Nursing has been around since ancient times. People have needed the healing hands of nurses for thousands upon thousands of years. In Africa, the healing techniques of witch doctors and medicine men were taught to chosen children. The medicine men and witch doctors were like the nurses for the entire village. However, these more primitive techniques have evolved into much more evidence-based practices. In the mid-1800s, as America was growing, socially, and economically, there was a higher demand for nurses due to people getting hurt more often. During the Civil War of 1861 many soldiers, from both the Union and the south, were traumatically injured. An Abundance of nurses were needed to compensate the massive number of patients. One African American woman had a passion for people and the drive to make a difference. Mary Eliza Mahoney was born May 7, 1845. She is recognized as being the first African-American professional nurse. Mary worked extremely hard to provide the best care for her patients. Mary went through a nurse training program, was inducted into the national association of colored graduate nurses, which later joined with the American Nurses Association, and she was inducted into American Nurses Association hall of fame, where there is a prestigious nursing award named after her.
Coming from a third world country where there aren’t many opportunities for work and funding for education, proceding to nursing school was a grand opportunity. The privilege to attend a government subsidized school where top students in the region compete to get into the program that allowed only 60 students per year was indeed a blessing. As clinical rotations began, what was once considered a mere opportunity evolved into a true passion for caring as I truly love and enjoy nursing and helping people.
I should be considered for the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Scholarship because I have proved and accomplished more than what I thought I would be capable of in my education, I am passionate for the health industry, and I financially need to be to succeed. I will continue my education by pursuing my goal to become a Registered Nurse. I first considered Registered Nursing when I joined the Health Academy and realized how passionate I was to help others. Throughout my years in the Health Academy, my passion grew drastically. My summer of 2015 was dedicated to two internships; one being a Medical Assistant (200 hours) and another as a Physical Therapy Aide (80 hours). These internships helped me get an inside perspective of how nurses go above and beyond their everyday duties to ensure patient care, setting a standard for me to go above and beyond in terms of my education, my service to others, and in life. With the changes in college tuition having increased and state support for college students having taken a decrease over the last couple of years, this scholarship would benefit me tremendously in my goals to continue my education.
Emphasis on cultural sensitivity and awareness is most efficacious in resolving cultural competency because the solution is both practical and simple. By providing training programs within health care settings that specifically focus on cultural sensitivity and awareness, physicians will learn to respond effectively to their Hispanic patients’ needs that show knowledge of their cultural differences. “One-size-fits all” types of prevention and treatment models cannot be applied to Hispanic patients and expect beneficial outcomes, thus “the challenge is for physicians to move beyond their belief systems and values and expand their world views to validate how others function”
I volunteer at Children’s Medical Center in Plano where I learned the importance of teamwork and communication in a hospital environment. I volunteered as a child life specialist.I fed babies while parents got food, played video games with teenagers that had cancer, and provided drinks to children while they played with toys.I understood the toll and sacrifice families and patients made to get the help they needed.I learned that facial expressions, body language, and context clues were just as important as what the patient says in order to figure out patient’s needs.This further developed my knowledge of adolescent behavior in a hospital settings.My most fulfilling volunteer experience occurred during this past year when I was helping an elderly hospice Parkinson’s patient.He had moved to Texas to live with his son due to his progressive disease was wheelchair bound.I began to take him on weekly rides around the neighborhood where we would have long thoughtful discussions.It was a joy to know that with my help he was able to go outside to feel fresh breeze and sun on his face for the first time in many years.I loved knowing that I was making the end of this gentleman’s life a little better by just having a conversation and talking him for a ride.Even though I was able to see his health deteriorate before my eyes as he could less on his own as the days went on I
I began volunteering three months ago, but my time there has been memorable and captivating. I love what I do because I love to help those in need, especially those who are unable to care for themselves. Every time I walk through the ER, I feel as though I make a difference in these people’s lives. It gives me a sense of community and purpose, even if my purpose is to provide hot coffee, blankets, and comforting words to our patients. But what I learned is that a small cup of coffee and a smile is a gesture that goes a long
Rain is a natural occurrence and in Miami County, Ohio the average precipitation rate is approximately 38 inches a year. The average yearly rain fall across the United States is 36.5 inches yearly; they are close in comparison (Sperling’s Best Places, 2015). However, if rain comes down quickly or in large quantities a flood can occur. In Ohio during the year of 2005, a major disaster was declared by the president because of damage from mudslides and floods (City-Data.com, 2015). I chose flooding as a natural disaster to explore. I will discuss the different stages of a disaster in this paper.
This portfolio represents the professional and academical achievements of my educational career in the course over the years. It is the compilation of the hard work I have completed and my accomplishments that illustrate my strengths, problem-solving ability, work ethic, responsibility and moral and professional values. All of the education obtained during these years and the effort put in has given me the required knowledge, experience, values, professional behaviors, and ethical standards to make me a stronger and well prepared professional nurse. It has been a long journey since I started my nursing education becoming a CNA, nurse assistant, then a practical nurse LPN. Continuing with my education I became a registered nurse (RN) and now I am finishing my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. All this education has provided me with the abilities, knowledge, strengths, work ethics to be a proud and efficient professional working in the competitive nursing field.
My knowledge in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) continues to expand as I progress through the DNP program. The knowledge I have attained while in the study of the DNP I and DNP II is priceless. For example, recognizing stakeholders and utilizing networking has helped me to progress on my DNP project (Gokenbach, 2012). I also have a better understanding as well as the purpose of a DNP project. My mentors have been great in directing me in remaining on the right track. The assigned readings and the instructions in the curriculum continue to aid me in reaching my outcomes.
Nursing, and everything that it entails, cannot be easily described in just one simple word or phrase. It goes beyond the meaning of a profession and the stereotypical definition of treating the ill. Nursing is the “protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations” (American Nurses Association, 2010, p. 1). Therefore, it is a career that requires dedication, passion, critical thinking, and knowledge. It demands commitment and an understanding of its core values and concepts, as well as the nurse’s own personal philosophy and principles.
This is a personal statement for my application to the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration in the Ball State School of Nursing. My personal statement provides details on my personal background and the unique impact that Family Nurse Practitioners have had on my life. I describe my undergraduate studies and how I firsthand gained interest as well as insight on the skills of a Family Nurse Practitioner. I go into detail about my aspiration to be a Family Nurse Practitioner to directly affect the patient care of a variety of patient populations. The personal statement connects qualities of my current practice as a Registered Nurse to the proficiencies of a Family Nurse Practitioner. I describe my learning habits and how the plan of study that Ball State offers coincides with my current work life. I conclude by describing the skills I attain and connect those skills to the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration at Ball State.
Nurses (both Licensed Vocational Nurses and Registered Nurses) make up the largest part of the health care, and have greater opportunities practicing in different disciplines and departments. In Black’s Professional Nursing, he states, “the profession of nursing is more than ever requiring the education of well-trained, flexible, and knowledgeable nurses who can practice in today’s evolving health care environment.” (Black, 2017, p.1).
I learned that the clinic saw mostly Medicaid patients and racial and ethnic minorities. The clinic provided Spanish interpreters and the physicians and PAs provided high quality and culturally competent care. The collaboration between the providers was one of mutual trust and respect. The physicians and PAs communicated effectively and utilized the strengths of each profession to enhance the quality of care. They worked seamlessly with one other to provide children with diagnostics, routine check-ups, vaccination, and therapeutic and preventative medical care.