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I am a 35 year old female, of Italian heritage, born and raised in Long Island, New York. I lost my mother at the age of 17 and became the primary care giver for my younger siblings at that time, I also became a mother myself at a comparatively early age. These experiences fired my interest in the care and nursing of infants and mothers. I feel strongly that my decision to enter nursing was less a career choice than a response to a vocation and I feel privileged to have been able to fulfill that vocation.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Molloy College studying for my BSN and have since regarded the College as my academic and professional ‘home’. Having obtained my MSN degree, I was thrilled to be able to return there to teach and I feel very grateful to be able to ‘give something back’ to nursing and especially to do so in such an excellent and positive academic environment as that provided at the College.
I have extensive professional experience in providing nursing and healthcare for expectant mothers, new mothers, other women and children of various ages during my career and have done so in a variety of settings. It is my great hope to be able to contribute to the nursing academic community by undertaking research. Being especially interested in the areas of women’s health and lactation, I hope to undertake a research study linking post-partum care and/or nursing home care to an increased rate of success for exclusive breast-feeding.
I believe that I possess the relevant dedication, skills, professional and personal background and experience together with relevant personal qualities to enable me to gain substantial benefits from the College’s PhD program and to make a significant contribution to the College and the science of nursing through pursuing my intended field of research.
Having successfully completed the PhD program, it would be my hope to be appointed to the nursing faculty as a full time nursing professor and be thus enabled to share my great passion for nursing with my students and to inspire them professionally, academically and personally. I should also wish to be actively involved in further nursing research in the area of maternal child health, to publish regular research and write a book on the subject of lactation. I should also seek to be actively involved in nursing at a policy level especially as an advocate for breast-feeding in the workplace. I also hope to open the first milk donor bank in the New York area.
Thank you for considering my application for the PhD program.