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Sample Personal Statement of Purpose for the DNP and Post-Master's Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner

I earned my MSN at XXXX University in 2003 and I hope to now return to also earn my DNP Degree along with a Post-Master's Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner. This will round out my education to the top level, the cutting-edge of nursing science and provide me with the maximum opportunity to prepare myself for additional levels of responsibility and opportunity as a health care professional here in Arkansas, where I have developed a lifetime research base and focus on issues in rural health and the nursing contribution to health care. In particular, I see my role as that of improving the access and quality of medical care for patients who suffer from mental illness and addictions in rural Arkansas. Like much of rural America, rural Arkansas has seen alarming rises in certain types of drug abuse and dependents, most notably opioids, at the same time that cuts are being made to Medicaid which serves as a lifeline for many thousands of addicts. In this kind of context, special opportunities emerge for creative, enterprising and hard-working DNPs to step in and save lives, serving alongside and in support of overworked and overstretched psychiatrists.

 I completed the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program at XXXX in 2005 and received the finest education possible in integrating psychiatric care into the primary care setting. Now that I have 12 years of experience under my belt, it is time for me to earn the DNP to maximize my contribution and realize my lifelong goal of at some point mentoring young dual-certified nurse practitioners on how to co-treat patients with mental illness, addictions and medical problems. My ideal job or position would be the director of nursing in a medical center in Arkansas that provides excellent co-treatment to these patients.

Life has thrown many difficult tests and hurdles my way; nevertheless, I see them as the spice of life, embracing challenges with zest; my curiosity, drive, and determination increase incrementally each day that I serve. It is my people who sustain me, day after day, serving in the same rural, underserved area of Arkansas. I am a hillbilly myself, have spent almost my entire life in this area, and I doubt that will never change. I have now enjoyed enormously more than a decade of service as an APNP providing psychiatric care to patients who suffer from chronic mental illness and/or addictions. This population of patients remain dear to my heart. I appreciate the broad diversity of people afflicted by mental illness and addictions and the equally broad diversity of manifestations and personal challenges faced by my patients. I accompany them on their journey and try to steer them towards life and recovery and often we have success, which makes it all worthwhile. This is not always the case, however, and suicide rates are spiking in Arkansas, drug overdoses complimenting already high levels of gun violence. Each year in America we lose as many Americans to opioid overdose alone as we lost in Vietnam. It is almost like we are under attack. I want to serve on the front lines and bring the death rates down. I have developed a strong, therapeutic rapport and my patients understand that I am committed to walking the journey with them and doing everything that I can to help them to heal.


Patients suffering from mental illness and/or addictions usually have many co-morbid health problems such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. Unfortunately, the co-morbid health problems often go untreated. Several years ago, my current employer opened a 24-bed acute psychiatric unit for adult patients. The medical providers have been unwilling to provide the initial history and physicals. This has resulted in requiring all mental health patients to be re-evaluated in the emergency room for medical clearance, representing a huge barrier to care. I need the DNP for a variety of reasons, in particular, however, to be able to most effectively treat these co-morbid conditions. This is what has kindled my passion and desire for further education and knowledge. Obtaining a DNP will help me develop the knowledge and skills needed to make an impact on the organization as a whole and hopefully serve as an agent of progressive change that improves the access and quality of care for patients with mental illness and/or addictions.  Obtaining the Post-Master’s Certificate as an FNP will also increase the scope of my ability to practice, allowing me to treat both the medical and psychiatric conditions of my patients most effectively.  It is my hope that I will be accepted back to XXXX to complete my education at the doctoral level and I thank you for considering my application. 

Sample 1st Paragraph MSN FNP Statement of Educational and Professional Goals in Nursing

I will be completing my BSN Degree at XXXX University, this coming May, 2014. I am in love with nursing school and I want to continue on to graduate school in your program. In fact, I am planning to move back in with my parents in XXXX, California before beginning graduate school in your distinguished program at XXXX University for several reasons, primarily to cut expenses so that I will not have to work full time while a student in your program and, thus, in a position to give of myself 100% to your distinguished and competitive program. My short term goal is to excel in your program and complete it with distinction, in preparation for fulfilling my long term goal of becoming the finest possible FNP with the rich rewards of a lifetime of dedication to Family Nursing practice on the front lines of service to some of the most vulnerable and underserved residents of California.

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Sample 1st Paragraph for the MSN FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner African Man

XXXX University is my first choice for graduate school because I see it as America’s finest online program in preparation for becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am a young man from Africa who now has 8 years of nursing experience in America, in both med-surg and telemetry clinical settings providing nursing care to patients with complex and highly varied needs.  Completing the MSN through the Simmons School will enable me to fulfill both of my short term goals—continuing to serve full time as a nurse here in the Houston area at the same time that I learn how to enhance the quality of my service to patients and assume new responsibilities, by giving my all to your MSN program. Every ounce of energy that I do not give to my hospital I have reserved for earning my MSN. I also see the intellectual sophistication of your program as ideal for my long term goal of contributing to the improvement of nursing care in my native Africa. I feel strongly that African men are among the finest nurses in the world and I want to contribute to the propagation of this image.

Statements of Excellence for the FNPs of Tomorrow

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Sample 1st Paragraph Family Dynamics FNP Goal Statement Sample, Older, Non-traditional Nurse from Philippines.

Now 52 years old and an accomplished and experienced nurse, I look forward to contributing to the diversity of your program at XXXX University as someone born and raised in the Philippines who has paid close attention to issues of diversity in nursing. I feel strongly that diversity issues have special relevance for the Family Nurse Practitioner because family dynamics always take place in a cultural context and the central role of the FNP is to orchestrate the healing and recovery process not only for the patient but also the patient’s family, to serve as an advocate for the patient and his or her family, and to as a leader, taking the initiative in disease prevention in the community.