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Sample 1st Paragraph MSN Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program

My last 8 years have been spent in the United States Army serving as a Respiratory Therapist. During my time serving my country I abandoned my original course of study in business and earned my BSN because I came to deeply love caring for the ill and wounded, helping them to heal: thus, nursing. Now 32 and a very serious, dedicated, and experienced nurse, I feel strongly that it is my optimal time to excel in graduate school. UXXX is my first choice because I love the diversity of your university and the surrounding area. I have now lived and worked in China, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mexico, Peru, and Costa Rica; but California will always be my home. As an ethnic-Chinese who speaks intermediate Spanish and seeks to improve on a daily basis, I feel most at home in San Francisco.

Geriatric Nursing Issues and Trends in Allocation of Resources

Depression, delirium, and dementia are major health problems in primary and long-term care. There is a shortage of mental health providers overall, but this is especially true for psychiatrists specializing in gerontology. Advanced practice nurses, such as GNPs, could fill this gap in delivery of mental healthcare for older adults.

Mairi Chisholm

Mairi Chisholm was a Scottish motorbike fanatic! Her penchant for hairpin turns won her an invitation to join the Flying Ambulance Corps in Belgium. She and her motorcyclist friend Elsie Knocker joined forces and were soon doing vital wartime work ferrying wounded soldiers to a field hospital in Furnes.

Mairi was also tasked with taking mutilated corpses to the mortuary – what a job! However, discouraged by the number of men they were losing, Mairi and Elsie decided to leave the Corps. They had something else in mind.

They found an abandoned cellar in Pervyse, and set up their own illegal dressing station around 100 yards from the trenches!

With no affiliation to the Belgian Red Cross, they had to find their own supplies and help. Fortunately, they soon joined forces with the Belgian troops stationed nearby. Together, they saved the lives of thousands of men on the Belgian Western Front Ð men who would have no doubt died on their way to the Corps hospital.

Mairi was awarded the Belgian Order of Leopold II Knights Cross, the Order of Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, the 1914 Star and the British Military Medal for her efforts during the war.

Humanitarian nurses like you that are interested in psychiatric and mental health nursing may spend considerable time with soldiers who have seen similar horrors to the patients the nurses above encountered. What could be more valuable? If you are considering going into this field, but you´re not sure how professionally you come over in your persona statement, please do get in touch.

The Humanitarian Side of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing

Nurses who move into psychiatric and mental health often have a powerful story. They may have come into direct contact with these types of issues, and understand exactly just how important the role nurses play in the health care system is.

Many nurses have many options. They could become a teacher, a mother or even a doctor. But they choose to become nurses. Others choose to do humanitarian work during a war.

Dorothie Feilding

Dorothie Feilding is heralded as one of the greatest nurses of World War I. She was born into an aristocratic family in Warwickshire, England. She was introduced to the King and Queen of England when she was 18 years old. But Feilding renounced her entitled upbringing and jumped into the war effort with both feet, becoming an ambulance driver.

She started working with a volunteer unit in Belgium. The Western Front soon provided many challenges, such as driving under enemy fire, dealing with inconvenient marriage proposals and lice.

Feilding was easy-going and charismatic. Her bravery earned her a French Croix de Guerre (a bronze star), a Belgian Order of Leopold II Knights Cross, and the English Military Medal for Bravery, which was presented to her by King George V at Windsor Castle.

Florence Farmborough

Florence Farmborough was a woman of many talents. She put them to good use during the war. Farmborough left Britain for Russia in 1908, and worked as a governess for a family in Kiev. Next, she worked as an English teacher tutoring the daughters of an accomplished heart surgeon. However, when war broke out, she chose to join the Imperial Russian army as a Red Cross nurse.

Farmborough served and tended to the wounded on the Galician and Romanian military fronts. She was a dedicated nurse, but she also worked as a reporter for The Times and BBC Radio!

Using extracts from her journals, the book Nurse at the Russian Front was first published in 1974. It details all of Farmborough’s wartime nursing experiences. Check it out.

Julia C. Stimson

Julia C. Stimson was energetic, charismatic, courageous, and determined. She needed to be to make a difference during the Great War. She was one of the few young women of her day to get an undergraduate degree, and earned a place at Vassar College at the incredibly young age of 16.

Her career path eventually led her into the Army Nurse Corps. In May 1917, she went to France with Base Hospital 21. By 1918, American Red Cross in France had made her chief nurse.

A short time later, she was pulled back from the front-line. She was asked to take a vital administrative role in Paris, managing the nursing service of the American Expeditionary Forces.

Thousands of wounded soldiers received good medical care as a result of her efforts. She was awarded the United States Distinguished Service Medal at the end of the war. After the war was over, she carried on working as a nurse and was a key recruiter of female nurses for WWII. She was the first woman to be awarded the rank of major in the U.S. army. What a lady!

Alice Ross-King

Alice Ross-King worked for the Royal Australian Imperial Force (AIF). She survived a German air attack at the Casualty Clearing station where she was working in Omer, France. Just five days after her arrival in Omer, German planes bombed the station.

Missiles descended out of the night sky and exploded all around her, throwing her to the ground. She staggered back to her feet and bombs were bursting around the buildings and tents. Alice ran straight into the danger zone to try and save whoever she could. This inspirational service under enemy fire earned her the Military Medal for her devotion to duty.

Anna Caroline Maxwell

Not all of the great nurses worked on the frontline. Anna Caroline Maxwell, the “American Florence Nightingale,” worked behind the scenes. Her dedication to education and improved standards contributed to the prestigious profession that nursing is today.

Anna played a role in establishing the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She also helped ensured nurses were awarded military ranks. Her main focus through the years was education and training: she was the director of the Presbyterian Hospital’s nursing school (which later became Columbia University’s School of Nursing).

All this work and training was vital during the outbreak of World War I. Using her administrative gifts and educational programs, she prepared nurses for active service.

The French government awarded Anna Caroline Maxwell the Medaille de l’Hygiene Publique (the Medal of Honor for Public Health).