Personal Statement for Admission Into Nurse Practitioner Program Term Paper

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Personal Statement Application for the Nurse Practitioner Program at UCSF

I first experienced the duties of a nurse practitioner in WHATEVER, a small mountain village in Nepal.

From 1996-1998, I worked as a Community Health Volunteer with the American Peace Corps. During those two years, I worked with Nepalese women and children, teaching classes on first aid, family planning and nutrition. I also organized immunization clinics, ran a health library, and conducted community needs assessments.

I have always found great fulfillment in healthcare and in being part of people's recoveries. For this reason, I majored in Kinesiology and Biology at the University of Minnesota, even working towards an application to the Physician Assistant program during my last two years. After graduation, I worked as a nursing assistant.

Since then, I have also gained greater familiarity with pharmaceuticals and the managed healthcare system in my present work with the Daiichi Corporation.

Working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, however, has significantly broadened my perspective on health and patient needs.

In the United States, many people equate healthcare with getting treatment when one is sick. However, there is much more to health than
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the occasional shot, prescription pill or worse, surgery.

As a health worker in Nepal, I was also involved in educating families about the effects of nutrition and illness on a child's growth. I helped children learn about taking care of themselves, pointing the way towards developing healthy habits and lifestyles. Together with the mothers in the village, our group assisted in developing nutritious diets based on the food that was available.

The focus was not just on treating illness, but more important, on maintaining wellness as a whole.

Perhaps no other profession best illustrates this integrated approach to healthcare than the nurse practitioner. After all, a nurse practitioner's duties do not stop at diagnosing and treating individual illnesses. Instead, a nurse practitioner looks at other factors, including nutrition, family, and lifestyle. She works with a broader definition of health, one that involves a patient's psychological and social well being, in addition to the physical.

A nurse practitioner assumes a myriad of roles - nurse, researcher, counselor, teacher and friend. By treating the patient as a whole person, rather than a person with a physical illness, the nurse practitioner is able to provide a patient with a unique standard of care.

As a nurse practitioner, I would like to focus particularly on women, family…

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