Nursing has been my life now for many years and I feel that I am especially well prepared to continue my study towards the terminal degree in my field, the Ph.D. I am a pediatric and family nurse practitioner with an MS in Nursing. I have already completed a post-Masters in Pediatric Nursing, and I am licensed and experienced in both Pediatric Nursing and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am currently working towards a post masters in child and adolescent psychiatric nursing. I will be graduating in 8/08 and plan on working in an inner city clinic in New York City providing primary psychiatric services to children and adolescents. I also have many years of nursing experience and I feel strongly that this also helps to make me an excellent candidate for the XXXX Online Ph.D. Program.
Your program represents an opportunity for me to give my all to the quest of being one of those visionary scholars who through a lot of really hard word is able to make important contributions to the field of nursing, especially with respect to children with psychological challenges. I take a special interest in the struggles of minority children as I have become increasingly aware over the years of the entrenched character of the social problems of our society that serve to handicap and marginalized those who are weakest among us, blocking their realization of their full potential. I celebrate diversity in our systems of medical care as well as our educational system and our society in general. I hope to some day teach nursing to a classroom that is rich with diverse ethnic-based visions of healing and protection of our children.
For me, the Ph.D. is about doing research, something which I deeply love. My primary research interest is in the area of risk taking behavior and mental health outcomes in early adolescents from minority ethnic backgrounds. I especially look forward to doing research on the question of how ethnicity and socioeconomic status influence risk taking behaviors that so very often lead to devastating mental health outcomes, especially for inner city minorities--particularly African American and Hispanic. My ideal job would be to teach child development and child and adolescent psychiatric nursing as an associate professor in a University where I would also have the opportunity to continue my research in this area. Yet, I would also be very pleased to harness the marvelous wisdom and creative techniques to which I which I will be exposed in your program to the task of constantly improving the quality of pediatric and adolescent nursing care.
I participate in a health fair to provide free blood pressure screening for Indian Sikhs in a Sikh temple of worship in Long Island, as well as free flu shots to the uninsured members of the same community. I recently visited India (2/07) with my husband who is a physician, and provided free medical care to rural villagers in North India in the state of Punjab. We are currently working on setting up free medical services for the under-privileged in both North and South India (Punjab and Mumbai, respectively). I want to thank you from the bottom of my big heart for your consideration of my application to your program.