Readiness for Advance Practice Nursing

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My decision to apply to Masters in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program was not an easy one, given my compelling journey in nursing. Although I have been a registered nurse for three years, my passion for nursing started a decade ago. As a teenager, I was always fascinated by the nurses who took care of me at the hospital. I admired how they made a difference in people’s lives. Subsequently, I started volunteering to a nearby hospital to get acquainted with the reality of caring for others. Shortly, my grandfather had a Cerebrovascular accident and became debilitated. My passion for nursing became driven by purpose because I wanted to take care of my grandparents. I started as a Nurse assistant then to Licensed vocational nurse, and ten years later, I became a Registered nurse. I practiced for a year, and the following year I went back to school for a bachelor degree. Nonetheless, my journey also presented me with more compelling challenges. These challenges tested my passion for nursing, perseverance and decision making skills, which are essentials for advance learning. In this paper, I will use pertinent life experiences to show understanding of concept of motivation, excellence in performance and application of knowledge. I will also discuss how a successful integration of these concepts in my nursing career has given me the foundation for advanced practice nursing. At the age of eighteen, the tension at home was unbearable with my step mother and I moved out seeking independence and a career in nursing. The two tools I had were motivation and intelligence. By this time, I was determined to become a nurse and advance my career, no matter how long the journey takes. After careful consideration, I chose a ladder approach beca... ... middle of paper ... ...y the concept of motivation, excellence performance and knowledge. My proficiency in these three concepts has given me a good foundation for advanced practice nursing. However, my experiences through volunteerism, per diem and travel nursing were rich, liberating and unequaled. Especially, the opportunity to independently teach and care for the medically underserved area, whether under the auspices of my church and/or employers. I currently participates with local events such as Pasadena homeless shelter and Susan G. Komen’s breast cancer walk. Conclusively, I have learnt that the key concepts for success are strong motivation, excellence in practice and application of knowledge. Resultantly, the fact that I have successfully integrated these concepts in my personal, professional and academic life, attests to my readiness for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program.

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