I am the first and only of 10 siblings to have earned a college degree and I love how proud my family and children are of my accomplishments. I have faced adversity and over come many life challenges. That has always kept me motivated to keep moving forward. I chose to get my DNP because I want to be able to advocate for patients not only in clinical practice, but on a higher level, one that allows me the opportunity to sit at the table with leaders and be respected and knowledgeable in my field. And I knew that Seattle University would prepare me for that goal.
I am a Seattle U alum, and I value the education I received in the past and knew I would get that same level of dedication to my success and education in this DNP program.
I feel that the CON has some of the best and most distinguished nursing leaders that are passionate about helping to make sure that the students are a success when they leave any of the nursing programs. I have made it as far as I have because of their teaching practices, support and belief in my skills and ability to succeed. Because of the education I received from SU, I was able to open my own family practice clinic, become the president of the local NP organization and volunteer many hours to the community providing health care to underserved women and helping to make sure they receive yearly cancer screenings that they would otherwise not be able to access.
My current practice is located in West Seattle, it is a family practice clinic that is open to all ages and believes everyone deserves health care while looking for ways to decrease health disparities in underserved individuals and groups. I believe in providing high quality and compassionate care without compromise while respecting the dignity and value of all in a safe and pleasant environment. I do this to remind myself where I started from and how I could easily be back there at any time, and hope that I would be provided that same service if I was in need. I have been one of the underserved, vulnerable women in need of healthcare. I always knew I wanted to make a difference and I believe I do that everyday.
I love my career and doing the work that I do, it is a humbling and rewarding job. I enjoy watching babies grow and develop, but what give me the most satisfaction is seeing the grateful smiles and hearing "thank you" from patients that feel like they were not being heard or valued by other providers. I build a collaborative relationship with patients, it allows them to make decisions in their healthcare and lets them know they have a voice. I also admit when I need to ask for help from other providers and they appreciate that. My next goal is to get my midwifery certificate/degree, which I hope to do at Seattle University as well. I think that this will allow me to be a well rounded provider and be able to keep my patients from having to form a new relationship with another provider they don't know, which is something they have requested. I will know in the spring if I have been accepted in the program, fingers crossed.
Before applying to the DNP program, I had been focusing on my clinical skill development. However, I had and continue to have a great desire to do more for my patients and my community. I knew I would make a stronger impact with more education to guide me, and more credentials to validate my work. I knew that obtaining the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree will be one of the most valuable investments for this future. At this time, leadership and community advocacy is crucial in affecting health policies. Although I strive to be a leader in my profession and an advocate for my patients, there is still a great need to formulate changes to bridge the multifaceted social class gaps. The DNP program will provide me with a chance to do research valuable to making these changes. Having been a graduate of Seattle University, I was confident that the school would reinforce my values of social justice, as I continue to strive for personal improvements in knowledge and experience, to better serve the community.
I came to Seattle University almost a decade ago after deciding to change my career to be a nurse. Over the years, I came back again and again for the MSN, then the DNP, as I wanted to further my education. This is because I strongly I believe in the Seattle University’s mission and philosophy of service, education, and social justice. A good academic program is not difficult to find in the US. However, a good academic program with a soul and a mission is easily found at Seattle University.
I have always been interested in working with vulnerable populations since I was a child. At Seattle University, this yearning is further nurtured and grown into a passionate commitment. Through the DNP capstone project, I began my work to create an ARNP Residency Program at International Community Health Services where I currently work. This project allows me to take the next step in my career; that is to be an effective leader and advocate for the community.
I currently work at International Community Health Services (ICHS), as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and as the first ARNP Residency Program Administrator. ICHS serves a diverse patient population who speak over 52 different languages, most of whom are refugees and immigrants. The majority of my patients are socio-economically disadvantaged and thus, have many barriers to receiving proper health care. Although serving these patients as their primary care provider is important to me, it is still not enough. I want to make changes directly at the system and policy level. Therefore, I am now directing the organization’s ARNP Residency, which will have its first class in September 2014. The program’s mission is “to educate and retain well-rounded, highly autonomous, effective, and culturally-competent Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) who will serve as primary care providers in community health settings”. This is a one year intensive training program for NPs who recently graduated, who would like additional education to become stronger clinicians so that they can serve complex community health patients. My next step is to continue my work with The National Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Programs (NNPRTP) Consortium to push for accreditation of NP residencies. This is one of the many national policy changes I’d like to be involved in. My current work is my dream career that has been crafted, nurtured and released from a rich education at SU.
I have always been committed to providing the best health care that I am capable of and doing so with dignity and respect. The DNP program is an extension of that process in my career path. My true passion was to “fix” a problem that I identified, hence my capstone project. By completing my DNP, I hope to find personal closure but also to change the practice that women who experience early pregnancy go through.
I choose Seattle U because I was familiar with the follow through of the school. This means that when I called the university, whether it was the CON, the registrar or financial aid, the phone was answered and I was given help to find resolution for the nature of my call. I had confidence in the professor’s putting my education as a priority and were committed to my success. I truly heard and listened to. This is in contrast to my experience at another local university where I had taken a course and was very clearly told that research was the priority and had difficulty finding answers to my questions.
Seattle U has provided me confidence to interact and collaborate with medical colleagues. I believe this was done with the various stages of coursework and the research I was required to complete.
I currently take of patients that require anti-coagulation and seniors in primary care. It is a great job because I am taking care of the patient population that I really enjoy but most of all because it provides me the flexibility to also be available to my family. My dream job would be to start my own clinic.