Personal statement indicating why I would be a good candidate for admissions to the MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
-received RN license in 2010
-first job was at an acute inpatient psychiatric hospital
-current job is at the Veterans Hospital in an outpatient psychiatric unit
-I discovered that i loved mental health and making a real difference, many have no body who will advocate for these patients and I wanted to make a difference, I love what I do and i love working with the MH population
-I’ve worked in many different settings, including acute psychiatric hospital, outpatient Mh clinic, ER, Mental Health Crisis Evaluation team, veterans with PTSD, homeless population, many different areas
-I’ve stayed working in Mental health because it is my calling and I want to advance my skills and education and put it in good use to make a difference in the MH community
-11 years strictly working in psychiatric nursing field
-Growing up as a first generation Hispanic MH is not well received nor recognized, it is frowned upon and I want to educate the Hispanic community about MH and the services around, inform them that MH is a real diagnosis and common, get rid of the stigma with mental health
-as a MH nurse i have learned patience, respect, and learned how to value myself as well
I am applying for a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) program because I want to help people with mental illness through increased access to specialized health care. Since childhood, I have been passionate about serving others. In pursuit of this passion, I am applying for the PMHNP program. My interest in a service career to others through psychiatric nursing was triggered by my experience with the mentally ill in society. Growing up, I discovered that individuals with mental illnesses face many challenges in accessing inadequate healthcare, stigmatization, and disrespect; thus, they require somebody to advocate for these needs. I also grew up around social issues such as homelessness that could have been prevented through adequate mental health care. I, therefore, want to make a real difference in caring for this population, to address such preventable social issues.
Besides, I have loved working with the mental health population ever since I was young as I engaged in voluntary activities in various psychiatric facilities. In pursuit of this passion, I enrolled for a BSN degree and received my RN license in 2010. The nursing programs equipped me with basic skills in psychiatric nursing that have helped me deliver basic psychiatric care in various behavioral care settings as a registered nurse. A career as a PMNHP is a natural extension of my personal, educational, and practice experiences.
My interest in psychiatric care has further grown during my 11 years of experience as an RN strictly working in the psychiatric nursing field. After receiving my RN licensure, my first job was at an acute inpatient psychiatric hospital. Since then, I have worked in many settings, including an acute psychiatric hospital, outpatient mental health clinic, ER, Mental Health Crisis Evaluation team, veterans with PTSD, homeless population, many other areas. My current job is at the Veterans Hospital in an outpatient psychiatric unit. The experience has helped me realize I love what I do, and I love working with the mental health population. This has increased my passion in the field, thus prompting my decision to pursue a PMHNP to increase my knowledge. Besides, during these appointments, I gained more experience in psychiatric nursing roles essential in the PMHNP program.
I also further understand the physiological underpinnings of various psychiatric disorders and their treatment, growing my interest in mental healthcare. In addition, during my practice as a mental health nurse, I have learned patience, respect, and how to value myself. Therefore, over the years, I have stayed working in Mental health because it is my calling, and I want to advance my skills and education and put them to good use to make a difference in the mental health community.
I am a progressive person, thus keeping up with the changing trends in psychiatric care. I want to improve psychiatric care by providing evidence-based care and making mental health care humane. In addition, I hope to create awareness on psychiatric issues most relevant to the global population. I am concerned that most racial minority groups, downplay the importance of mental health care, resulting in inadequate care for this population. For instance, growing up as a first-generation Hispanic, mental health is not well received nor recognized; it is frowned upon. I want to educate the Hispanic community about mental health and the services around, inform them that mental health is a real diagnosis and common as well as get rid of the stigma with mental health. I look forward to providing patient, family, and community education to enlighten them on the benefits of proper mental health treatment. As a future nurse practitioner, I hope to continue helping patients with mental health issues. This psychiatric nurse program will provide me with the specialized training that I will need to become a nurse practitioner.
My short-term goal is to complete the PMHNP program and become a nurse practitioner. My long-term goal is to provide specialized psychiatric care to remote populations. And continue advocating for the needs of psychiatric nurses and patients. To accomplish these goals, I must acquire advanced knowledge in psychiatric nursing. In that regard, I sincerely hope to have the chance to join your master’s program soon.