natagaima to attend to the health care needs of the town’s elderly people, working alongside doctors and nurses who are part of the International Lions Club in Colombia to help the elderly in their homes. I have now been assisting the Doctors and nurses since I was only ten years old, learning as much as possible each time. At first, I focused on developing great talent in the art of foot massage. When we returned in 1988 and then again in 1993 I was still famous among the abuelitos (grandparents) for my massages. By1999 my grandmother was gone and my grandfather was ill, so I made the trip to Colombia along with several friends who are doctors. Since that time, every five years since we have returned to Natagaima.

I began my nursing career as a Nurse Aid, then a Nurse Technician serving at the hospital and then became a Registered Medical Assistant working in different clinical settings saving money to go to college. When I began, at first I had difficulty making good grades and working a full time plus a part time job in order to pay for college. Soon, however, my grades improved and I earned an AS Degree in Liberal Arts. By the time I had declared nursing as my major, my grades and improved enormously, finishing my BSN in 2014.

I have served as a volunteer interpreter in hospitals and medical settings for Tulsa’s Spanish-speaking community since 1991 along with helping out with mass immunizations at clinics and emergency preparedness for Tulsa County. Finally, I have also given countless hours to the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program in Tulsa because I hope to distinguish myself in this area in particular.

Thank you for considering my application.

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